Fiordland – South-Western Tour

Preservation and Chalky Inlet

Amazing, Isolated, Rugged and Uninhabited

Helicopter flight to and from the vessel from Te Anau. This is a helicopter flight like none other, fly over breath taking snow-capped mountains and spectacular terrain.

The perfect way to start and finish a once in a life time holiday in our own piece of paradise.

Travel in the path of Captain James Cook and learn all about the rich and fascinating history of his early voyages to this remote part of New Zealand.

Learn the history of the thriving gold-mining town and sawmills of this region from the 1890’s.

Walk through beautiful remote native rainforest that has never been cleared, it is still in its original state as it was before man stepped foot on the land.

Get up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffs.

Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine area.

Walk to the most South-Western Lighthouse in NZ at Puysegur Point.

The lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse in New Zealand, only becoming automated in the last few years.

Visit the Historic remains at Tarawera Silver mine smelter.  Like many of the area’s landmarks this is only accessible by boat.

Experience picturesque sunrises and sunsets.

View clear night skies like you’ve never seen before, with an abundance of stars.

Tour Type

Walking Tour

General Tour

Duration

4 Days 3 Nights

Fitness

Price

NZ$2899

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Day 1

Te Anau to Doubtful Sound

Various

The Launch Affinity

Your adventure starts from your overnight accommodation in Te Anau.

At approximately 8:30 am the helicopter company will pick you up and take you to the helicopter pad for your magnificent flight into the fiords where the vessel and crew of Affinity will be waiting to welcome you onboard.

Once all passengers are onboard and settled in, the crew will give you a safety briefing before heading off on your adventure.

Note; there may be two or three flights.

You will visit the old Tarawera Silver Smelter and look at the wonderful sights of this area as well as doing a bit of social fishing (just enough for a meal).

Day 2 and 3

Fiordland

Various

The Launch Affinity

Over the next two days you will discover the following (the order in which these are done will be determined by the weather and time and at the Captains discretion).

  • Visit the Old Oil Store and walk to New Zealand’s most South Western Lighthouse at Puysegur Point, this walk to the lighthouse and the stories that the crew re-tell about the lighthouse keepers gives you an understanding and admiration of these hardy folks that did such an important job.
  • We may be able to visit the very remote Kisbee Lodge. The site use to be the town of Cromarty. Now it’s all over grown except the Lodge. Cromarty was known for gold mining and whale hunting.
  • Cruise to Chalky Inlet, exploring the different sounds along the way.
  • Fish for blue cod for dinner.
  • Go ashore at Cunaris Sound and explore the area. This is where there are a number of very large trees including massive Rimu trees.
Day 4

After breakfast it’s time to head out for your helicopter flight back to Te Anau, they will again return you to your accommodation.

What's included?

Accommodation

Accommodation is onboard the vessel in eight cabins (twin share – bed and bunk or double bed)

  • 3 bathroom facilities, separate ladies and men’s, with a good supply of hot water and these are found on the main deck
  • Air conditioning
  • Spacious vessel both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge area

 

Vessel

The vessel Affinity was purpose built in Picton by Carey’s Boatyard for the type of cruising that she does. Affinity has 8 guest cabins, a comfortable lounge for dining and relaxing and a spacious deck.
  • The cruise is fully catered for and all linen is supplied
  • Spacious vessel both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge area
  • Lots of interesting books to read, as well as a few board games
  • Easy access both on and off the vessel, and with both platform steps at the stern of the vessel
  • 4-meter inflatable tender for shore excursions and for use when divers are in the water
  • Use of gumboots for on deck and going ashore
  • First aid certificates held by crew members plus an oxygen cylinder onboard
  • Vessel applies with all safety regulations and holds all appropriate license.

    Food

    • Continental Breakfasts – Cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads.
    • Lunches
    • Pre-Dinner nibbles – Selection of cheese, crackers, chips, dips & dried fruit
    • Dinners – these are generally home style meals of meat and seasonal vegetables, sauces and gravies. Meats are generally; Roasted chicken quarters, baked salmon, steak, corn silverside, tasty casseroles.
    • Desserts – These range from pavlova, apple sponge, fruit salad and ice cream, trifle etc…

    Tea, Coffee and Juice are available.

    If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

    All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.

     

    General

    There are no laundry facilities available. Small items can be hand washed.

    Q. How long have you been operating?
    A. Affinity Cruises have been operating since 1996.

    Q. What are the cabins like?
    A. Seven cabins can be either double (double bed on the bottom with a single bed above the foot) or twin share (two single bunk style beds with the second bed above the foot of the bottom bed). One cabin is either just a single or double, does not have bed across the foot of the other bed.

    Q. What bedding / linen is provided?
    A. Each bed is made ready for your arrival with sheets and duvets. You are allocated two towels for a seven day cruise, this is to reduce the effect on the environment.

    Q. What if I have special dietary requirements?
    A. There is a place on the booking form that covers your requirements. We will do our very best to accommodate your requirements but in some cases we may ask you to bring along some of your favourites.

    Q. What is there to buy in your on board shop?
    A. Items such as T-Shirts, hats, coasters, drink bottles, key rings etc…

    Q. I often suffer from seasickness – what can you suggest to help me?
    A. Ginger is known to contain properties to alleviate nausea. There is also other options from pharmacies and supermarkets (sea legs tablets, pressure bands etc…) If you are feeling unwell talk to one of the crew as soon as possible.

    Q. Am I limited to the amount of luggage I can bring?
    A. As there is limited room onboard we recommend 1 medium sized bag per person.

    Q. What is the temperature in Fiordland?
    A. Average temperature over winter in Fiordland can range between 20 – 30°c

    Q. Is there secure car storage while I am onboard?
    A.Yes in Te Anau please ask for contact details when enquiring.

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