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Come aboard Island Escape and you will get the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World heritage site. Enjoy your 8-night cruise to explore the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides with you into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic.

Package Includes
  • Meet and greet at Queenstown Airport on Sunday with transfers to the Heritage Hotel.
  • One night (Sunday) pre-cruise at Queenstown Heritage Hotel including Breakfast.
  • Private Coach transfers from Queenstown Heritage Hotel to Te Anau.
  • Helicopter transfers from Te Anau to the ship in Caswell Sound.
  • Five nights on 'Island Passage' with B/L/D and wine with dinner.
  • Tours ashore with the Fiordland experienced tour guide.
  • Flights and/or Coach from Milford Sound to Queenstown.
  • Transfers (Saturday) from Queenstown Airport to Heritage Hotel.
  • One night (Saturday) post-cruise at Queenstown Heritage Hotel incl breakfast.
  • Sunday transfers from Heritage Hotel to Queenstown Airport.
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Come aboard Island Escape and you will get the ultimate access, in safety and comfort, to the wonders of this majestic World heritage site. Enjoy your 8-night cruise to explore the Fiordland National Park alongside ecology guides with you into the heart of the region to discover the beauty of this geological mosaic.

Inclusions
  • Meet and greet at Queenstown Airport on Sunday with transfers to the Heritage Hotel.
  • One night (Sunday) pre-cruise at Queenstown Heritage Hotel including Breakfast.
  • Private Coach transfers from Queenstown Heritage Hotel to Te Anau.
  • Helicopter transfers from Te Anau to the ship in Caswell Sound.
  • Five nights on 'Island Passage' with B/L/D and wine with dinner.
  • Tours ashore with the Fiordland experienced tour guide.
  • Flights and/or Coach from Milford Sound to Queenstown.
  • Transfers (Saturday) from Queenstown Airport to Heritage Hotel.
  • One night (Saturday) post-cruise at Queenstown Heritage Hotel incl breakfast.
  • Sunday transfers from Heritage Hotel to Queenstown Airport.
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Day 1 - Queenstown - On Saturday Island Escape will meet you at Queenstown Airport and transfer you to the luxury Heritage Hotel. You have enough free time to fall in love with this beautiful alpine village. A dinner at one of the many restaurants beside the lake is just one of numerous options available in this beautiful town.

Day 2 - Queentown/ Fiordland - On Monday, after a leisurely breakfast, Evan Patterson will collect you at 10 am with his private coach. You travel through this beautiful countryside to Lake Te Anau where there is a selection of lakeside cafes serving light lunches. From 2pm we are boarding the helicopters for a sensational 20 minute scenic flight that has you landing on the ‘Island Passage’ heli-pad in the stunning fiords by mid afternoon. After settling into your cabin and meeting the crew you can go ashore with our guides or simply relax as you take in these sensational surroundings. Dinner is served from 7pm in the interior dining room.

Day 3 - Nancy/Charles Sound Wake to the tranquility of this World Heritage National Park. After a hearty breakfast we begin the adventure with trips ashore by our onboard guide. There is so much to see and the day is as full as you desire. There are several trips ashore along with a crayfish gathering that is led by the ship's engineer. During the day we will move the ship from Nancy to Charles Sound where we will spend the evening at anchor.

Day 4 - Caswell Sound - Explore further in Caswell Sound where we trace the remnants of the 1905 and 1949 US-NZ Scientific Expeditions when some 18 Wapiti deer, half of which were a gift from US President Theodore Roosevelt, were released into the area to breed with NZ deer as game. Some fishing and shore excursions are planned for this afternoon with our guide to explore this sensational region in intimate detail.

Day 5 - 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 walk. Anchorage Cove is another favourite with hot water springs and try a trip up the George river. We spend the night at the head of this fiord. On clear evenings the unpolluted sky is full of stars and the top deck is your perfect viewing platform.

Day 6 - Bligh Sound - We leave the wonders of George Sound and head north to Bligh Sound. This gorgeous fiord that is located in the heart of this wilderness region. A very steep sided fiord, deep water with a lovely anchorage at the head of the sound where we anchor overnight. Trips ashore today with our guide to explore.

Day 7 - Milford Sound - We cruise north up the coast, calling at Sutherland Sound and Poison Bay if the weather is suitable. On our short sea passages you will see many of our sea birds including albatross and there could be the possibility to see dolphins and on rare occasions whales. We enter the magnificent Milford Sound and leisurely cruise the entire length, stopping at waterfalls along the way. At our anchorage in Deepwater Basin you have the opportunity to walk the first stage of the Milford Track. We spend the last night with the most spectacular views of Milford Sound from the ship. The Captain’s farewell dinner is tonight and you have time to reflect on your adventure with fellow guests and crew.

Day 8 - Te Anau/ Queenstown - We have you disembarking at 10am on Saturday. Our coach will take you on one of the best scenic routes in the world, Milford to Te Anau, where our aircraft is waiting to fly you back to Queenstown. Your room is booked for Saturday night at the Heritage Hotel with the evening free to explore Queenstown, dinner at a lakeside restaurant or a vineyard. Another option is to take the steamer across the lake to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.

Day 9 - Queenstown - On your final day we will transfer you to Queenstown Airport for your onward travel.

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

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