Heritage Expeditions is launching four new voyages to Fiordland on New Zealand’s South Island aboard its most recent addition, the 18-guest Heritage Explorer.
The Kiwi company took delivery of the new 30-metre vessel last month, which it has already planned to operate on Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman voyages – the 7-day Discover Marlborough Sounds and 9-day Top of the South itineraries.
And now Heritage Expeditions has beefed up its offering with four additional “legacy voyages” that will explore remote coves and inlets, commencing July.
New 5-, 7- and 10-day expeditions from Te Anau will navigate Fiorldland’s Preservation Inlet, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Acheron Passage, Chalky Inlet, Milford Sound, and more.
Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the family-owned and operated company pioneered expedition cruising back in 1985 with its intimate explorations of Fiordland with just five guests.
“It was our early exploration of these rarely visited and remote ice-carved mountains, verdant forests and winding fiords rich in wildlife, conservation and New Zealand history which inspired our dream for responsible travel,” Russ said.
“My brother Nathan and I grew up exploring Fiordland’s untamed wilderness and can’t wait to share its primordial majesty with new generations of adventurers aboard Heritage Explorer.”
Heritage Explorer itself showcases a clever balance of privacy, comfort, spaciousness and agility allowing her to explore the furthest reaches of New Zealand’s backyard while introducing new levels of bespoke comfort.
Tastefully decorated, Heritage Explorer’s contemporary wood-finished interior features 10 well-appointed cabins; a dining room boasting spectacular 180-degree panoramas and theatre capabilities; lounge and bar featuring a flight of inclusive regional New Zealand wines, beers and spirits; and a well-stocked local library.
The Bridge Deck offers ample outdoor spaces, or guests may adjourn to the Sun Deck – perfect for wildlife spotting, sunrises and sunsets, or simply watch your voyage unfold.
Kayaks and fishing equipment are available for use during all expeditions, while two tenders allow for deeper exploration of New Zealand destinations we know intimately and the unforgettable wildlife encounters synonymous with all Heritage Expeditions adventures.
Heritage Explorer has an open bridge policy and a full commercial kitchen helmed by a chef focused on highlighting local produce and any guest catches of the day, as well as an enthusiastic and passionate expedition team shipped by a New Zealand captain and crew.
For more information, dates and pricing, see heritage-expeditions.com/