Dusky Sound Special – Northbound

Trip code: FL 2021/6
Expedition Rating: Explorer Travel
Leaving: 28 Oct 2021 Starts: Te Anau
Returning: 02 Nov 2021 Ends: Te Anau

Hiking, Birding, Swimming , Kayaking , Photography, Botany, Cultural, History, Cetacean watching

The name, Dusky Bay (technically a Fiord) is synonymous with earliest European history of New Zealand. Captain James Cook rested his men, repaired and restocked his ship the Resolution in 1773 here. His reports and log books led other seafarers, explorers, sealers and naturalists to this remote Fiord. Using the log books and writings of these early visitors we explore this remote and special Fiord. Recently, a number of islands within Dusky Sound have been cleared of introduced predators and some of NZ iconic rare birds have been reintroduced. This adds to the experience of exploring this Fiord.     

Day 1 – Joining the Expedition  

Joining the Expedition. We will arrange for a complimentary shuttle bus to pick you up from your Te Anau accommodation and transfer you to the heliport to join a helicopter transfer to Supper Cove at the Head of Dusky Sound. On arrival you will be welcomed aboard the Strannik where we will introduce you to the team and the vessel. We plan to get underway to begin our exploration shortly thereafter. 

Day 2 –5 Dusky Sound 

Doubtful and Dusky Sounds (technically Fiords) have everything that is quintessentially Fiordland. They have wild landscapes and seascapes as well as a labyrinth of exciting waterways and anchorages for us to explore. Dusky has arguably more history than any other part of Fiordland, more nature and opportunities for a range of activities to suit everybody’s interests. The journal of Captain James Cook who anchored in Dusky Sound in 1773 gives us fascinating insights into the pre-European history. His writings document his own exploration of the Fiords and explain many of the place names, still in use today. Other early writers like Andreas Reischek and Richard Henry shed light onto the unique and abundant wildlife that was found here and, with intensive management by Department of Conservation staff (and others) is slowly returning. From dawn to dusk each day of the expedition we will go in pursuit of activities and opportunities that will bring this history and natural history alive. There will be dramatic new vistas and landscapes opening up all the time as we explore these remote and historic waterways. We will ensure that there is an opportunity to fish for some infamous Fiordland blue cod for dinner one night. 

Day 6 – Farewells 

Breakfast aboard the Strannik anchored in the upper reaches of Doubtful Sound, then sadly it’s time for our farewells, before joining a transfer across the Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri to Te Anau and your accommodation, or your own transport arrangements.

Please note, we do not publish a day to day itinerary, except for first and the last days because these are expeditions. However each of our expeditions has a clear goal or objective and you have a role in both defining and achieving those. That, in our opinion, is the spirit of genuine expedition travel. Also please note, these are not “guided” trips, but the crew on board know the areas we are visiting intimately. There will be significant resources on board for your use. 


$3914.00 NZDpp
Price Includes:

GST, all meals and accommodation, complimentary wine and soft drinks (limited selection available), Internet access for Email, transfers to/from the Strannik from Te Anau.

Trip Info

Proposed expedition leader: Rodney Russ
Visas required: New Zealand

Requirements may vary depending on what passport you are travelling with. It is your responsibility to check to ensure you are compliant.

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