Upcoming Join-a-Groups

More dates for ‍‍‍2018 scheduled Join-a-Groups around Fiordland will be available shortly. If you are thinking about coming along simply get in touch with us as we might be able to tweak our dates to fit around you.. it’s all in the making right now and we would love to have you on board the Flightless to create some special memories in a very special place.

We'd love to have you onboard

Worth Sharing

"To experience things you haven't experienced before you'll have to do things you haven't done before." And this will certainly be a new thing for Fiordland.

We had our debut last year and had too much fun not to do it again.

‍‍‍So come and play

15th - 19th of February 2018


$ 3,000pp

Fiordland is a true  playground  no matter your size or age..

Big trophy crayfish caught by little man in Fiordland, New Zealand

… and this ten year old grown up didn’t just hunt the waters for crayfish but was also the last one standing when it came to processing them later on that day... we were honestly hoping for a stowaway!


Flightess charter vessel in Dusky Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Charter boat in Fiordland New Zealand

Thank you..

beautiful people we had the pleasure to create memories with..

Mainland Hapuka in Fiordland

The article below is well worth reading if you get the least bit exited by the thought of free diving with Grouper or Hapuka.

By Clarke Gayford. Images by Clarke Gayford and Nat Davey.

It really is hard to explain to non-diving types the incredible underwater variation we have in this country. Variation I thought I had a reasonable understanding of – and then I stuck my head under in Fiordland.

This trip felt different from the start, especially flying into Queenstown, normally a party/ski town, with all my spearfishing gear. But this was just to be our entry point as we loaded up our conveniently spacious Jucy rental and made the four-hour drive to Milford Sound.
Here we met up with Rochele Potter and Nat Davey aboard Nat’s 60-foot commercial boat Medea. A boat normally found fishing in Northland, but one he had brought down during some time off to explore an area none of us had visited before.
So here we were for a week of freediving with a side of deer hunting in one of the world’s great jewels – bliss.
The first thing that strikes you about the underwater topography in the Fiords is the continuation of the steep mountain scenery down into the depths. Snow-covered mountains that slip into the water and continue for hundreds of metres further, creating an eerie sight as the steep slopes disappear off into darkness below.
This effect was complemented by things you just don’t see elsewhere in New Zealand. Like the clusters of black coral in just five metres of water that surrounded Eleanor Island in Charles Sound, their bone white branches giving the appearance of a petrified forest. Or in fact, actual forest trees that have fallen into the water, getting waterlogged and now standing upright on their exposed root systems.

The place is like a nirvana for them – they must crawl into Fiordland and think, “I have arrived!” They seemed completely relaxed with their surrounds as well. This is thanks in part to a convenient dark-tinted surface, care of the tannin filled brackish layer overhead. So relaxed, that on nearly every dive we found them wandering about in the open, as if they thought it was 2am and they were off to some crayfish party. A fantastic sight to see.
The Sounds also come with a remarkable variation in water temperatures. Up to six or seven degrees difference in places, depending on location, with the fresh water runoff making the cold stuff sit up on top. Being late May it got as low as eight-and-a-half degrees. This coupled with freediving’s necessary technique of encouraging your body to slow its heart rate to improve breath hold, impeded the flow of blood around the ol’ body. Or in simple terms, the warm stuff didn’t get to where it was needed so a hot shower at the end of each dive was essential joy.
The scenery above and below the water really made it one of those New Zealand trips of a lifetime. Impossible to do proper justice in this short space. But my personal highlight arrived courtesy of one of the last dives of the trip.
We were at anchor when Anthony’s girlfriend Celia, who was line fishing, caught a hapuka in just 32 metres of water. Considering the visibility I figured even just seeing one of these underwater would be a cool and very rare thing to do, so I raced to get into my wetsuit. On my first warm-up dive to 20 metres I was met with a huge school of terakihi rising up from the depths. Scanning down through them, in the gloomy distance I spotted two light-in-colour shapes approaching. I kept staring, thinking, “Are they? Aren’t they?” It was hard to tell, but then both swam in a bit closer and I could see instantly from the outline that these were indeed hapuka, at these depths appearing almost completely white.

It’s like nothing I have ever experienced anywhere else, but that’s the beauty of the wonderful variation in this country.

The bluefin tuna arrived in Fiordland and have been boiling up around us in Dusky Sound over the past couple of weeks. So on our last trip we had a couple of lucky and of course incredibly skilled fisherman who won the fight for some beautifully fresh sashimi.

Bluefin Tuna Treat

Tuna caught in Dusky Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand

Tonga Adventure 

The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the most unspoiled and beautiful Pacific Island nations in West Polynesia. Over 170 islands are spread across 740,000 square kilometres.. boasting volcanic landscapes, tropical rainforest as well as pristine coral atolls and beaches.. not to mention the wildlife.

And we might be enjoying some time exploring those waters and beaches in winter 2018. So if you are interested in joining us simply send through an email and we might be on our way to different adventure.

February 2016

experience and explore pure wilderness..

We look forward to having you onboard with us.

Weekend of the 24th and 25th of September

We are at the Sika Show in Taupo this weekend to catch up with some of you guys from the beautiful north. So come and see us for something special!

We'd look forward to meeting you!



Be in to WIN a $1,000 voucher towards your next PURE SALT Charter in Fiordland.

Congratulations Bryce Pratt!

We drew our competition for a $1,000 voucher at the Auckland Boat Show with the help of LegaSEA. Thank you for everybody who has partaken and congratulations to Bryce Pratt, who was busy enjoying a hunting trip as we gave him the 'YOU-ARE-THE-LUCKY-WINNER-CALL' .

1st - 4th of ‍‍‍December 2017

Enjoy a unique culinary adventure

Explore Dusky Sound with legendary Fleur Sullivan, students and teachers from Otago Polytechnic Central Campus and us as spring arrives in Fiordland. Gather a variety of fresh seafood, learn how to treat it respectfully, process it wholly, cook it deliciously and indulge in it fully.

Under the guidance of the Legendary Fleur Sullivan, the students will create a range of inspired dishes for only 5 paying guests on board.

Of course there is plenty of time to .. Kayak, SCUBA dive, fish, paddle board, free dive, go on shore excursions, enjoy the wildlife, get lost behind your camera or relax in our hot tub on the top deck.

It will all start and finish in Te Anau with stunning helicopter flights in and out of Fiordland National Park.

4 days - all but alcohol included - two helicopter flights - just book YOUR spot

‍‍‍$ 2,950 pp

Five days Dusky Sound - 12 great girls, chicks and ladies - Two helicopter flights - All but alcohol included  Variety of cabins and plenty of space - Hot tub on the top deck

ex Te Anau - so fly to Queenstown and jump on a bus or rent a car to get to Te Anau.. we'll take care of everything from there...

‍‍‍Fleur's Seafood Adventure - December 2017

GIRLS only ‍‍‍Adventure - February 2018

‍‍‍no schedule.. we follow the rhythm of sun and tides

DOC and key partners are launching an art exhibition to raise awareness of the Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration programme in Fiordland.

Art and conservation join forces

26th of November - 1st of December 2017

Explore Fiordland ‍‍‍YOUR way.

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight into Dusky Sound... Cruise, hunt, fish, kayak, dive, paddle board, free dive, walk or simply relax as we explore Breaksea, Dusky and Doubtful Sound with you. This includes a coastal journey between Breaksea and Doubtful Sound on your way back to civilisation.

6 days - all but alcohol included - 12 friends yet to meet - just book YOUR spot


$3,200 pp

Fiordland Spring ‍‍‍Adventure - November 2017

no schedule

Come and see us at the Hutchwilco Boat Show Auckland - 18th to 22nd of May 2017

Stunning water clarity as winter approaches

While the waters are getting a little cooler it clears up and 20+ meter visibility dives are simply stunning. Thanks to Sam Wild, underwater videographer who joined us over the past weeks, our non diving clients could get a glimpse of the beauty beneath the surface.

He also 'buzzed' off this electric ray which is not something we come across every day.

The Red Stag Timber Hunters Club

We had a fantastic time in Auckland and thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by.. be it for a chat, a chocolate fish or just a break from the madness. We met some beautiful people and look forward to having some of you onboard.

We also drew the winner of our competition for a $2,000 voucher towards any booking with us..

Congratulations to Emma King !

This walkthrough video was taken onboard M.V. Flightless with the Red Stag Timber Hunters Club who were busy enjoying Breaksea and Dusky Sound to film an episode for their new season for SKY Sports... starting in July 2017.. every Monday.. The Fiordland episode will be playing on Monday the 21st of August 2017!‍‍‍

So have a look at this little clip to get an idea of the feel, external ‍‍‍layout and space onboard to see if it's for you. Just keep in mind that we don't normally only have boys onboard. We'll be working on recreating the walkthrough with one of our mixed groups, families and of course the girls!

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍11th - 18th of March 2018

Explore the underwater world of Fiordland

Head into Doubtful Sound to meet M.V. Flightless and make your way to the southern most remote fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sound discovering the many dive sites along the way. There is still plenty of time to.. Cruise, hunt, fish, kayak, paddle board, free dive, walk or simply relax in the hot tub on the top deck before flying back to civilisation from the head of Dusky Sound.

8 days - all but alcohol included - 12 friends yet to mee‍‍‍t - one boat and one helicopter transfer - ‍‍‍just book YOUR spot


$ 3,800 pp

‍‍‍Fiordland DIVE Adventure - March 2018

no schedule.. we follow the rhythm of sun and tides

...only two spots left as of‍‍‍ 01/12/2017..

...only five spots left as of 0‍‍‍6/12/2017..

‍‍‍26th - 28th of Januar‍‍‍y 2018

Share Fiordland with the most important people in your life.. family..

Enjoy a family adventure in Dusky Sound! Fly in and out by helicopter, dive, fish, walk, freedive, kayak, observe the wildlife, paddle board or simply relax in the hot tub whilst being away from any phone or internet reception.. Create memories of a lifetime.

Explore the remote fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sound on board our 2‍‍‍7m expedition vessel Flightless with another family of five. Use of all gear on board, catering (apart from alcohol), bedding as well as two helicopter flights.

Vessel is spacious - fully insulated and comfortable - watermaker, washing machine and dryer on board - three passionate and qualified crew to look after you.

The pricing will depend on your family seize so simply get in touch to make it happen.

So you just have to get yourselves to Te Anau and we'll take care of everything from here.Get in touch with any questions or to book in.

3 days - all but alcohol included - friends yet to meet - two helicopter transfers - just b‍‍‍ook YOUR spot

Prices quoted

per family.. so get in touch

Fiord‍‍‍land Family Adventure - January 2018

no schedule.. we follow the rhythm of sun, kids and tides

...only five spots left as of 05/12/2017..