Heritage Expeditions returns to where began with the release of four new voyages bound for the remote coves, inlets and into the heart of Fiordland aboard 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer from July.
Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the New Zealand 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," said Mr Russ.
"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."
The new 5, 7 and 10-day expeditions will explore iconic destinations along with remote coves and inlets only accessible by sea including Preservation Inlet, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, Acheron Passage, Chalky Inlet, Milford Sound and more.
The new voyages join the recently announced Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman expeditions with upcoming itineraries including Hauraki Gulf, Bay of Islands and Stewart Island to be released shortly.
Heritage Explorer is a 30m, 4-deck NZ flagged vessel built in 2004 by the renowned wooden boat building family Carey's Boatyard in Picton.
It features a contemporary wood-finished interior, 10 well-appointed cabins across three decks, 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.
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