The Preservation Inlet Cruise

From $4,590 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 4 September 2020 – Saturday 12 September 2020  (9 Days)

Day 1 – Friday 04 September 2020 – ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN TRAVEL TO TE ANAU (D)
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.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 2 – Saturday 05 September 2020 Manapouri to Preservation Inlet (BLD)
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Manapouri Visitor Centre where you will begin your cruise to West Arm of Manapouri. You will then fly by helicopter to the Weka Island Barge to board the Milford Wanderer and cruise Preservation Inlet.

Day 3 Sunday 06 September 2020 Explore Preservation Inlet(BLD)
In the morning visit the townsite of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in the afternoon.

Day 4 Monday 07 September 2020 Explore Preservation Inlet to Chalky Inlet(BLD)
Today visit the Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Then take in the golden beaches of Spit Island. Cruise to Chalky Inlet, anchoring at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steamship “Stella”.

Day 5 Tuesday 08 September 2020 Chalky Inlet to Dusky Sound(BLD)
Today walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old sawmill site. This is followed by a three-hour sea passage to Dusky Sound. Then visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Pt – named and used by Cook during his five-week stay in 1773.

Day 6 Wednesday 09 September 2020 Explore Dusky Sound(BLD)
The day commences with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Then cruise Facile Harbour, the site of NZ’s first known European shipwreck. Continuing on a cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Day 7 Thursday 10 September 2020 Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound (BLD)
In the morning visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. There is then an optional guided walk (2.5km) over predator free Anchor Island. Then cruise through Acheron passage to Breaksea Sound followed by a 3-hour sea passage to Doubtful Sound.

Day 8 Friday 11 September 2020 Doubtful Sound to Te Anau (BD)
Today cruise Doubtful Sound and have lunch in Hall Arm then leave the Milford Wanderer in Deep Cove and cross by coach over the stunning Wilmot Pass. Stop en-route and visit the underground PowerStation then cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Manapouri Visitor Centre. From here you will be transferred to your accommodation in Te Anau.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 9 Saturday 12 September 2020 TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN, HOME (B)
This morning you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for the commencement of your journey to your home destination.

About the cruise….
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. From aboard the purpose-built vessel, you will trace the route Captain Cook took during his historic 1773 voyage to seek out the hypothetical Terra Australis. During your cruise, you will land on beautiful beaches and spend time exploring the coastline via tender craft and kayak. View the island sanctuaries set aside by New Zealand’s first conservationist Richard Henry and enjoy the rich wildlife you will encounter on the cruise.

Please note the itinerary is a general guide only and is subject to change based on weather conditions and crew judgement. In addition to below there is also lots of cruising, and extra kayaking or walking where time allows!