Fiordland is the home of two very different but interconnected ecosystems – above and beyond the surface of the water. And thanks to New Zealands isolation from the rest of the world there are many unique and endemic species to be marvelled at in both cases.
In some instances you’ll even come across endangered birdlife such as the mohua (yellowhead), tieke (saddleback), kakaruai (south island robin), pateke (brown teal), whio (blue duck), kakapo (night parrot), peka-peka-tou-roa (long tailed wattled bat), oligosoma pikitanga (Sinbad Skink).
You’ll also see Kea and Kaka soaring overhead, tomtits, tui, stitchbirds and bellbirds ringing through the morning chorus.
The waters are home to local pods of bottlenose dolphins within Doubtful as well as Dusky Sound. At the start of summer humpback whales can be seen to travel down the West Coast on the way to their summer feeding grounds and big pods of Dusky Dolphins also feed just off the coast. Later in the summer Tuna take the same route and together with Kingfish become a common sight. New Zealand Fur Seals are found all along the coast and right into the Fiords. And I haven’t even mentioned the macro life. With so much to be explained and discovered you’re either welcome to do your homework before you come on board or let us explain things in context as we journey through the fiords. In the meantime you’re welcome to explore a little further through the documentary Mirror World.