9 Day Northern Fiordland Cruise

9 Day Northern Fiordland Cruise

The 6 night cruise package with a pre and post cruise night in Queenstown which allows guests the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of the majestic Fiordland World Heritage site, home to Milford Sound.

At this time Island Escapes Cruises are making changes to their 18/19 season. No bookings can be made until after October 2018. More info to come.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 9 Day Northern Fiordland Cruise
From: Queenstown
Cruise Type: Luxury Cruise
From (NZD) $10950 per person
Tour Operator: Island Escape
Duration: 9 Day
Tour Code: IEF6


Two nights at Heritage Hotel in Queenstown with Breakfast.
Return Helicopter scenic transfers between Te Anau and 'Pacific Passage'
Six nights on ‘Pacific Passage’ includes Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drink, juice, bottled water, tea and espresso coffee.
All suites with private en-suites and individual air-conditioning.
Exclusive shore excursions and visits as detailed in itinerary.
Use of kayaks, paddleboards, tenders, snorkel and fishing equipment onboard.

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* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Solo traveller prices available on request.

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These are incredible voyages through the New Zealand Fiordland National Park. With only 12 like-minded travellers, we share a world class scenery seldom visited that will often take your breath away.

All the while enjoying fine gourmet dinners under the stars, the discovery of stunning beauty while paddling a kayak on the fiords, wander unexplored foreshores or simply relax on deck enjoying cocktails as you take in these outstanding world heritage site surroundings inside Fiordland.


  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Rubber sole walking shoes
  • Hat or Cap
  • Insect (sandfly) repellent
  • Compact Binoculars
  • Polaroid Sunglasses

Luggage on these flights is strictly limited to 15kg per person and only SOFT bags are carried onboard. We have secure complimentary storage for your hard suitcases at Air Milford in Queenstown Airport

Itinerary is subject to change for operational reasons, the remote nature of the surroundings, weather or sea conditions and at the Captain’s discretion

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival in Queenstown please make your own way to the Heritage Hotel where we have your room booked for you. You have time enough to fall in love with this fabulous alpine village.

Dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of the numerous options available in this beautiful town.

Day 2
Queenstown - Te Anau - Doubtful Sound

We collect you at 8am for a private charter coach to Lake Te Anau. You are free to explore the town before the helicopters depart for your 20-minute scenic flight that will have you landing at the ‘PACIFIC PASSAGE’ in Doubtful Sound.

We acquaint you with the crew, the ship and safety systems before starting our cruise through world-famous Doubtful Sound to our anchorage for the evening.

Day 3
Nancy and Caswell Sound

Wake to the beauty of Nancy Sound with trips to explore the shoreline of the fiords along with the possibility of a crayfish-gathering outing. Later we venture ashore then move to Caswell Sound for more exploring. We will spend the evening on anchor at the head of Caswell with spectacular views.

Day 4
George Sound

Tracking north we enter George Sound where we have access to the beautiful Alice waterfalls. Then there is the option of a hike up to the lakes above for those who are keen for the challenging walk. Anchorage Cove is another favourite with hot water springs, a trip up the George River mouth and a beach walk.

We spend the night at the head of this ord. On clear evenings the unpolluted sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform with the sounds of waterfalls in the background.

Day 5
Milford Sound

At sunrise we sail for Milford Sound. On our short sea passages you will see many of our sea birds including albatross varieties, sooty shearwaters and there could be the possibility to see dolphins and on rare occasions we encounter whales.

Inside Milford Sound we leisurely cruise the entire length, stopping at several waterfalls along the way. At our lunch anchorage, subject to tides, you will likely enjoy the most spectacular views of Milford Sound from the ship. We sail again in the afternoon for Poison Bay and Bligh Sound.

Day 6
Bligh Sound

Bligh Sound is a Z-shaped fiord and named after William Bligh, the Governor of New South Wales. We usually lunch and go ashore at Amazon Cove. Then later, subject to wind directions, we anchor up in Bounty Haven and hear the fascinating history and stories of the lost tribe and the Wild Natives River.

Day 7
Charles Sound

We explore Charles Sound that is one of our favourites. There are two arms to Charles Sound and we look at both before the Emelius Arm takes us to the navigable Irene River. We can often venture up river to feel an extra dimension of Fiordland.

Tonight is the Captain’s farewell dinner and you have time to reflect on your adventure with the crew and fellow guests.

Day 8
Doubtful Sound - Queenstown

We return to Doubtful Sound to rendezvous with the helicopters and have you disembarking at 1pm. You expect to be at the Heritage Hotel by 5pm where your room is booked for Saturday night.

The night is free to explore Queenstown, dinner at a lakeside restaurant or a local vineyard. Another option is take the steamer across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner to give you a glimpse of life in the high country.

Day 9

Your itinerary with us concludes after breakfast. We wish you safe onward travels and look forward to welcoming you back onboard with us again soon.


There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4 out of 5.

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An interesting enjoyable experience with fishermen being given precedence too often. At times there needed to be more options. Flying in and out great. Need better quality canoes. Coach operator out of Milford deplorable.
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9 Day Northern Fiordland Cruise
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Tour Code: IEF6
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