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Fiordland.

You don’t take a journey through Fiordland, Fiordland takes you on a journey. It is almost akin to a spiritual journey or pilgrimage. You should go prepared to leave the world behind and soak in the beauty and abundance of everything it has to offer.  To let the landscapes, the seascapes and the natural history speak to you, enthral you, encourage you and excite you in a way that only the very very special places on this planet can.  

You will have possibly seen “overnight” cruises advertised on Milford and Doubtful Sounds, they seldom mention that there are in fact fourteen Fiords, all of them very different with their own unique stories, vistas and secrets. Why settle for just two fiords when you can have six or better still thirteen (the fourteenth fiord is protected by a bar and is only accessible by zodiac and then only in the best of weather, so it can’t be guaranteed). 

 

At Strannik Ocean Voyages we know and respect the fiords in a very special way. We have lived in them, we have worked in them and we have explored them over many many years. Recently we built a very special boat to share them with you.  MV Strannik (Russian word meaning “pilgrim”) is for the discerning and curious traveller. The traveller who is not in a hurry, the traveller that values the peace and quiet of small groups and the opportunity to be alone on occasions. Each of our Fiordland journeys are limited to just 8 persons and a crew of 4 and are only available as either a 9 or 14-day voyage with the occasional “special” expedition for those who seek adventure in these special wild places.     

 

Our enthusiasm is unmatched, our knowledge vast and our footprint is light, if that is the kind of journey or experience you are looking for we invite you to check out our Fiordland Journeys and if they appeal to you to enquire about availability. 

Extreme Travel

Includes overnight (possibly multi day) hikes with steeper ascents and descents often along unmarked trails. Participants must be familiar with the use of GPS and have appropriate equipment (see relevant Expedition Notes/Equipment Lists for details). Camping out in tents/huts is included and participants will be expected to backpack own personal gear and a share of party food and equipment. Expedition could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

Adventure Travel

Includes day hikes along marked and unmarked trails with some steeper ascents and descents. Must be capable of carrying day pack with lunch and waterproof clothing. Could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

Explorer Travel

Includes easier half day beach/village and/or guided bush walks. Easier zodiac landings and if applicable comfortable local transport.

Please note it is mandatory to have Medical Insurance including evacuation and repatriation for all of our voyages/expeditions.

The Southern Fiords

26 Mar 2022 - 03 Apr 2022

In Māori legend, the Fiords were formed by Tu-te-raki-whanoa. Chanting a powerful karakia  or prayer he hacked at the towering rock walls with his adze and carved them from the earth. He reputedly started in the south working his way north to Milford Sound. He was inexperienced when he started, chopping repeatedly leaving ...

All Fiords-North Bound

09 Apr 2022 - 22 Apr 2022

There are14 fiords in the Fiordland National Park. They were carved out of the mountains about 20,000 years ago by glaciers. Only two of them, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, are accessible by road the rest can only be reached by boat. They are amongst the most remote and inaccessible ...

All Fiords – South Bound

23 Apr 2022 - 06 May 2022

There are 14 fiords in the Fiordland National Park. They were carved out of the mountains about 20,000 years ago by glaciers. Only two of them, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, are accessible by road the rest can only be reached by boat. They are amongst the most remote and ...

All Fiords–North Bound

15 Aug 2022 - 28 Aug 2022

There are14 fiords in the Fiordland National Park. They were carved out of the mountains about 20,000 years ago by glaciers. Only two of them, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, are accessible by road the rest can only be reached by boat. They are amongst the most remote and inaccessible ...

All Fiords–North Bound

10 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022

There are14 fiords in the Fiordland National Park. They were carved out of the mountains about 20,000 years ago by glaciers. Only two of them, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, are accessible by road the rest can only be reached by boat. They are amongst the most remote and inaccessible ...

Fiordland– Kayaking Expedition

18 Oct 2022 - 27 Oct 2022

This expedition provides the logistics and support for keen paddlers to explore the historic waterways of the southern Fiords.  Soak in the history and outstanding scenery in Dusky Sound, Chalky Inlet and Port Preservation. We provide the Kayaks and equipment, great food, comfortable accommodation (twin share private facilities) and you paddle ...

Fiordland– Kayaking Expedition

27 Oct 2022 - 05 Nov 2022

This expedition provides the logistics and support for keen paddlers to explore the historic waterways of the southern Fiords.  Soak in the history and outstanding scenery in Dusky Sound, Chalky Inlet and Port Preservation. We provide the Kayaks and equipment, great food, comfortable accommodation (twin share private facilities) and you paddle ...

Fiordland Tramping Trip

06 Nov 2022 - 15 Nov 2022

Both the George Sound and the Dusky Bay tracks in Fiordland traverse some amazingly beautiful river valleys and alpine country. They require a reasonable standard of fitness and experience. Logistically they are challenging and this limits the number of people hiking these tracks but this expedition provides the necessary transport ...

Fiordland Tramping Trip

09 Nov 2022 - 23 Nov 2022

This Expedition is for the very keen and experienced trampers. It provides a rare opportunity to complete a unique double. Tramp the Dusky Bay Track from Manapouri to Supper Cove and then join MV Strannik to explore Dusky Sound and then onto Preservation Inlet where you can walk to Puysegur Point ...

Fiordland– Kayaking Expedition

28 Nov 2022 - 07 Dec 2022

This expedition provides the logistics and support for keen paddlers to explore the historic waterways of the southern Fiords.  Soak in the history and outstanding scenery in Dusky Sound, Chalky Inlet and Port Preservation. We provide the Kayaks and equipment, great food, comfortable accommodation (twin share private facilities) and you paddle ...