Preservation Inlet Cruise
From $4390.00 per person
An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. A hidden gem of New Zealand, this is definitely a cruise of a lifetime.
Friday 6 September – Saturday 14 September 2019 (9 Days)
Day 1 – Friday 6 September 2019 HOME CITIES TO TE ANAU
Fly from home cities to Queenstown. You will be met at the airport and then travel to Te Anau for your overnight stay before commencing your Preservation Inlet Cruise tomorrow. Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau
Day 2 – Saturday 7 September 2019 TE ANAU TO BREAKSEE SOUND
Cruise across Lake Manapouri, coach over stunning Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. Board the Milford Wanderer and cruise out of Doubtful Sound with a 3-hour sea passage to Breaksea Sound to conclude the day.
Day 3 – Sunday 8 September 2019 BREAKSEE SOUND TO DUSKY SOUND
Cruise through Acheron passage to Dusky Sound and visit the 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 – Monday 9 September 2019 EXPLORE DUSKY SOUND
Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile harbour, site of NZ’s first known European ship wreck. Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.
Day 5 – Tuesday 10 September 2019 DUSKY SOUND TO CHALKY INLET Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Pt – named and used by Cook during his five week stay in 1773. Three hour sea passage to Chalky Inlet. Walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill site. Anchor at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship “Stella”.
Day 6 – Wednesday 11 September 2019 CHALKY INLET TO PRESERVATION INLET
In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in afternoon.
Day 7 – Thursday 12 September 2019 PRESERVATION INLET
Visit Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Take in the golden beaches of Spit Island.
Day 8 – Friday 13 September 2019 PRESERVATION INLET TO MANPOURI
Helicopter from Weka Island Barge to West Arm of Manapouri – flights commencing from 11am. Visit the underground power station* then cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre. You will then be transferred back to your accommodation in Te Anau.
Day 9 – Saturday 14 September 2019 TE ANAU TO HOME CITIES
This morning you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for the commencement of your journey to your home destination.