Rod’s conservation career began in the Wildlife Service in the 1970s surveying takahē and searching for kākāpō in Fiordland. Enjoy onboard lectures and photography pro tips and fascinating insights into its rich wildlife, conservation and natural history as we explore its remote shores, islands, coves, inlets and fiords.
Established in 1952, Fiordland National Park is now over 1.2 million hectares in size and rightly famous for its grand scenery, untamed wilderness and unique wildlife, including Bottlenose Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals. However, Fiordland is also rich in natural history, geology and the location of some historical firsts and important restoration and conservation projects.
Legend describes how demi-god Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved out the region’s fiords with his adze, Te Hamo, from rock walls to create the fiords we know today.
Captain Cook and his crew were the first Europeans to visit, landing here aboard HMS Resolution in 1773. Cook’s records and maps would attract sealers and whalers not long after, who would go on to form the first European settlements here, shaping the future of the country.
The majority of Fiordland’s sounds are only accessible by sea, making them among the most remote areas of New Zealand’s mainland ensuring their epic beauty remains unspoiled and historic sites undisturbed.
Dates: 23 Jul – 1 Aug 2022
For more information on the itinerary, prices and to book your spot, visit Heritage Expeditions.