Preservation Inlet Cruise

Moderate Fitness Level

From $6,515 per person

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Friday 14 – Saturday 22 April 2023 (9 Days)

Take the trip of a lifetime to explore five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords onboard the Milford Wanderer. Cruise around Preservation and Chalky Inlets along with the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. 

Day 1              Friday 14 April 2023
Your adventure begins with a flight from Auckland to Queenstown. Upon arrival you travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park. Staying overnight in Te Anau before starting the magical Preservation Inlet Cruise tomorrow. Enjoy dinner tonight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau – 1 night

Day 2                  Saturday 15 April 2023
After breakfast this morning, travel to the Manapouri Visitor Centre where you begin the cruise to the other side of Lake Manapouri to reach West Arm. Taking to the sky, fly by helicopter to the Weka Island Barge to board the Milford Wanderer. This purpose-built vessel is designed especially to navigate through the Fiordland National Park and will be your home for the next six nights while exploring the many majestic fiords.
Accommodation: Onboard Milford Wanderer – 6 nights

Day 3                  Sunday 16 April 2023
Starting your first full day on board, spend time visiting the historic sites of Cromarty and Te Oneroa. Explore the mining relics and townships that are being reclaimed by nature. This afternoon, there is the option to walk the 5km return track to Puysegur Point Light House.

Day 4                  Monday 17 April 2023
Today explore the Tarawera Silver Mine and Smelter located in the Isthmus Sound, finding the reclining black chimney and steam boiler, all that remain of this historic site. Next visit the site of New Zealand’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Cruising to the Chalky Inlet, take in the sandy beaches of Spit Island before anchoring near the rusting hull of the 1800’s government steam ship “Stella” at North Port.

Day 5                  Tuesday 18 April 2023
This morning, take a stroll on the beach at South Port to visit the old saw mill site. Back on board the Milford Wanderer, cruise through stunning passes to reach Dusky Sound. Here take time to explore Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Point, both places named and used by Captain Cook in 1773.

Day 6                  Wednesday 19 April 2023
Today make a visit to the house of early conservationist, Richard Henry, located on Pigeon Island. After this fascinating stop cruise Facile Harbour to the site of New Zealand’s first known European shipwreck. Cruising through Earshell Cove and through the narrow channels of Resolution Island, arrive at The Basin for the opportunity to take a walk or do some kayaking.

Day 7                  Thursday 20 April 2023
This morning visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. Here there is the option to take a 2.5km guided walk over the predator-free Anchor Island. Cruise through the Ancheron passage to reach Breaksea Sound where you begin the 3-hour journey to Doubtful Sound.

Day 8                  Friday 21 April 2023
After cruising around the stunning Doubtful Sound this morning, enjoy lunch in Hall Arm. Returning to land and leaving behind the Milford Wanderer in Deep Cove, cross over the incredible Wilmot Pass by coach. Cruising back across Lake Manapouri, you complete your journey as you arrive at the Manapouri Visitor Centre. From here you will be transferred to your accommodation in Te Anau, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 9                  Saturday 22 April 2023
DEPART TE ANAU          (B)
This morning return home with a flight from Queenstown to Auckland, departing with many splendid memories of your adventure.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Escape into the serene surroundings of Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau which is conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and only a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake and launching pad for many water based activities. There are two fabulous on-site dining options, both with complimentary WiFi. Hilights Restaurant shows off views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau and Bailiez has a popular café style menu, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring Fiordland.

Real Journeys Milford Wanderer on the Preservation Inlet Cruise

Milford Wanderer

The Milford Wanderer, is a modern motorised vessel that has been purpose built for navigating southern New Zealand. Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, it has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment.

The sleeping quarters on board the Milford Wanderer are warm and comfortable (two passengers per sleeping compartment) with a maximum of 32 passengers per departure. There are shared bathroom facilities onboard the vessel. All linen and towels are provided. Delicious meals prepared by onboard chef. The galley is well provisioned and all meals are catered; including morning and afternoon teas. In fact Discovery Expeditions are famous for their delicious and plentiful home-cooked meals, so you certainly won’t go home hungry!

Kingsgate Hotel

A perfectly located hotel with breath-taking views of Lake Te Anau; and across the water the most majestic mountains. A hotel that serves as a great base to allow the adventurous to discover and explore the region’s spectacular natural wonders of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, and cruises within Fiordland National Park, or Milford Sound. Featuring 94 modern guest rooms, with double beds and adjoining rooms for families.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information about home collections can be found here
  • Auckland to Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
  • Private return transfers between Queenstown and Te Anau
  • 2 nights accommodation at Distinction Luxmore Hotel with private en suite
  • 6 night cruise of Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds and Preservation and Chalky Inlets on the Milford Wanderer with Private Cabin but shared bathroom facilities (1-way helicopter transfer included)
  • On-board specialist nature guides who provide informative commentary and evening talks
  • Tender craft and kayaks for exploration of the coastline
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners included

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Twin/Double Share: $6,515.00
Single Supplement: $4,550.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking $1,000.00

Discounts available for Travel Club Members - Please Enquire

Full balance of tour payment due by Thursday 15 December 2022


Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? NO

Unfortunately, our guaranteed twin share pricing is not available on this tour. If we do not have a suitable match for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement.

What fitness level is required for this tour? MODERATE LEVEL

To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour. 

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES

Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.

Are roadside morning teas included on this tour? NO

No, roadside morning teas are not included for this tour. However, all meals including morning and afternoon teas are provided while on board the Milford Wanderer. 

Do I need travel insurance?

Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today. 

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one medium sized pack or soft suitcase weighing no more than 20kg and one piece of hand luggage. Please carry all medications in your hand luggage & keep them with you at all times, DO NOT pack in your suitcase as you will be seperated from your luggage at times.  

What clothing should I pack?

For your Preservation Inlet Cruise, we recommend light, quick drying materials (e.g. Thermal or Merino) for wearing next to your skin, covered by warm outerwear and a waterproof layer. We also suggest at least two changes of clothes for both on-board and walking/weather gear.

Essential items to bring for Off-boat activities:

  • Knee high gumboots (for walking in wet weather conditions) - wear on day of departure if you are heli in on the first day
  • Sandshoes/tramping boots (for dry walking conditions)
  • Weather/waterproof jacket - in your hand luggage
  • Weather/waterproof over-trousers - in your hand luggage
  • Walking clothes (e.g. shorts, trousers, long-johns, layers of warm clothing)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm socks (woollen)
  • Day pack
  • Sunblock
  • Insect repellent

On-boat activities:

  • Casual shoes for inside wear
  • Casual shirts/t-shirts etc
  • Two jerseys and a warm jacket
  • Sleeping attire/underwear
  • Personal toiletries (towels are supplied on board)
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication and/or seasickness tablets


  • Camera and accessories
  • Binoculars
  • Torch
  • Tramping/walking poles
  • Ear plugs
  • Hot Water bottle/wheat-bag

Preservation Inlet 2023

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