Fiordland – Kayaking Expedition

Fiordland – Kayaking Expedition

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This expedition provides the logistics and support for keen paddlers to explore the historic waterways of the southern Fiords. Soak in the history and outstanding scenery in Dusky Sound, Chalky Inlet and Port Preservation. We provide the Kayaks and equipment, great food, comfortable accommodation (twin share private facilities) and you paddle as often and as far as you want and rest in between.

Note: Some kayaking experience is required for this expedition. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing your experience. However, you Kayak only when you want to. You can remain on board at any time you choose.

Trip Name
Fiordland – Kayaking Expedition
Vessel Type: Small Ship Passenger Capacity: Up to 12 overnight in five cabins Lenght: 24 meters Built: 2017 Strannik is a Russian word translated as “Wanderer” or “Pilgrim”. Strannik is a person travelling in search of knowledge and wisdom. There is no better word nor way to describe our vessel, it has been born out of a natural curiosity and love of the natural world, history and travel.  It is designed, equipped and ready to explore the world and southern New Zealand. Cabins include private facilities with a bathroom including basin, toilet and shower. 8 passengers can comfortably fit within 4 twin/double cabins. Up to 12 passengers can be accomdated by prior agreement. Domestic comfort All cabins are fully insulated. Cruseair reverse-cycle systems throughout. Forced suction ventilation and fresh air seagoing vents and opening ports to all cabins. Opening hatches to most cabins. Spacious saloon and dining areas with great views. Each cabin has own entertainment docking station and screen, large theatre in saloon and music to all areas, reference library. Multiple fridge freezers, wine fridge, ice maker, full commercial laundry, garbage compactor, all electric commercial galley with Meile appliances. Navigation System A full double redundancy suite, featuring latest Simrad multinational navigational displays with dual range radars, high definition chart plotters, down scan and forward looking sonars, Satellite compass, Dual autopilots, and weather/climate monitoring instruments. The vessel is also fitted with CCTV and gyro stabilized Flir Night vision technology for added safety underway and on station. Communications System The latest Satellite communications with on-board Wi-Fi to all areas. Email and online connections. Satellite phone and data services Off shore with 4G cellular available in-shore for rapid streaming (location dependent), Long range HF SSB and VHF marine radios. Live online web based tracking system. Safety systems Full watertight compartments and double bottom throughout, automated Fire/smoke monitoring system to all compartments with bridge alarms. Comprehensive firefighting equipment and engine room Auto-fire flood system. All cabins with emergency exits and lighting. 2 x 20 man Solas life rafts, EPIRB’s, SART, Flares and personal emergency equipment including thermal protective aids, Solas approved life jackets and abandon ship supplies. Certified crew to assist and regular safety drills.


Day 1 - DAY 1 Te Anau - Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound – Breaksea Sound.
All meet in Te Anau (time and place to be advised) and you will be transferred to across Lake Manapouri by boat and then across the Wilmont Pass by coach to Deep Cove. You will join MV Strannik here. On board you will meet your crew and attend safety briefings before getting underway for Breaksea Sound.
Day 2 - Day 2 – 5 Breaksea Sound - Dusky Sound
Start your kayaking experience with a paddle in the Acheron Passage and/or Wet Jacket Arm as we make our way through to Dusky Sound. Dusky Sound offers a rare opportunity to paddle some of the most historic water ways in NZ. Follow the wake of Cooks ship the Resolution into Pickersgill Harbour, Cascade Cove, Indian Island, Anchor Island and Luncheon Cove. Take a break from paddling and enjoy a walk on Anchor Island. Follow in the wake of Richard Henry, Conservationist and caretaker of Resolution Island in the 1890’s, around Pigeon Island, Facile Harbour and Resolution Island. The opportunities for exploring are endless .
Day 3 - Day 6 – 9 Chalky and Preservation Inlets
Enjoy all the numerous opportunities for paddling (and hiking if you want a break) in Chalky and Preservation Inlets. These Inlets (technically Fiords) are rarely visited by Kayakers so there is plenty of pioneering trips to do. In North Port you can explore the shallower waters around Blind Passage and the hulk of the old government steamer the SS Stella. In South Port a great opportunity to incorporate some hiking with a walk through to Seek Cove. In the upper reaches of Edwardson and Cunaris Sounds there is some amazing exploring to be had. If you are experienced and up for it providing the weather and sea conditions are OK you could paddle around Gulches Head an extreme stretch of open water between Chalky Inlet and Preservation Inlet. In Preservation Inlet there is some equally good paddling (and hiking) to be had. Paddle down Otago Retreat and walk to Puysegur Point, explore the old Gold Mining towns of Cromarty and Te Onera or the Tarawera Mine in Isthmus Sound. Paddle up Long Sound. You paddle as often and as far as you like. Re-joining Strannik at any time during the day. Enjoy the comfort and hot meals on Strannik each night.
Day 4 - DAY 10 Preservation Inlet to Te Anau.
We will rendezvous with the helicopter at the head of Long Sound for your flight back to Te Anau.
Day 5 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

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    • Hiking
    • Birding
    • Swimming
    • Kayaking
    • Birding
    • Photography
    • Cultural
    • Cetacean watching