16 May 2021

Heritage Expeditions Announces New Voyage Exploring the Primeval World of Stewart Island

Heritage Explorer

Heritage Expeditions is giving intrepid travellers the opportunity to experience a primeval world exploring the remote, pristine wilderness and wildlife of Stewart Island on its new 8-day voyage Unseen Stewart Island aboard 18-guest expedition yacht Heritage Explorer starting June.

Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said the Kiwi family-owned and operated company's latest voyage offered a rare glimpse into what New Zealand might have looked like exploring some of Stewart Island's most hard to reach shores and historic spots, many only accessible by sea.

"Just as its name suggests, this voyage is all about sharing the Unseen Stewart Island with our guests," said Aaron.

"New Zealand's greatest Botanist Leonard Cokayne famously described Stewart Island as being 'an actual piece of the primeval world'  and it's this untouched wilderness, wildlife and unique history ordinarily off limits to most travellers we are looking to share with our guests."

The new 8-day expeditions will explore the quirky town centre of Oban before setting sail for Paterson Inlet and historic Prices Inlet and Kaipipi Bay, predator-free bird sanctuary Ulva Island (your best chance of seeing New Zealand's national icon the Kiwi bird during the day), Port Adventure, 2 days exploring the otherworldly landscape and waterways of rarely visited Port Pegasus and its towering granite domes of Gog and Magog, New Zealand's 'Amazon' Lords River and more.

The new voyage joins the recently announced Fiordland, Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman expeditions.


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