Preservation Inlet, Dusky Sound, Stewart Island extended cruises.


Itinerary: - Heli in.

Commence Queenstown 

2024:  April 19 and September 13: 

2025: May 09. September 05.

Please note itinerary may be amended to be in the best place in the best weather!.


Arrive Queenstown and you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free,


We drive to Manapouri and cruise across the bush fringed lake to West Arm then drive across Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. Board our comfortable home  "Milford Wanderer" for the next 6 nights.. We sail mid afternoon for a 3 hour sea passage to Breaksea Sound and anchor for the night. Dinner on board.


Cruise through the Acheron Passage to Dusky Sound and visit Shag Islands and Sportsman Cove. In the afternoon visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand's first European and sealers settlement. Optional guided walk (2,5km) over predator free Anchor Island. 

Day 4.           EXPLORE DUSKY SOUND    (BLD)

Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry's house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile Harbour, site of New Zealand's first known shipwreck. Cruise through the Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Day 5.                 DUSKY SOUND TO CHALKY INLET      (BLD)

Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Point  - named and used by Captain Cook during his 5 week stay in 1773. Three hour sea passage with spectacular views of the rugged Fiordland Coast  to Chalky Inlet. Walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old sawmill site. Anchor at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800's government steamship "Stella"     


In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5 km return walk to Puysegur Point lighthouse in the afternoon.


Visit Tarawera smelter's reclining brick chimney and the site of New Zealand's first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Also take in the golden beaches of Spit Island.


We say farewell to our friendly crew and discover Fiordland from a new perspective as we helicopter back to Manapouri and drive back to Queenstown for 1 night.

Day 9.           QUEENSTOWN DEPART (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for departure. You are welcome to stay longer if you wish.

Options to Stewart Island or why not continue on our West Coast extension departing wednesday for Franz Josef Glacier, Hokitika, Punakaiki, and Christchurch or Nelson.


Itinerary: - Heli out . Commence Queenstown

2024:  April 27

2025:  May 03, 

Please note itinerary may be amended to be in the best place in the best weather!.

Day 1. Arrive Queenstown and transfer to hotel

Day 2. Drive to Manapouri, cruise to West Arm, and helicopter to Weka Island. Cruise to  Preservation Inlet.

Day 3. Visit the site of Cromarty town, relics of Te Oneroa, and walk to Puysegur Lighthouse

Day 4. Visit Spit Island, Cuttle Cove, Chalky Inlet

Day 5. One hour walk to South Port, 3 hour sea passage to Dusky Sound, Pickersgill harbour and Astronomers Point,.

Day 6. Explore Dusky Sound including Pigeon island, Facile Harbour, and Resolution Island

Day 7.  Visit Luncheon Cove and 3 hour guided walk over predator free Anchor Island. Cruise through Acheron Passage and return to Doubtful Sound.

Day 8. Cruise Doubtful Sound and coach over Wilmot Pass, cruise to Manapouri, and transfer to Queenstown.

Day 9. Transfer to the airport. 


DISCOVER STEWART ISLAND - 7 days/6 nights including 1 night Invercargill hotel before and after your cruise and 5 nights cruise.

Commence Invercargill

2024: July 04, 09, 28, August 02

2025: August 03, 08


Day 1. Arrive Invercargill and transfer to hotel

Day 2. Transfer to Bluff and take the catamaran to Half Moon Bay to board "Milford Wanderer".  Cruise to Port Adventure, where oysters were first harvested commercially in the 1800's and finish the day with a beach or forest walk.

Day 3. Approximately 3 hours at sea to Port Pegasus with time for kayaking and/or a walk to the lookout above Evening Cove.

Day 4. Morning walk around Port Pegasus including a  walk up the impressive granite peak of Bald Cone and a walk to Broad Bay or Small Craft Harbour in the afternoon.  

Day 5. Visit the 1800's fishing base at North Pegasus and the Belltopper Falls then a four hour passage to Paterson Inlet in the afternoon. 

Day 6. Explore the predator free bird sanctuary of Ulva Island this morning. In the afternoon visit the historic Norwegian whaling station in Prices Inlet and/or kayak Kaipipi Bay.

Day 7. This morning walk from Golden Bay to Half Moon Bay and Oban township. Return to Bluff by catamaran this afternoon and transfer back to your hotel.

Day 8. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Tour cost per person

2024:   2 per cabin/room.   $3,890.....Single cabin/room.   $7,250

2025:   2 per cabin/room. $4,799.......Single cabin/room. $8650

Tour cost includes:

** Arrival and departure transfers in Invercargill

** 2 nights accommodation and breakfast in Invercargill

** Transfers to and from Bluff and return Catamaran to Oban

**  5 night cruise aboard "Milford Wanderer" including all meals and activities.


Please note: "Milford Wanderer" accommodates a maximum of 32 guests in 16 private cabins with shared unisex bathrooms with hot showers.  She has two great viewing decks and cosy dining saloon for meals and relaxation. There are kayaks on board for independent exploration. These are expedition cruises and a good standard of fitness is required including (1) being able to walk on uneven terrain for up to 3 hours, (2)  walk up and down steep stairs, (3) navigate uneven surfaces, (4)  move around unassisted, (5) get in an out of ships tender and (6) climb in and out of helicopters. 

$100 from every passenger fare is donated to Department of Conservation Dusky Sound Conservation and Restoration programme. 


9 days / 8 nights. 


April 19 - 27. Heli in 

April 27 - 04 May. Heli out.

September 13-21. Heli in

Tour cost per person, 2024

2 per cabin/hotel room: $4,990. 

Single cabin/room:      $9,300

September 05.


May 03 - 11. Heli Out

May 09 - 17. Heli in

September 05 - 13. Heli in


Tour cost per person, 2025

2 per cabin/hotel room:  $6,300

Single cabin/room:      $11,540


Tour cost includes:

** Arrival and departure transfers in Queenstown

** Two nights accommodation and breakfast in Queenstown at 4 star hotel

** Road transfers between Queenstown and Manapouri

**  Helicopter flight from Preservation Inlet to Manapouri or vice versa 

** 6 night cruise aboard "Milford Wanderer" including all meals and shore excursions. Maximum 32 passengers.


Deposits and payment

A deposit of $1,100 per person share twin $1,800 single is due within 7 days of reservation confirmation. 

Balance is due by 25 September.

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