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Cruise New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds

Cruise New Zealand’s Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds

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Description

Discover the wonders of New Zealand’s Premier cruising destinations aboard our comfy vessel “Affinity”. A unique nautical experience in a relaxed atmosphere that you can only experience with small ship cruising.

In designing our itineraries, we had to keep in mind what our passengers (who often turn into friends) wanted:

Interesting and flexible itineraries.
Special requests to visit areas of importance to them.
Not to rush around, but to sit back and take in the atmosphere.
Good Kiwi food like mum used to make.
We feel that we have all the above and more on our cruises, and are proud to say it. So if you have always wanted to explore these places but never knew how to before, what are you waiting for?

Experience your dream with us!

Trip Name
Cruise New Zealand's Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds
Days
7
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Passenger Capacity: 16 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. Affinity Features: Accommodation is onboard the vessel in 8 cabins (twin share — bed and bunk or double bed). If you are a sole passenger and require a cabin to yourself, our single supplement is available. All cruises are fully catered and all linen is supplied. 3 bathrooms facilities on the main deck — separate ladie's and men’s — with a good supply of hot water. Air conditioning for summer and central heating for winter. 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, with platform steps at the stern of the vessel. 4-metre 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 complies with all safety regulations and holds all appropriate licences.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 - Picton
Board in Picton 4pm
Day 2 - Day 2 - 6 - Enjoy Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds
•Visit French Pass and d’Urville Island and indulge in a delicious dinner at The Wilderness Resort Café, d’Urville Island.•Cruise Kenepuru Sound past iconic places such as Portage Hotel and St Omer House.•Visit Worlds End and walk part of the Archer Track•Hear the story of the Russian cruise liner ‘Mikhail Lermontov’ and see the area where she now lies at the bottom of the sea.•Visit a salmon farm where the process of salmon farming will be explained.•Cruise past a King Shag colony. King Shag can only be found in this remote part of New Zealand.•Cast your rod and try your luck at catching a Blue Cod and other species in the waters of this area. There’s nothing like eating fresh fish caught by your own hands.•Visit Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island where Robins, Tuis, Kiwis, Bellbirds and Kakariki live. Hear the birdsong and look out for the rare South Island Saddleback as you walk along.•Go ashore at Ship Cove where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770’s. Here you will find information panels explaining early Maori occupation and a monument to honour Captain Cook.•Walk sections of the award-winning Queen Charlotte Track, which features regenerated native bush with Giant Rimu, Nikau, Beech trees and tree ferns.•Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds as we leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves of the Sounds.Please note: All walks are optional, you may wish to stay on board and relax, and there may be a shorter walk option that would suit you better. Please understand you are responsible for your own safety and actions during these unguided walks.
Day 3 - Day 7 - Havelock
Trip ends Havelock 0900 hrs
Day 4 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

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Inclusions

    • Visit French Pass and d’Urville Island and indulge in a delicious dinner at The Wilderness Resort Café, d’Urville Island.
    • Cruise Kenepuru Sound past iconic places such as Portage Hotel and St Omer House.
    • Visit Worlds End and walk part of the Archer Track
    • Hear the story of the Russian cruise liner ‘Mikhail Lermontov’ and see the area where she now lies at the bottom of the sea.
    • Visit a salmon farm where the process of salmon farming will be explained.
    • Cruise past a King Shag colony. King Shag can only be found in this remote part of New Zealand.
    • Cast your rod and try your luck at catching a Blue Cod and other species in the waters of this area. There’s nothing like eating fresh fish caught by your own hands.
    • Visit Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island where Robins, Tuis, Kiwis, Bellbirds and Kakariki live. Hear the birdsong and look out for the rare South Island Saddleback as you walk along.
    • Go ashore at Ship Cove where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770’s. Here you will find information panels explaining early Maori occupation and a monument to honour Captain Cook.
    • Walk sections of the award-winning Queen Charlotte Track, which features regenerated native bush with Giant Rimu, Nikau, Beech trees and tree ferns.
    • Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds as we leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves of the Sounds.

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