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When joining one of our groups you simply book and pay for YOUR spot only.. we'll do the organising, set the dates, transfers and activities to bring together a maximum of 12 beautiful strangers soon to be friends.. alternatively you can get your own group together and charter the vessel exclusively.

Every adventure is as unique as the people on board and with that there is no schedule to follow.. this means you can always kayak, fish, SCUBA dive, paddleboard, free dive or spearfish, snorkel, walk, explore, watch the wildlife, immerse yourself in the history, enjoy the fresh seafood, get lost behind your camera or simply relax in the hot tub.. it's up to YOU!

A wonderful good day &  enjoy our Join-a-Groups

Have fun exploring and we hopefully see you soon...

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

M.V. Flightless is a 27m ex Navy expedition vessel with international survey, extensive safety equipment due to offshore work, 3 crew, watermaker, diesel stove, airconditioning, three bathrooms, second saloon in the wheelhouse and a huge heatable back deck which is also partially under cover.

We can cater for up to 12 clients and everything asides from alcohol is included... catering, bedding and towels, fishing rods and tackle, yoga mats, dive cylinders, BCDs and weights, fins, masks, snorkels, catch bags, knives as well as 2 piece 7mm wetsuits, floats and 20m float lines, kayaks, bean bags, paddle boards, free-diving gear and of course a hot tub on the top deck. So all there is to bring along is yourselves, a little luggage, a sense of adventure and of course any special treats you’d like to indulge in whilst onboard.

Upcoming Join-a-Groups

Explore

Every adventure is as unique as the people on board and with that there is no schedule to follow.. this means on any adventure you can kayak, fish, SCUBA dive, paddleboard, free dive or spearfish, snorkel, walk, explore, watch the wildlife, immerse yourself in the history, enjoy the fresh seafood, get lost behind your camera or simply relax in the hot tub.. it's up to YOU!

Just get yourself to Te Anau or Manapouri and we'll take care of everything from there..

no schedule... no itinerary... no menu... no cell phone or internet reception... just the rhythm of sun and tides...

Explore  Fiordland's wilderness

Head into Dusky or Breaksea Sound by helicopter to meet M.V. Flightless for an adventure of a lifetime. Cruise, hunt, fish, kayak, paddle board, SCUBA dive, 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.

Fiordland Wilderness Adventures

11th - 15th November 2020 | SOLD OUT

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

2nd - 5th January 2021 | from $2,900pp

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

5th - 10th January 2021 | from $4,000pp

6 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

12th - 17th February 2021 | from $4,200pp

6 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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10th - 14th March 2021 | SOLD OUT

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

6th - 9th May 2021 | from $2,900pp

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

14th - 18th March 2021 | from $3,800pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

6th - 10th of October 2020 | SOLD OUT

Explore  Fiordland's wilderness

Join us on our Conservation Adventure as we explore the remote fiord of Dusky Sound on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless - all profit will go towards the Tamatea project.

The Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration plan has been developed by DOC with the ambitious goal of eradicating pests, re-introducing missing species and filling biodiversity information gaps in the area. The project area includes Breaksea Sound, Acheron Passage, Wet Jacket Arm, and Dusky Sound itself, including over 700 islands, including New Zealand’s fifth largest island, Resolution Island. The vision is for Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and New Zealand's largest ‘bio bank’ – a source of endangered native species that can be sent to pest free locations throughout the country - and this is your chance to be part of this big vision.. feel free to click here to learn more.

Although conservation is the focus there'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, fish, discover historic sites, paddle board, walk, birdwatch, relax in the hot tub as well as to get lost behind your camera.. it's up to YOU.

Fiordland Tamatea Adventures

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

1st - 5th June 2021 | from $3,500pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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17th - 21st of October 2021 | from $3,600pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

Give back to Fiordland beneath the surface..

The Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration plan has been developed by DOC with the ambitious goal of eradicating pests, re-introducing missing species and filling biodiversity information gaps in the area. The project area includes Breaksea Sound, Acheron Passage, Wet Jacket Arm, and Dusky Sound itself, including over 700 islands, including New Zealand’s fifth largest island, Resolution Island. The vision is for Dusky Sound to be one of the most intact ecosystems on Earth, and New Zealand's largest ‘bio bank’ – a source of endangered native species that can be sent to pest free locations throughout the country - and this is your chance to be part of this big vision.. feel free to click here to learn more.

Fiordland TamateaBLUE Adventures

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3rd - 6th of July 2021 | 2000pp

4 days - all but alcohol included - it's all about giving back and working hard

An ecosystem restoration involves the entire system.. above as well as below the water.

We noticed rubbish on the seafloor in bays we anchor and play around and have been picking up bits and pieces where we could... we know about the ongoing battle to eradicate Underia which is threatening Fiordlands marine ecosystem and know there are other biosecurity threats on their way... so we keep a clean vessel pass, avoid effected areas and clean client gear... we've noticed a decline in the fishery and are only catching for the table whilst advocating for full utilisation...

However we feel that that is no longer enough and decided to start an annual TamateaBLUE adventure.. focusing on underwater cleanups, as well as raise awareness and action around biosecurity and the need to think about sustainable fisheries even in such a seemingly abundant and wild place as Fiordland.

The pilot adventure was run in November 2019 in conjunction with GhostDiving NZ and with the support of the Fiordland Marine Guardians, LegaSEA as well as wonderful volunteers. We removed around 2t of rubbish from just one little bay in Tamatea Dusky Sound in only two days.

Now TamateaBLUE is an annual event to look after everything beneath the surface of Fiordland waters.

Make a difference and become a MAD - June/July every year.

Join us onboard Flightless to help us restore Tamatea and with that one of the 'last frontiers'. We have space for 4 'MAD - make a difference' volunteers at $2000pp to cover helicopter transfers, fuel and food for the four days onboard. Get in touch to find out how to make it happen.

20th - 25th of October 2020 | SOLD OUT

Join us on our Fiordland Spring Adventure as we explore the remote fiords of Dusky and Breaksea Sound on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless.

Spring is a magic time of year!It's all about exploring so there'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, fish, discover historic sites, paddle board, walk, birdwatch, relax in the hot tub as well as to get lost behind your camera.. it's up to YOU.

Fiordland Spring Adventures

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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5th - 9th of October 2021 | from $3,800pp

6 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

13th - 17th of November 2021 | from $3,800pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

15th - 18th of June 2021 | from $4,100pp

Join us on our Fiordland Photography Adventure with award-winning landscape photographer, William Patino. Master your camera and capture unique images as we explore the remote fiords of Dusky and Breaksea Sound on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless.

With the golden light of autumn and inspiring Fiordland atmosphere, this will be an adventure to remember.  

Autumn is a magic time of year!  It's all about exploring and capturing the moment so there'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, fish, discover historic sites, paddle board, walk, birdwatch, relax in the hot tub as well as to get lost behind your camera.. it's up to YOU.

Fiordland Photography Adventures

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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Will Patino Photography

7th - 10th December 2020 | SOLD OUT

It's all about seafood.. ocean to plate!

Gather a variety of fresh seafood, learn how to treat it respectfully, process it wholly, cook it deliciously and indulge in it fully.. get as involved as you want to be.

Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime on board our 27 meter expedition vessel Flightless.

Of course there is still time to .. Kayak, SCUBA dive, fish, hunt, 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.

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

Fiordland Seafood Adventures

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2nd - 5th of December 2021 | from $3,600pp

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

28th of February - 3rd of March 2022 | from $3,600pp

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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

Our GIRLS ONLY adventure has become an annual event for likeminded girls, woman, chicks, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends ..So come and explore the remote southern fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sound with us and a bunch of great woman.. soon to be friends. We had our debut in 2017 and are still smiling from the delightful bunch of 2018 & 2019.. Simply toooo much fun not to do it again.

19th - 23rd of February 2021 | SOLD OUT

GIRLS only Adventures

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5 days  - 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

16th - 20th of February 2022 | from $3,400pp

5 days  - 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

20th - 24th of January 2021 | from $3,800pp

Discover the history of Fiordland.. ...250 years after Captain Cook first set eyes on New Zealand...

Join us on our History Adventure as we explore the remote fiords of Preservation and Chalky Inlet on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless.

Although history is the focus there'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, fish, discover historic sites, paddle board, walk, birdwatch, relax in the hot tub as well as to get lost behind your camera.. it's up to YOU.

Thinking about Fiordland National Park now can make it hard to imagine that it was in fact where European history started for New Zealand some 248 years ago now. Captain Cook sailed into Dusky Sound in 1773... his records of the seal numbers as well as charts which meant safe passage brought sealers and whalers to the area. The very first whaling station in New Zealand was built in Preservation Inlet. Soon the mining followed and townships popped up in the southern Fiords driven by the gold fever.

Although the native bush has reclaimed most there are still remains to be discovered if you know where to look.

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

Fiordland History Adventures

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8th - 12th of January 2022 | from $3,800pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

10th - 14th July 2021 | from $3,900pp

Discover the beauty and history of Stewart Island..

Join us as we explore the east coast of Stewart Island from Oban, through Pattersons Inlet to Port Pegasus on board our 27m expedition vessel Flightless.

There'll be plenty of time to kayak, hunt, free dive, fish, discover historic sites, paddle board, walk, birdwatch, relax in the hot tub as well as to get lost behind your camera.. it's up to YOU.

The adventure starts and finishes in Bluff.. you'll be on the ferry across to Oban where you'll board Flightless for your adventure. Heli-transfer back to Bluff from Port Pegasus at the end of your adventure. Be aware that there is a guarantee of coast journeys as part of this journey which is not for the faint hearted.

5 days - all but alcohol included - one scenic helicopter flight

Stewart Island Adventures

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30th December 2020 - 2nd January 2021 | from $3,000pp

Welcome 2021 in remote Fiordland!

Head into Dusky or Breaksea Sound to meet M.V. Flightless. Cruise, hunt, fish, kayak, paddle board, SCUBA dive, free dive, walk or simply relax in the hot tub on the top deck on your way to 2022..

4 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

Fiordland New Year's Adventure

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28th February - 5th March 2021 | SOLD OUT

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

Real Swim Adventures

Swim in New Zealand’s most remote, unspoilt and beautiful locations. You’ll find some truly special inhabitants – bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals (kekeno), Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki), and blue penguins (korora). On a lucky day, you may even see whales, which swim by where the continental shelf comes close to the coast.

The adventure… Helicopter (transfers included) in to our exclusive live aboard charter vessel with its own HOT TUB – YES A HOT TUB! Also on board… kayaks, stand up paddle boards, a 4M RIB a fresh water maker and washer and drier. All the comforts while you enjoy RealSwim in a Kiwi paradise.

The Swimming… water temperatures average 14C-16C making this a wetsuit recommended trip. Swims of between 2-5km (weather dependent and shaped to meet the fitness, ability and motivation of the group) . Fiordland offers so many aspects there is nearly always somewhere ‘weather protected’ we can seek out in order to find superb swim conditions.

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4th - 9th of February 2022 | from $4,300pp

5 days - all but alcohol included - two scenic helicopter flights

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.

Fiordland Family Adventure

We only run two Family Adventures per year

so get in touch to make yours happen...

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

From

$4,000 per ADULT

$2,500 per CHILD

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More dates for 2021 and 2022 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.

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We look forward to having you onboard with us.

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