FAQs

Where can I park my car / campervan in Manapouri?

We suggest you park your vehicle in the View Street car park, in Manapouri. This is free parking for unlimited time.

What power is available onboard?

Power points are 240volts and available 7am – 9pm, while the main generators are operating

Are there hairdryers onboard?

There are hairdryers available on-board in the communal bathrooms.

Can you provide a detail itinerary of where we will be each day?

Unfortunately we cannot provide to this level of detail as some places visited are weather dependant. We visit historic places, abandoned settlements, deserted shorelines and places of interest.

Do we need to pay for our meals or drinks while on-board?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included in the price of your trip. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the cruise. We have an licensed bar on board the Milford Wanderer and these drinks are available for purchase on-board.

What can I purchase onboard?

We have an licensed bar on board the Milford Wanderer and these drinks are available for purchase on-board.  We also sell a range of bar snacks and some souvenirs.

How can I pay for things onboard?

We set up an account for you for the duration of your cruise and we accept cash, cheque or credit card payments.

What is essential for the helicopter transfer?

We ask all guests to keep any of their medication with them during the transfers as you may be separated from your main bags for some time (possibly hours). We also request hand luggage is limited to a day pack/ handbag, camera, raincoat and your medication.

Do you offer discounts for a group?

We offer a discount for groups of 10 or more people. Please enquire about availability and bookings.

I have been on a Discovery Expedition before – do you offer a repeat discount?

Yes, we offer returning Discovery Expedition customers a 10% discount. Please enquire directly with us about making your booking to receive the discount.

How much luggage can I bring?

We strongly prefer our guests to limit their luggage to 1 soft sided suitcase or backpack and 1 day pack (ie small backpack or handbag). Luggage is especially restricted for helicopter transfers.

What should I pack/bring?

Please see our detailed list of “what to bring” on the ‘More Info’ tab on this page. We recommend our guests to bring gumboots / waterproof boots for onshore activities as it is often muddy on land and guest have to step into sea surge when going ashore. Please note that all shoes for wearing onshore are to be kept outside your luggage at check-in, as we need to put them in a salt water bath to eliminate any seeds or didymo  before entering the National Park (new shoes do not need to be dipped).

Do you offer kayaking on all your Discovery Expeditions?

The kayaks are available on all our Discovery Expedition departures – please ensure you talk to the crew onboard if you wish to go kayaking. Please note that all kayaking is weather and time dependent.

Do you allow fishing?

Due to Real Journeys’ commitment to the preservation of diminishing fish stocks, it is our company policy not to fish within the Fiordland waterways (in accordance with the Guardians of the Fiordland Fisheries). We therefore ask that you not to bring any fishing gear on-board. However, if weather and timing permits, there may be an option to fish outside these areas (hand line and barbless hooks are provided, must adhere to quota). 

How fit do I need to be to take part in the activities?

All walks are optional. The Nature Guides provide a briefing prior to heading ashore so you can decide if you wish to join in. The walks are generally leisurely and not too strenuous, allowing you time to take in the area’s flora and fauna. Please note that the tracks are often muddy.

Do I need to reconfirm before departure?

We recommend all our guests reconfirm 48 hours prior to departure and provide details of where you will be staying the night prior to departure, confirm your pickup point and departure time.

What types of dietary intolerances/allergies can you cater for on-board?

We can cater for most food requests, ranging from celiac, gluten free, vegetarian and lactose intolerant. Unfortunately we cannot cater for Kosher. Please contact us to discuss any of your dietary requirements.

Are we allowed to bring alcohol on-board the boat?

We have an licensed bar on board the Milford Wanderer and these drinks are available for purchase on-board. The Milford Wanderer is not licensed for BYO so please leave any alcohol at home.

Is there a drying room on-board?

There is a space for guests to hang your wet clothes however it is not a specific drying room.

Are we able to scuba dive if we have our certificates?

Unfortunately we cannot cater to guests who wish to scuba dive on our vessel.

What footwear do we need to take on-board and for when we go for walks in the bush?

We recommend that you bring both gumboots and sandshoes/hiking/tramping boots. As we often do beach/shore landings where at the tide sweeps in/out and short walks, gumboots (preferably ones just below the knee) are ideal to stomp around in if the tracks are wet and boggy underfoot. The crew will advise you of what they recommend you wear on each adventure.

Do you provide pick ups and drop offs from Queenstown, Te Anau to Manapouri?

We offer courtesy transfers from Te Anau to Manapouri. For transfers from Queenstown, coach connections are available for an extra cost. Please contact us for further details.

Why don't the Discovery Expeditions operate all year round?

The Milford Wanderer is also utilised for our Milford Sound Overnight Cruises during the summer season (November to March).

How can we make a booking?

Click on “Book your cruise now” and search for your preferred departure date and follow the prompts to complete your booking via this website. Alternatively contact us on 0800 65 65 01 (Freephone within New Zealand), phone +64 3 249 7416 or email us on discovery@realjourneys.co.nz and our Reservations team will assist you.

Are we allowed to smoke on-board the vessel?

Smoking is only permitted in the designated outdoor areas on-board the Milford Wanderer. You cannot buy cigarettes on board the Milford Wanderer.

Are the rooms’ ensuite?

The Milford Wanderer has shared bathroom facilities on board.

What music instruments do we have on-board?

We have a guitar on board the boat but you are most welcome to bring along your own.