Affinity Fiordland Cruises
New Zealand’s Fiordland covers over 120 miles yet most visitors only see about 10 miles of it, in the famed Milford Sound. This cruise aboard the 16-guest Affinity explores the more untouched Fiordland region south of Milford Sound, including explorations in remote Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s second most popular destination that’s only accessible by sea.
Fiordland National Park is the largest National Park in New Zealand, covering over 3 million acres. It is also one of the wettest places in the world, which contributes to its spectacular waterfalls and misty scenes. Affinity has been cruising in Fiordland since 1996, regularly studying the weather patterns throughout the years, and has based their operations in New Zealand’s winter months (June through August) as they’ve found the weather patterns more settled during this time of year. At that time, temperatures average 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and while it will likely rain, Affinity’s large windows invite you to experience it all in warmth and comfort.
Explore the Sounds and Inlets of Fiordland, visit historic sites and learn about Captain James Cook’s explorations here in the 1770s. Enjoy a visit to a cove where fur seal pups swim around the rocks. Take advantage of daily opportunities to get off the vessel and experience wonderful scenery and walk through the beautiful native bush that has never been cut. Anglers can take time to fish for grouper, blue cod and other big species that ply these waters.
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