Located at the southern tip of New Zealand, Stewart Island is a natural refuge for native birds, marine life and rare flora.
Most of the island is protected as national park, except for a small section that has been set aside for tiny Oban Village. This island is renowned for its spectacular dawn and twilight hues; its Maori name Rakiura means “land of the glowing skies”.
Our multi-day Discovery Cruises will take you far beyond the beaten track to reveal the breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife of this island sanctuary.
Stewart Island Discovery Cruise (6 days / 5 nights)
Cruise in some of the most magical waters in New Zealand, venturing ashore regularly for guided walks and visits to historic sites. Learn about local iwi Maori history and have the chance to hear – and maybe even see – kiwi.
The vessel – Milford Wanderer
Just because you’re escaping civilisation doesn’t mean you have to go without its comforts. Our vessel, the Milford Wanderer, is a modern motorised vessel that has been purpose built for navigating southern New Zealand. Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, it has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment. After the recent refurbishment the Milford Wanderer offers "twin-share" compartments and shared bathroom facilities.
• 32 passengers per departure
• Specialist nature guides
• Warm, comfortable accommodation (two passengers per sleeping compartment - )
• Duvets, sheets and towels provided
• Modern bathroom facilities with hot showers
• Hearty meals prepared by onboard chef
• Open bridge policy - chat with the skipper during the voyage
• Kayaks and small motorised craft available for passenger use
Discovery Cruises attract people of all ages. All you need is an average level of fitness, a love of the outdoors and a sense of adventure. As a rough guide, you need to be physically fit enough to comfortably climb a flight of steep stairs.
“New friendships are made quickly on board. There’s a sense of eager anticipation – of sharing a real adventure. Everyone has chosen to cruise the southern latitudes rather than the South Pacific.”
Quote from past passenger