Day 7 Vancouver and Broughton Arms
We explore Vancouver and Broughton Arms today. For those who like to fish, one of the Officers is available for fishing trips throughout the day. Fresh fish for dinner is virtually guaranteed. Non-fishers can go ashore to explore the intertidal shoreline and bush at a SW corner of Broughton Arm. Feel free to relax and take in the view from the jacuzzi on Island Escape’s top deck. On clear evenings this is the perfect place for some stargazing into a pure Fiordland dark sky.
Day 8 Nancy and Charles Sounds
The lush vertiginous beauty of Nancy Sound greets you today. From our anchorage, you can relax and enjoy the views from the yacht or join trips to explore the pristine shoreline of the fjord. You may be lucky enough to gather a crayfish with the help of the one of the crew or catch a fish at the head of the sound. After lunch, we set off north to explore the two arms of Charles Sound. It’s one of our favourite spots where the untouched natural beauty is awe-inspiring. You can join the crew in one of our Zodiacs for a trip up the Irene River that flows into the Emelius Arm of the sound. We spend the evening at the head of Charles Sound. Enjoy dinner, spectacular views and sharing some fascinating local history.
Day 9 Caswell and George Sounds
At Caswell Sound we venture ashore to explore the foreshore and the Stillwater River. Shirley falls provides a beautiful backdrop for those who prefer to stay on board, read a book, soak in the jacuzzi or enjoy a chat with your fellow passengers. After lunch we head on to George Sound, the longest fiord in northern Fiordland, to see the beautiful Alice Waterfalls. For those up for a good walk and breath-taking views, you can go ashore and take the track up above the falls to Alice Lake. Halfway along the fiord, we arrive at Anchorage Cove at the mouth of the George River, a great spot to relax and enjoy a stroll along the deserted foreshore. We lay at anchor here overnight, and have dinner with views of the beautiful Alice Falls and the majestic peaks that flank the sound.
Day 10 Bligh and Milford Sounds
Bligh fiord is an interesting Z-shape, named after William Bligh, of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, and then Governor of New South Wales. We anchor at beautiful Amazon Cove, then head ashore to explore and hear fascinating histories of lost tribes and the Wild Natives River. Then in the afternoon we head for the world-famous Milford Sound, making stops to take in the splendour at some of the sound’s many cascading waterfalls along the way. Circling through Harrison Cove, we reach perhaps the visual climax of our cruise, an iconic New Zealand vista, Mitre Peak. We anchor here for the final evening onboard for the fabulous farewell dinner hosted by the captain and the crew in the heart of Fiordland.
Day 11 Milford Sound and Queenstown
The helicopters arrive after breakfast and we fly through some of the most stunning scenery on earth to reach Queenstown airport.