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Prices and Departures:
For a quick list of all our departures and prices, see the Prices & Schedules page.

Check-in: 8:45am, Bluff Visitor Terminal.

Departs: 9:30am, Bluff Visitor Terminal.

Returns: 4.30pm (approximately), Bluff Visitor Terminal.

Parking: Parking is available a short walk from the Bluff Visitor Terminal.

Transfers: A courtesy coach is available between Invercargill and Bluff. This departs at 8am on the morning of departure from Invercargill. Bookings are essential so please contact us or add a comment to your booking.

Getting to Bluff Bluff is around 25 minutes from Invercargill, 3.5 hours from Dunedin and around 3 hours from Queenstown by road.

Accommodation: Discovery Expedition passengers are entitled to a 20% discount at Stewart Island Lodge prior to or following their cruise. Contact us directly for making a booking or visit stewartislandlodge.co.nz to see details of the accommodation.

For other accommodation options in Invercargill and Bluff, we suggest contacting Invercargill iSITE (information centre): 03 211 0985 or visit www.invercargill.org.nz

Mobility: Please note the vessel has steep stairs & high sills on all doorways. Please discuss any mobility issues with us prior to departure.

Medical conditions and allergies: If you have a medical conditions, allergies or mobility problems please ensure you notify us prior to departure. This information will remain strictly confidential to the crew but is essential in case of a medical emergency in this remote location.

Age: If you are over 70 years, please consult your doctor to check your physical fitness.

Communications: Please note there is little or no cell phone coverage during the cruise. However, the Milford Wanderer is in daily contact with Real Journeys Manapouri and messages can be left there.

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

Charters & Group Bookings: Discovery Expedition are available for charter and group bookings. We can tailor cruises to suit your requirements and can include team building sessions or arrange guest speakers. Contact our Events team - email: events@realjourneys.co.nz

What to bring: Discovery Expedition are casual and informal. We recommend light, quick drying materials (e.g. polypropylene) for wearing next to your skin, covered by warm outerwear and a waterproof layer. We also suggest at least two changes of clothing for both on-board and walking/wet weather gear. Refer to the checklist below for further guidance. 

Please try to limit your luggage to one pack or soft suitcase. 

We recommend that you bring gumboots, as we often do beach/shore landings where the tide sweeps in/out. We mostly do short walks and gumboots 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.

Please carry all medications in your day bag & keep them with you at all times. DO NOT pack in your suitcase as you will be separated from your luggage at times.

Essential

Off-boat Activities

Essential

On-boat Activities

Optional

Waterproof boots (e.g. gumboots for walking in wet conditions) Casual shoes for inside wear Camera & accessories
Sandshoes / tramping boots (for dry walking conditions) Casual shirts / t-shirts, etc Binoculars
Waterproof / waterproof jacket Two jerseys Torch
Waterproof / waterproof over-trousers Warm jacket (e.g. Swandri or fleece lined) Musical instruments
Walking clothes (e.g. shorts, trousers, long-johns) Trousers / track pants Tramping / walking poles
Warm hat Sleeping attire / underwear Ear plugs
Warm gloves Personal toiletries (towels supplied onboard) Hot water bottle / wheat bag
Warm socks (woollen / polypropylene) Sunglasses
Day pack Personal medication and/or seasickness tablets
Sunblock
Insect Repellant