Unseen Stewart Island

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    18 – 25 October 2022
    2-8 November 2022

    Royal  NZ$8,400 pp (2022)
    Located on the Bridge Deck, our Master Suite features a spacious bedroom with a queen-sized
    bed, ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, mirror and washbasin, private en suite, personal
    climate control, TV, PABX satellite telephone, window and French doors opening out on to the covered Bridge Deck.

    Salvin’s  Z$6,825 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, Salvin’s cabins have the option of either a double bed or two lower
    berths. Both feature ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a picture porthole.

    Wandering NZ$7,175 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, Wandering cabins feature one lower single berth, ample storage with
    wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.

    Buller’s NZ$6,125 pp (2022)
    Located on the Lower Deck, the Buller’s cabin features one bunk (one upper and one lower berth),
    ample storage with wardrobe and drawers, TV, PABX satellite telephone, private en suite and a porthole.

    * All prices are per person in NZ$

    Premium drinks package NZ$200 pp*

    Landing fees, pre and post cruise ferry and transfer, all on board ship
    accommodation with meals and all shore excursions and activities. GST,
    house drinks, expert on board naturalist guides.

    All items of a personal nature, laundry, domestic flights, extensions and travel

    Day 1: Invercargill/Oban
    Make your way to the designated meeting point in Invercargill where you will meet your fellow travellers before being transferred to Bluff to catch the Stewart Island Ferry (times will be confirmed with your voyage documents) to Oban. The Captain and Expedition Leader will be waiting to welcome you aboard Heritage Explorer at Oban and show you to your cabin as you settle into life aboard your home away from home.

    Day 2: Paterson Inlet
    Awake refreshed this morning after your first night on board and enjoy breakfast among the wide open spaces and serenity of Stewart Island’s primeval landscape. Today we plan to explore Paterson
    Inlet, its near 100-kilometre square expanse features bush-clad bays, beaches and inlets, is studded with around 20 islands and its waters frequently visited by Bottlenose Dolphins.
    During our time here there will be opportunities to visit the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and Kaipipi Bay, where from 1923 and 1933 the Ross Sea Whaling Company of Sandefjord, Norway ran a repair base where chaser boats were serviced in preparation for the Antarctic summer, walk one of the many forest trails and explore predator-free bird sanctuary Ulva Island with our knowledgeable guides and marvel at the variety of birdlife which flourishes here.

    Day 3: Port Adventure
    Exploring southwards along the eastern coast of Stewart Island there are several well protected and
    important harbours for us to visit, with Port Adventure being the first of these we reach. Popular for fishing, hunting and diving this bay once housed a small Maori settlement who arrived from The Neck in 1843. Here opportunities could include visiting the Port Adventure Hunters Hut in the Northern Arm, Zodiac cruising the coastline and the spectacular Heron River, along with adventures ashore on foot.

    Days 4 – 6: Port Pegasus
    Sure to be one of the highlights of our voyage, we have three days to explore the remote, undisturbed
    beauty of Port Pegasus. Isolated at the southern end of the island, with access predominantly by sea,
    there is much to explore and experience among this undisturbed wilderness over the following three
    days. Boasting an expansive harbour laced with waterways, arms and channels, several waterfalls
    and three main islands – Pearl Island (the largest) in the north, Anchorage Island in the centre, and
    Noble Island in the south – provides an unrivalled opportunity to immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Stewart Island. We will spend our time exploring Zodiac and kayak, venturing into hidden coves and landing on pristine white sand beaches where few have set foot before. There are also a number of excellent walking options including exploring the Granite Domes to the west of Gog and Magog, or venturing onto the southern extension of the subalpine Tin Range, the eastern area of which would become the last refuge for Kākāpo in the second half of the twentieth century. The marine life here abounds with Hooker’s New Zealand Sea Lions and Yellow-eyed Penguins
    regularly seen. For those who enjoy fishing there will be ample opportunity to try your luck at catching a meal for the table.

    Day 7: Lords River
    Returning northwards along the shores of Stewart Island’s east coast, Heritage Explorer ventures into the sheltered waters of Lords River, the longest navigable river on Stewart Island at 8 kilometres. Considered one of the most spectacular and unspoilt areas of  New Zealand and the country’s Amazon, a historic deed was signed in 1999 to protect the area’s 3,515 hecatres of virgin native forest. Here we will take the opportunity to enjoy a Zodiac safari up this fascinating winding estuary with its tannin-stained water reminiscent of Fiordland as it snakes its way to the ocean from the interior of Stewart Island.

    Day 8: Oban/Invercargill
    This morning Heritage Explorer returns to Oban where, after a final breakfast and farewells, you are
    transferred to the Stewart Island Ferry for your return sailing to Bluff and onwards transfer to a central
    Invercargill drop off point or the airport. In case of unexpected delays, we ask you not to book any
    onward travel from Invercargill until after midday. Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

    See full 2022 itinerary here WET_Unseen Stewart_Island_10-11.22