Preservation Inlet Cruise

From $4,590 per person

Saturday 21 November 2020 – Sunday 29 November 2020  (9 Days)

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.

 

Day 1                 Saturday 21 November 2020
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN - TRAVEL TO TE ANAU     (D)
This morning fly from Auckland 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                 Sunday 22 November 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                  Monday 23 November 2020
EXPLORE PRESERVATION INLET     (BLD)
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 the afternoon.

Day 4                  Tuesday 24 November 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 steam ship “Stella”.

Day 5                  Wednesday 25 November 2020
CHALKY INLET TO DUSKY SOUND     (BLD)
Today walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill 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                  Thursday 26 November 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 ship wreck. Continuing on cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Day 7                  Friday 27 November 2020
DUKSY 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                  Saturday 28 November 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                  Sunday 29 November 2020
TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN, HOME     (B)
This morning you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for the flight back to Auckland.

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.

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. 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!

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information about home collections can be found here (link to be included)
  • 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

Club Member Share Twin Cost:$4,590.00
Non Member Share Twin Cost:$4,640.00
Single Supplement:$1,950.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$1,000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 24 July 2020

Deposit amount needs to be paid within 7 days of booking and flights need to be purchased at the same time. We are unable to offer our Guaranteed Twin Share Price on this tour. No Promotional Discounts Available on this tour.

 

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.

 

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