Preservation Inlet Cruise

From $5,230 per person

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Friday 14 January – Saturday 22 January 2022  (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          Friday 14 January 2022
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          Saturday 15 January 2022
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 16 January 2022
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          Monday 17 January 2022
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          Tuesday 18 January 2022
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          Wednesday 19 January 2022
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         Thursday 20 January 2022
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 21 January 2022
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. 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 22 January 2022
This morning you will be transferred to the Queenstown Airport for the flight back to Auckland.

Distinction Hotel Luxmore Te Anau Front Exterior

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 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 bathrooms on 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!

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

Club Member Share Twin Cost:$5,185.00
Non Member Share Twin Cost:$5,230.00
Single Supplement:$3,150.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$1,000.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 15 October 2021

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.


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? YES

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
Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 14 September 2021

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
If you book a Packaged Tour with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  If you booked your Packaged Tour with us through an agent, the agent is deemed to have accepted these terms on your behalf.  We may ask you to sign a copy of these terms when you join your Packaged Tour to provide a record of your acceptance of these terms and you agree to sign these terms on our request.

The itinerary for your Packaged Tour 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.

Price Amendments
Prices were correct at the time and date of printing, however Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend the price subject to any changes in price imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary or major fluctuation in the exchange rates, or increases in government or other levies. The final tour cost will be guaranteed not to change once the full and final payment has been received. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low numbers and in this instance a full refund will be provided.

Health and Fitness
Passengers should be in good health and able to walk moderate distances to fully participate and experience the sightseeing opportunities within the enclosed itinerary.  All passengers are required to acknowledge that they are of reasonable health and are considered to be fit to travel and are not travelling contrary to any medical advice.  By acknowledging their health and fitness to participate passengers are indemnifying us from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any lack of health and fitness.  We reserve the right to remove a passenger from a tour if their health or fitness interferes with any other passenger’s experiences or the day to day running of the tour.  In this instance our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.  You agree that we have no liability to you for any loss, damage, costs or other effects of health problems you may encounter on your Packaged Tour.

Health and Safety Information Including COVID-19
For the health and safety of all passengers on tour any illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide us with a negative Covid19 test result received within the past 72 hours.  Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their tour manager and contact Healthline then visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital.  To return to the tour the passenger must be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour, obtaining and providing us with a written medical clearance – not just a negative Covid19 test.  Any costs incurred will be at the passenger’s own expense.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our passengers’ safety, and that of our staff and suppliers, has always been our top priority. As of 1 December 2021, Leisure Time Travel requires all passengers joining our tours to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a passenger is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, they may apply for an exemption to us by providing a medical certificate to us. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and it must identify your name and date of vaccination with final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.

Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
A non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to confirm your seat. All balance payments must be received by Leisure Time Travel prior to the date specified as per itinerary or your booking confirmation. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Cheque, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only –  Credit Card payments are not available without an additional 2% surcharge.  Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient numbers and in this  instance a substitute date will be offered or a full refund will be made available. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Travel strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. An important part of planning the holiday is to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy as it may prevent passengers from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help passengers feel protected during the holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

Preservation Inlet Cruise Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your booking:

  • 90+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 89-60 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 50% of the holiday price (50% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 60 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the holiday price (no refund)

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.

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

 COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to COVID-19, 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.

Preservation Inlet Cruise - Map

Milford Wanderer Preservation Inlet Cruise
The rugged Fiordland coastline on the Preservation Inlet Cruise
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