a sunny day on the preservation inlet discovery cruise with the milford wanderer small ship anchored in the distance and lush mountains jutting out along the way
a sunny day at the preservation inlet beach with small waves crashing, travelers standing on the sand and large rocks jutting out of the ocean beyond them
a bottlenose dolphin jumps out the water on a sunny day during the preservation inlet discovery small ship cruise
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Preservation Inlet Discovery

The 7-day Preservation Inlet Discovery expedition cruises Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, as well as Preservation and Chalky Inlets in Southern New Zealand’s Fiordland region. Preservation and Chalky inlets offer remote wind-swept coastlines and grand sweeping beaches. In the past, the natural harbors in the area attracted early whalers and miners. Only a few traces of their attempts to tame the landscape still remain.

Explore natural and historical sites like Lunchean Cove, site of New Zealand’s first European and sealer settlement; Facile Harbour, where New Zealand’s first known European shipwreck is located; Pigeon Island and early conservationist Richard Henry’s house; Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomer’s Point, named by James Cook during his five week stay in 1773; an old mill site and the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship near Chalky Inlet; mining relics of Te Oneroa; Puysegur Point Light House; and New Zealand’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove.

Experience New Zealand’s inspirational wilderness, beauty, wildlife and fascinating history from aboard the 32-guest, purpose-built Milford Wanderer. All needs are met in an awe-inspiring natural backdrop with onboard nature guides, opportunities for kayaking and walking, great facilities, outstanding food and good company. Cruising in the remote southwest of New Zealand Fiordland is a unique combination of adventure, history, natural beauty and good company.

The main 7-day Preservation Inlet Discovery itinerary begins with a boat ride across Lake Manapouri, embarking the Milford Wanderer in Doubtful Sound, cruising south to Preservation Inlet and ending with a helicopter ride from Preservation Inlet back to Lake Manapouri. There is also a 7-day alternative itinerary that operates in reverse, beginning at Lake Manapouri, taking a helicopter ride to Preservation Inlet, cruising north to Doubtful Sound and ending back at Lake Manapouri.

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Itinerary

Preservation Inlet Discovery Itinerary

The 7-day Preservation Inlet Discovery expedition cruises Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, as well as Preservation and Chalky Inlets in Southern New Zealand’s Fiordland region.  This route sails from Manapouri and ends with a helicopter flight back to Manapouri.

Preservation Inlet Milford Sound Cruise route map.
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Day 1
Manapouri to Breaksea Sound

Cruise across Lake Manapouri, then take a coach over the stunning Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. Board the Milford Wanderer and cruise out of Doubtful Sound with a 3-hour sea passage to Breaksea Sound to conclude the day.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Breaksea Sound to Dusky Sound

Cruise through Acheron passage to Dusky Sound and visit the Shag Islands and Sportsman Cove. In the afternoon visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. There is an optional guided 1.5-mile walk over predator-free Anchor Island.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Explore Dusky Sound

Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile Harbour, site of New Zealand’s first known European shipwreck. Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to the Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Dusky Sound to Chalky Inlet

Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomer’s Point, named and used by Cook during his five-week stay in 1773. After a 3-hour sea passage to Chalky Inlet, walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill site. Anchor at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship Stella.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Chalky Inlet to Preservation Inlet

In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa, with the option of a 3-mile return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in the afternoon.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Preservation Inlet

Visit Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of New Zealand’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Take in the golden beaches of Spit Island.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Preservation Inlet to Manapouri via Helicopter

Disembark the ship and enjoy a helicopter ride from Weka Island Barge to the West Arm of Manapouri, flights commencing from 11am. Visit the underground power station, then cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Center.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodation onboard; all meals and all activities mentioned in the itinerary; shared bathroom facilities on board; one-way helicopter flight; transfers to and from Te Anau and Manapouri on the day of travel, 8:30am pick-up, and at the conclusion of your Discovery Expedition. If you are traveling from Queenstown, coach connections to and from Manapouri are available at extra cost.

Exclusions

Airfare; travel insurance; transfers from Queenstown are available for an extra cost; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverage, discretionary gratuities, etc.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost (2020-2021) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – NZD $100 cancellation fee + 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – NZD $200 cancellation fee + 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

On the day of departure, check in is at 9am at the Real Journeys Visitor Center, Pearl Harbor, Manapouri; embarkation is at 9:45am. A courtesy coach is available between Te Anau and Manapouri this morning, with a pick-up at 8:30am. Approximate disembarkation is at 5:30pm on the final day of the cruise, with another courtesy transfer available to Te Anau. For transfers from Queenstown, coach connections are available for an extra cost. Long-term (un-patrolled) parking is available a three minute walk from the Real Journeys Visitor Center. Luggage is restricted for helicopter transfers and guests are requested to limit their luggage to one soft-sided suitcase and one day pack.

Room Configuration

Cabins are all twin share (2 people per sleeping compartment). Single travelers who wish to share a cabin with another will be booked only with another traveler of the same gender. These bookings are based on availability. If you wish to travel in the cabin without sharing with another guest, you will need to pay the single occupancy rate of $4,100 per person.

Families & Children

Minimum age for children is 14 years old.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Preservation Inlet Discovery Itinerary

The 7-day Reverse Preservation Inlet Discovery expedition cruise begins in Manapouri with a helicopter ride to Weka Island. Explore Doubtful, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, as well as Preservation and Chalky Inlets in Southern New Zealand’s Fiordland region before returning to Manapouri.

Preservation Inlet Milford Sound Cruise route map.
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Day 1
Manapouri to Preservation Inlet

Cruise from Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre to West Arm of Manapouri. Helicopter to Weka Island Barge to board the Milford Wanderer and cruise Preservation Inlet.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
Explore Preservation Inlet

In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in afternoon.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Preservation Inlet to Chalky Inlet

Visit Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Take in the golden beaches of Spit Island. Cruise to Chalky Inlet, anchoring at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship “Stella.”

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Chalky Inlet to Dusky Sound

Walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old saw mill site, then take a three-hour sea passage to Dusky Sound. Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Point, named and used by Cook during his five week stay in 1773.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Explore Dusky Sound

Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile harbor, site of New Zealand’s first known European ship wreck.  Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Dusky Sound to Doubtful Sound

In the morning, visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. Enjoy an optional guided 1.5-mile walk over predator free Anchor Island. Cruise through Acheron passage to Breaksea Sound and then take a 3-hour sea passage to Doubtful sound.

Accommodations

Milford Wanderer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Doubtful Sound to Manapouri

Cruise Doubtful Sound and lunch in Hall Arm. Leave the Milford Wanderer in Deep Cove and cross by coach over the stunning Wilmot Pass.  Visit the underground power station, then cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Center.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodation onboard; all meals and all activities mentioned in the itinerary; shared bathroom facilities on board; one-way helicopter flight; transfers to and from Te Anau and Manapouri on the day of travel, 8:30am pick-up, and at the conclusion of your Discovery Expedition. If you are traveling from Queenstown, coach connections to and from Manapouri are available at extra cost.

Exclusions

Airfare; travel insurance; transfers from Queenstown are available for an extra cost; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverage, discretionary gratuities, etc.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost (2020-2021) is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – NZD $100 cancellation fee + 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – NZD $200 cancellation fee + 100% of deposit
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

On the day of departure, check in is at 9am at the Real Journeys Visitor Center, Pearl Harbor, Manapouri; embarkation is at 9:45am. A courtesy coach is available between Te Anau and Manapouri this morning, with a pick-up at 8:30am. Approximate disembarkation is at 5:30pm on the final day of the cruise, with another courtesy transfer available to Te Anau. For transfers from Queenstown, coach connections are available for an extra cost. Long-term (un-patrolled) parking is available a three-minute walk from the Real Journeys Visitor Center. Luggage is restricted for helicopter transfers and guests are requested to limit their luggage to one soft-sided suitcase and one day pack.

Room Configuration

Cabins are all twin share (2 people per sleeping compartment). Single travelers who wish to share a cabin with another will be booked only with another traveler of the same gender. These bookings are based on availability. If you wish to travel in the cabin without sharing with another guest, you will need to pay the single occupancy rate of $4,100 per person.

Families & Children

Minimum age for children is 14 years old.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

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