Ideal for Winter Season
Travel to the rarely chartered waters of southern New Zealand to discover enchanting clusters islands and fiords, inhabited by friendly bottlenose dolphins and majestic seabirds. Offering an idyllic blend of lush farmland and extraordinary marine life, the allure of a charter itinerary visiting the Fiordland National park and South Island is irresistible.
- Day 1
Fly into Milford Sound to be greeted by your friendly crew before a short tender journey to your luxury private charter yacht at anchor.
Once settled on board, enjoy first-class cuisine whilst admiring the surrounding scenery of waterfalls and emerald-green mountainous terrain reaching peaks of 400ft above sea level – recognized as a World Heritage site.
- Day 2
Following breakfast, cruise around 50m to Doubtful Sound, to meet seals, penguins and a resident pod of Bottlenose dolphins against a dramatic backdrop of captivating wilderness.
Travel the full length of the fiord and discover secret coves and waterways and late anchors sheltered by a beautiful cove to absorb the serenity of your surroundings over dinner.
- Day 3
Doubtful Sound to Breaksea Sound
Cruise from Doubtful Sound to Breaksea Sound through a 50nm sea passage, boasting spectacular scenery.
Your arrival at the tranquil Breaksea sound will most likely be one to remember. Surrounded by photogenic waterfalls, dramatic landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, this is a spot for lovers of life and nature. You well may be met by a pod of dolphins, the famously social mammals which are lucky enough to call these waters their home.
- Day 4
Breaksea Sound to Preservation Inlet
The journey from Breaksea Sound to Preservation Inlet - known as Rakituma (or ‘the threatening sky’) amongst early Maori settlers, was the site of battles between Ngatimamoe and Ngaitahu tribes in the late 18th century.
Look out for the remains of New Zealand’s first settlers from Europe, as well as the local whales which inhabit the inlet. Offering remote wind-swept coastlines and grand sweeping beaches, this isolated and beautiful area is one to remember. With a fascinating history, guests can learn all about Preservation Inlets' past before turning their attention to Steward Oban and its main town, Oban.
- Day 5, 6 & 7
Explore New Zealand's third largest island, the beautiful Stewart Island, located across the Foveaux Strait, situated 30 km south of the South Island.
Over 85% of the island is a National Park, so be sure to plan a tour of the local conservation, comprising golden dense forests and an unspoiled coastline of gold-sand beaches and unusual outcrops. The island is perfect for nature lovers and many yacht charters chose to visit the area because of its outstanding natural beauty and wonderful bird-watching and hiking opportunities. Before you leave the island, make sure you sample the island’s finest seafood delicacies, including rock lobster, blue cod and Bluff oysters.
- Day 8
Cruise 142nm to Dunedin at Port Otago to see little blue penguins in their natural habitat on the Otago Peninsula.
An area of pristine beauty and picture-perfect nature, the Otago Peninsula provides guests with the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the marine life in their natural habitat. Go north to Taiaroa Head to admire the majestic northern royal albatross, which can travel at speeds up to 120 kph. The outer peninsula adjacent to Taiaroa Head is one of three main congregating areas for dusky dolphins in New Zealand waters, the harbor and peninsula host important areas for breeding and nursing, so you are likely to see many in the area.
- Day 9, 10 & 11
Port Otago to Banks Peninsula
Travel on to Banks Peninsula in Akaroa from Port Otago, to enjoy the local sights and history, shaped by settlers from France and England.
A truly special place, Banks is a peninsula of volcanic origin on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand that offers a wide range of experiences very close to Christchurch City. Encompassing two large harbors and many smaller bays, coves, and the most unique landforms, guests can admire endless hills and rolling landscapes which provide the perfect backdrop to your yacht charter vacation.
- Day 12
As you cruise to Christchurch, take in all the wonderful scenery that passes you by.
Say your goodbyes to the crew as you disembark from your private yacht charter and reminisce on the good times. If flight times allow, make sure you explore a little of what Christchurch has to offer, as the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, you will find there are plenty of beautiful nature reserves and historically brilliant architecture that deserve a moment of your time.
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*All distances are approximate