Southern Fiords Discovery


    1 – 7 July 2021
    30 July – 5 August 2021
    5 – 11 August 2021
    20 – 26 August 2021
    11 – 17 September 2021
    17 – 23 September 2021
    23 – 29 September 2021

    We’re excited to see a new vessel in the Heritage Expeditions fleet – Heritage Explorer.
    Built by renowned wooden boatbuilding family Carey’s Boatyard in Picton, this 30-metre motor yacht cuts a striking shape in the water with a considered design that’s both ahead of its time and showcases a clever balance of privacy, comfort, spaciousness and agility allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of New Zealand’s backyard while introducing new levels of bespoke comfort.

    Tastefully decorated, Heritage Explorer’s contemporary wood-finished interior features 10 well-appointed cabins; dining room boasting spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities; lounge and bar featuring a flight of inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits; and a well-stocked local library. Outside, enjoy plenty of covered space on the Bridge Deck, or ajourn to the Sun Deck perfect for wildlife spotting, sunrises and sunsets, or simply watch your voyage unfold.

    Robust yet refined, Heritage Explorer features state-of-the-art technology to provide a comfortable expedition. Read more here DT_Introducing Heritage Explorer

    Day 1: Te Anau/Preservation Inlet
    Make your way to the designated meeting point in Te Anau then take in the awe-inspiring scenery as you enjoy a spectacular helicopter transfer to join Heritage Explorer in Preservation Inlet (times and meeting point will be confirmed with your voyage documents). The captain and expedition leader will be waiting to welcome you aboard Heritage Explorer and show you to your cabin. Settle into life aboard before we set sail along Long Sound and enjoy your first impressions of the fiords and
    the unrestrained landscape of Southern Fiordland.

    Day 2: Preservation Inlet
    Today is dedicated to exploring Preservation Inlet, rich in history we will delve into the gold mining and forestry attempts that once made this now quiet waterway a bustling hub of activity. The area’s
    natural bounty saw more than 2,500 gold miners and saw millers flock to the region in the late 1890s,
    this early settler history at mining towns Cromarty and Te Oneroa, now reclaimed by nature, can still
    be observed, none more spectacularly than at the failed Tarawera Mine and Smelter, where the ruins
    of the smelter’s three-storey chimney were restored in 2015. Among the activity Preservation Inlet can also lay claim to having New Zealand’s first whaling station at Cuttle Cove and the location of one of the country’s most remote lighthouses at Puysegur Point, which began operation in 1879 perched
    some 40-feet above the south island’s most southwestern point. Here a great coastal walk, formerly
    a telegraph track built to connect the lighthouse, leads to the old landing shed at Otago Retreat.

    Day 3: Chalky Inlet
    The entrance to Chalky Inlet is guarded by the impressive limestone cliffs of Chalky Island, the
    inspiration behind Captain Cook’s naming of the fiord. One of several important predator free islands
    in the inlet including Great Island and Passage Islands, Chalky Island is home to some of New
    Zealand’s most critically endangered bird species including the Little Spotted Kiwi and Kakapo, and
    endemic Te Kakahua Skink, discovered in 2002. The protected harbours at North and South Port offer much to explore as the centres of the human history in the inlet with North Port the final resting place of the rusting hulk of purposely grounded GSS Stella while South Port reveals an industrial past with the remnants of once prolific sawmilling activity. Sailing to the head of the fiord the surrounding mountains envelope us with their majesty.

    Days 4 & 5: Dusky Sound
    Over the following two days we plan to leisurely expedition cruise through Dusky Sound visiting
    the some of the most significant historical and conservation sites in New Zealand as well as
    marvelling at the majestic scenery as we sail deep into the heart of Fiordland. A navigation through
    Acheron Passage, which separates Resolution Island from the mainland, is sure to be one of the highlights or our time in Fiordland. Predator-free Anchor Island homes half of the world’s population of Kakapo and Little Spotted Kiwi and is also the location of historic Luncheon Cove and a number of New Zealand firsts including New Zealand’s first sealing gang, the building of New Zealand’s first European homestead and first European designed ship, the 16-metre Providence built here and launched in 1795. On nearby on Pigeon Island learn the history of Richard Henry and his pioneering live transfer of birds to island refuges – an international first in wildlife conservation. While his attempts were unsuccessful due to stoats swimming over to the island, it is heartening to learn
    the island is now pest free and a sanctuary for native birdlife, with Henry’s vision fulfilled.

    Day 6: Dagg & Doubtful Sounds
    Flanked by towering cliffs and stretching inland for 13 picturesque kilometres, we hope to explore Dagg Sound before heading north to experience some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Fiordland – Doubtful Sound, or the sound of silence as it’s also known. Spanning some 40-kilometres and holding the title as New Zealand’s deepest fiord, Doubtful Sound with its cloud-scraping wilderness cloaked mountains, sheer stone cliffs, waterfalls, inlets, quiet coves and wildlife presents nature on the grandest scale. Photographic opportunities abound and our time spent here could include ship cruising Blanket Bay, the Shelter Islands, Pandora River, Deas Cove and Open
    Bay. Tonight we will find a sheltered anchorage in one of the many side arms that branch off the main fiord and enjoy a farewell dinner.

    Day 7: Doubtful Sound/Te Anau
    This morning we navigate to the very head of Doubtful Sound in Deep Cove home to several
    waterfalls including Helena and Lady Alice Falls. After a final breakfast and farewells, head ashore where a transfer to Te Anau, via the picturesque Wilmot Pass, the road constructed as part of the Manapouri hydro scheme, awaits. In case of unexpected delays, we ask you not to book any onward travel from Te Anau until after 3pm this afternoon.

    Note: Some voyages will operate the itinerary in reverse. 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. Voyages are planned and scheduled pending final regulatory approval.

    Full trip dossier here DT_Southern Fiords_Discovery_07-09.21

    ROYAL NZ$6,900 pp*
    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

    SALVINS .NZ$5,700 pp*
    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$6,300 pp*
    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$4,500 pp*
    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$

    PRICE INCLUDES
    Landing fees, pre cruise coach transfer and post cruise helicopter transfer, all on
    board ship accommodation with meals and all shore excursions and activities.
    GST, house drinks (beer, wine, soft drinks and spirits, expert on board naturalist
    guides.

    PRICE EXCLUDES
    All items of a personal nature, laundry, domestic flights, extensions and travel insurance.