The boutique cruise operator – which offers unrivalled access to Milford Sound and Fiordland on the vessel Fiordland Jewel – launched in 2016 and this winter marks the first full year in operation for the family-owned business.
The Fiordland Jewel is a custom-built 24m catamaran featuring a helipad, hot tub, private king suites and chef-prepared cuisine able to accommodate 20 passengers per departure with Tourism New Zealand noting that Fiordland Discover is the only tourism operator in Milford Sound to offer overnight cruises during the coldest months.
Rob Swale, the company’s Queenstown-based owner, says winter brings a whole new dimension to the Fiordland Jewel experience.
“The cooler months are ideal for exploring the fiords – it’s a surreal feeling being able to enjoy the snowy peaks and captivating wildlife from the comfort of your own spacious cabin or the top deck hot tub with a wine in hand,” he says.
“We established Fiordland Discovery to give guests up-close-and-personal access to the phenomenal wilderness in a luxury setting and we are a family-operated business with a genuine connection to the area and we know Fiordland and Milford Sound inside and out.
“It’s fantastic being able to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for this region with our guests so they can have the experience of a lifetime.”
The overnight cruises are hosted by Swale – a long-time commercial fisherman, and one of the area’s most experienced skippers, who designed and built the Fiordland Jewel – and his wife Kate Rollason and include a three-course dinner.
Milford Sound sits on the south-west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, with mant travellers visiting during day trips from Queenstown and Te Anau, and Discover Fiordland’s overnight winter cruise will operate between July 15 and September 24 in 2018.