Stewart Island

Discovery Cruises

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. 
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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 - vessel layout
• 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

Our passengers

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


Stewart Island Discovery Cruise - from Bluff

Season: 2013
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Departs: 5 & 14 July 2013
Prices from: Twin-share $1,950 adult
Single occupancy $3,410 adult
Season: 2014
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Departs: 29 Jun
6, 13, & 20 Jul
2 & 9 Nov 2014
Prices from: Twin-share $1,950 adult
Single occupancy $3,410 adult

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Please note:

  • Suitable for all ages with the exception of children under 10 years
  • Children's rates apply for ages 10 - 14 years
  • We offer "twin-share" accommodation (2 people per sleeping compartment), but "single occupancy" or "single-share" options may be available
  • "Terms & Conditions" for Discovery Cruises are different so please read carefully
  • Limited spaces may be available even if the departure is displaying as "Full" - please contact us for the latest availability

Contact us:
 For any enquiries regarding Discovery Cruises email our reservations team: or call Freephone 0800 62 62 76 (within NZ).


Payment options: Bookings can be made online here by paying the full fare through our secure website.  Alternatively you can pay a non-refundable deposit of NZ$100 per person, and then full payment 90 days prior to departure.  

Age: Discovery Cruises are suitable for all ages with the exception of children under 10 years.  If you are over 70 years, please consult your doctor to check your physical fitness.

Cancellations: All cancellations must be received in writing.  Cancellation fees are charged on the following basis:

Outside 90 days       NZ$100.00 per person
89 - 60 days            NZ$200.00 per person
59 - 30 days            50% of full fare
Within 29 days         100% of full fare 

Once the cruise has departed, no portion of the package payment is refundable in the event of the individual or group being unable to proceed. As cancellation fees are not negotiable - we recommend travel insurance for international and domestic passengers.

Real Journeys reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant or equipment and alter ticket prices at any time.

Real Journeys
Tel +64 3 249 7416
Freephone 0800 65 65 01 (within NZ)
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