Eco-Tourism at it's purest
New Zealand's South Island is home to the Fiordland National Park, a designated World Heritage Area and an unspoilt wilderness of many moods. A wild place of dense rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and deep, still water. The wildlife is without compare - whales, dolphins, penguins and a variety of migratory and native birdlife can be seen here. Fiordland is rich in flora and fauna and definitely the place to go for a dramatic eco-tourism experience.
A suggested itinerary for Fiordland
Coach from Queenstown to Te Anau and Manapouri and catch the ferry across the spectacular lake. Board the sailing vessel Galerna at midday and cruise through the breathtaking scenery of Doubtful Sound.
A three hour cruise south to Breaksea Sound is a chance to troll for Southern Blue Fin Tuna. Have a try yourself or watch the crew catch blue cod and dive for lobster. Eat your fresh catch that night while dining under the stars.
Take the Acheron Passage to Dusky Sound where hunters of whales and fur seals were once based. Gold was also discovered here in 1848.
Go ashore and explore historic sites including Pickersgill Harbour and its commemorative plaque honouring Captain Cook who sailed around New Zealand in 1770.
After a sumptuous breakfast to see you on your way, depart this exotic paradise by helicopter to Queenstown or Invercargill.
Cost: From only NZ$730 per person per day, based on 6 passengers. Yacht charter only, flights and all other accommodation and tour arrangements additional. The sailing vessel Galerna will be located in Fiordland during the winter months of July to October.