Real Journeys

Experience some of New Zealand's most spectacular locations with our partners Real Journeys. Share the natural heritage and astounding beauty of the South Island including experiences at Stewart Island, Milford and Doubtful Sounds.

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Selected tours include:

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Explore Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys
Explore Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys

Escape to the peace and tranquillity of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise. Your getaway starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. Then coach across Wilmot Pass on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest to Deep Cove where your crew and the Fiordland Navigator await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.

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Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise

Explore Milford Sound on the Milford Wanderer
Explore Milford Sound on the Milford Wanderer

Head out on an overnight adventure for a truly immersive Milford Sound experience. Includes a full length cruise of Milford Sound and access to part of the world famous Milford Track for an exclusive guided walk accompanied by your specialist nature guide. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers. As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks.

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Wilderness Rafting Experience Landsborough

Raft down the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland
Raft down the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland

This three day action-packed rafting experience takes you into one of the most remote areas of New Zealand for one of the world’s greatest wilderness river runs. Traverse some of New Zealand's most remote and untouched alpine scenery, then raft down the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland. On this three day, two night trip you’ll glide past 10,000ft (3000m) mountains, hanging glaciers and through dense rainforests. The Landsborough is a serious river with numerous rapids varying from Grade 2 – 4+ providing a fantastic rafting adventure.

Stewart Island Discovery Expedition

Discover Stewart Island with Real Journeys
Discover Stewart Island with Real Journeys

Just because you’re escaping civilisation doesn’t mean you have to go without its comforts. Our vessel, the Milford Wanderer, is a modern motorised vessel that has been purpose built for navigating southern New Zealand. Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, it has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment. After recent refurbishment the Milford Wanderer offers "twin-share" compartments and shared bathroom facilities. Stewart Island Discovery Expeditions depart from Bluff Visitor Terminal.

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Dusky Sound Discovery Expedition

Cruise and discover the remote south-west fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sounds at a pace that lets you connect with their rich and spectacular landscapes. With more than 350 islands, these incredibly beautiful fiords offer many idyllic spots for mooring and trips ashore. Our 5 day Dusky Sound Discovery Expedition will also take you to Doubtful Sound, well known for its wildlife, including fur seals and a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.

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Preservation Inlet Discovery Expedition

Join us on the ultimate voyage of discovery on an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords
Join us on the ultimate voyage of discovery on an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords

Join us on the ultimate voyage of discovery on an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. Preservation and Chalky inlets offer remote wind-swept coastlines and grand sweeping beaches. In the past, the natural harbours in this area attracted early whalers and miners. Only a few traces of their attempts to tame the landscape still remain. You’ll experience the extreme isolation of this inspirational wilderness, its beauty, wildlife and fascinating history.

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^ Bookings must be made directly with Real Journeys or via the website. Valid only for selected trips. Valid on adult and child fares. Valid until further notice. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, except for 20% multi saver.