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Fiordland Scenic Cruise – Helicopter Flight Included – Explore New Zealand

Fiordland Scenic Cruise – Helicopter Flight Included – Explore New Zealand

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Description

Embark on an unforgettable Fiordland Cruise with Affinity, starting with a serene journey across Lake Manapouri, a coach ride over Wilmot Pass, and boarding at Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. Discover Fiordland’s dramatic beauty, following Captain James Cook’s historic path and visiting sites like the first European house, New Zealand’s first recorded shipwreck, and Astronomer’s Point. Walk through pristine native rainforests, get up close to roaring waterfalls, and observe fur seal pups, Mollymawks, and Albatross. Experience the thrill of whale sightings and playful bottlenose dolphins, fish for grouper, and enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight over snow-capped mountains to Te Anau. With optional walks and opportunities for relaxation, this cruise offers a unique glimpse into one of New Zealand’s most remote and stunning regions.

Trip Name
Fiordland Scenic Cruise - Helicopter Flight Included - Explore New Zealand
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 - Days 1 - 7 Fiordland Cruise
Cruise across serene Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass and meet Affinity in Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound and cruise to discover the raw dramatic beauty of Fiordland’s coastTravel 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 ZealandVisit historic sites such as: the first European house site, first recorded shipwreck in New Zealand and where the firs vessel was built by Europeans in 1795Visit Astronomers Point where Captain Cooks Astronomer cleared the trees and recorded a transit on Venus at his first landing in FiordlandWalk 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 landGet up close to stunning roaring waterfalls as they cascade down steep, sheer cliffsVisit a cove where a number of fur seal pups swim around the rocks. When we put the tender in the water the pups are very nosey and like to swim alongside and pop up out of the water to see what’s going on. You may also see Mollymawks and Albatross.  Few people get to see this part of New ZealandWe often have the extreme privilege of sighting whales in their natural habitat and playful bottlenose dolphins often join in for a race with the ship’s bow.Fish for grouper and other big species in the bountiful waterways of this pristine areaHelicopter flight out of the fiords over the snow-capped mountains and spectacular terrain to Te Anau
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Itineraries are subject to change.

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Inclusions

    • Cruise across serene Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass and meet Affinity in Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound and cruise to discover the raw dramatic beauty of Fiordland’s coast
    • 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
    • Visit historic sites such as: the first European house site, first recorded shipwreck in New Zealand and where the firs vessel was built by Europeans in 1795

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