12 Days, from Fiordland National Park to South Island
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.
Ideal in the winter season
Day 1Milford Sound
Fly into Milford Sound to be greeted by your friendly crew before a short tender journey to your 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 – recognised as a World Heritage site.
Day 2Doubtful Sound
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 anchor sheltered by a beautiful cove to absorb the serenity of your surroundings over dinner.
Day 3Doubtful Sound to Breaksea Sound
Cruise from Doubtful Sound to Breaksea Sound through a 50nm sea passage, boasting spectacular scenery.
Day 4Breaksea Sound to Preservation Inlet
Journey from Breaksea Sound to Preservation Inlet - known as Rakituma (or ‘the threatening sky’) amongst early Maori settlers , it 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. Next turn your attention to Steward Oban and its main town, Oban.
Day 5, 6 & 7Stewart Island
Explore Stewart Island, being sure to plan a tour of the local conservation, comprising of golden dense forests and an unspoiled coastline of gold-sand beaches and unusual outcrops. Sample the island’s finest seafood delicacies, including rock lobster, blue cod and Bluff oysters.
Day 8Port Otago
Cruise 142nm to Dunedin at Port Otago to see little blue penguins in the natural habitat on the Otago Peninsula. Go north to Taiaroa Head to admire the majestic northern royal albatross, which can travel at speeds of up to 120kph.
Day 9, 10 & 11Port 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.
Depart from Christchurch.