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Aerial view of Doubtful Sound

For over half a century, Real Journeys has been sharing the natural beauty of the southern part of New Zealand with visitors. We have a wide range of experiences across a number of locations – from iconic Milford Sound on east coast to tranquil Stewart Island, the southernmost community in New Zealand.

Real Journeys is widely regarded as a leader in the New Zealand tourism industry and is regularly named as one of New Zealand’s highest achieving tourism companies. For our staff though, the aim is still quite simple – to share the natural heritage and astounding beauty of the region with visitors – just as the founders intended.

Your skipper, crew and nature guides are all trained professionals, with an intimate knowledge of Southern New Zealand. They enjoy sharing this magnificent region and their enthusiasm is infectious!

Our crew don’t just sail the vessel, they will do everything they can to ensure that you have the very best cruise experience. Often a real feeling of camaraderie develops during a Discovery Expedition with many good friendships made.

The on-board nature guides are experienced guides who are passionate about Southern New Zealand, its wildlife and history.

As well as providing illuminating commentaries, our nature guides share their knowledge through illustrated evening talks and leading walks ashore. Our nature guides are here to help you get the best from your Discovery Expedition and are always happy to answer any questions about wildlife or history that you might have.

We have planned our Discovery Expedition activities to suit all levels of fitness and there really is something for everyone. You might find this is the perfect opportunity to sample new activities, such as kayaking. We receive wonderful comments from passengers each year about how much they enjoyed walking on quiet tidal beaches and kayaking alongside rock walls.

Remember, our crew and nature guides are there to ensure that you have a fantastic and memorable cruise. We’ll take care of everything – all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself!

The Milford Wanderer

Just because you’re escaping civilisation doesn’t mean you have to go without its comforts. Our vessel, the Milford Wanderer, is a modern motorised vessel that has been purpose built for navigating southern New Zealand.

Milford Wanderer

Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, it has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment.

Your sleeping quarters on board the Milford Wanderer are warm and comfortable (2 guests per sleeping compartment) with a maximum of 32 guests per departure.

Delicious meals prepared by our onboard chef. The galley is well provisioned and all meals are catered; including morning and afternoon teas. In fact Discovery Expeditions are famous for their delicious and plentiful home-cooked meals, so you certainly won’t go home hungry!

Summary of highlights:

  • All meals prepared by an onboard chef
  • Specialist nature guides provide interesting information. Open bridge policy - chat with the skipper during the voyage
  • Friendly and knowledgeable crew
  • Guided walks along beautiful deserted shorelines
  • Visit historic sites and abandoned settlements
  • Kayaks and small motorised craft available for guest use to explore the coastline
  • Modern facilities onboard including a licensed bar on-board with plenty of room to relax in the main saloon

Charters & Group Bookings: Discovery Expeditions 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