Heritage Explorer Fiordland Heritage Expeditions
Heritage Expeditions

Pioneers in multiday cruises, to spectacular & remote Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound & Preservation inlet as well as Milford Sound and many more. Join us on the luxury 18 berth "Heritage Explorer" for guided walks, dolphin & whale watching and exceptional birding. Trips operate Summer & Winter, all cabins are ensuite.

About Heritage Expeditions

We operate a number of trips in Fiordland year round:- 

Cruise aboard our Heritage Explorer Yacht

Berths: sleeps 18 with all cabins ensuite
Amenities: comfortable dining area, bar, lounge, extensive library , 2 zodiacs for excursions, kayaks available , gum boots for onshore excursions 
Crew aboard: 6 crew - Captain, Engineer, Chef, Host, 2 x expedition Crew
Dining: A la Carte food, house beer and wine included in the cost
Inclusions: Helicopter transfers when there is no road access available  

Established in 1952, New Zealand's Fiordland National Park is now over 1.2 million hectares in size and rightly famous for its epic, grand scale scenery, untamed wilderness and unique wildlife including Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals. However, Fiordland is also rich in natural history, geology and the location of some historical firsts and important restoration and conservation projects.

The crew of six staff include 2 knowledgeable expedition staff to share the history & geology of the area and the abundant wildlife with you.

5 day Iconic Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

20 Jan 2024 / 5 Feb 2024 / 9 Mar 2024 / 21 Mar 2024 / 31 Jul 2024 / 8 Aug 2024 / 12 Sep 2024 / 20 Sep 2024

Only accessible by sea, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds are among the most isolated areas on New Zealand's mainland ensuring their pristine, epic beauty remains unspoiled and their historic sites undisturbed. Waterfalls, streams, rivers and fiords are enveloped with misty veils that come and go, revealing steep gradients of mountain peaks and sheltered valleys. Discover the calm waters of Fiordland in solitude and explore some of its most unique and wild parts on this bucket list voyage.

Experience the untamed wilderness and unique wildlife including Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals as well as many rare and endemic birds. 


10 day All of the Fiords: The Ultimate Fiordland Experience

DEPARTURES 5 Jan 2024 / 15 Feb 2024 / 16 Jul 2024 / 18 Aug 2024 / 28 Aug 2024

The ultimate 10-day exploration of New Zealand's remote ice-carved mountains, verdant forests and winding fiords of Fiordland. From Milford Sound through to Goerge, Charles and Caswell Sounds and Breaksea, Doubtful Sound to Dusky Sound and the southern most fiord of Preservation Inlet; this is a trip for those wanting to tick off every sound on their bucketlist.


7 day Southern Fiords Discovery

DEPARTURES 26 Feb 2024 / 3 Mar 2024 / 4 Jul 2024 / 10 Jul 2024 / 12 Aug 2024 / 6 Sep 2024 / 24 Sep 2024

One of our most popular trips, discover the unique wildlife of Fiordland's Preservation and Chalky Inlets and Doubtful and Dusky Sounds on this 7-day exploration of the Southern Fiords. Rich in natural history, geology and the location of some significant historical firsts and important restoration and conservation projects, it is easy to see why this incredible region inspired our dream for responsible travel.


7 day Northern Fiords Explorer

DEPARTURES 14 Jan 2024 / 25 Jul 2024

Experience the primordial majesty of Fiordland's Northern Fiords where clouds scud the ragged peaks of glacier-cleaved mountains streaked with waterfalls as we explore Milford Sound and the more remote Bligh, George, Caswell, Nancy, Thompson and Doubtful Sounds, accessible only by expedition ship


5 day Undiscovered Dusky Sound

DEPARTURES 24 Jan 2024 / 28 Jan 2024 / 1 Feb 2024 / 13 Mar 2024 / 17 Mar 2024 / 4 Aug 2024 / 16 Sep 2024

Discover the primordial majesty of Fiordland on an unforgettable voyage cruising Acheron Passage, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds with New Zealand's pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions.

Starting and concluding with a thrilling, scenic helicopter flight between Te Anau and Supper Cove, our 5-day voyage sees us exploring the sheltered waters, hidden coves, islands and astounding scenery of World Heritage Area Dusky Sound

Operating Hours

Cruises operate year round
Office and reservations Mon – Fri, 8:30am to 5pm NZST


Physical address

53b Montreal Street

Postal address

PO Box 7218