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Old 29-09-2008, 14:31   #1
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Anybody Cruised to Fiordland ? (SW New Zealand)

As the title reads - Anybody cruised to Fiordland? (SW New Zealand)

What is it like down there for yachts?

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Old 04-10-2008, 11:39   #2
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Scotty, have not cruised there myself so these comments are based on observation & second hand info
1. it is an offshore trip, you can expect to get hammered on the passage, and be thankful if you are not. A good route can be down the west coast & straight line from New Plymouth to Milford.
2. If you go that far ,try to take in Stewart island as well
3. Facilities & supplies only available at Milford sound and maybe at a fishing boat base, altho not sure if that still functions
4. no shortage of freshwater
5. or sandflies
6. a heater will be a good idea
7. as is SSB radio & weather fax/grib processing software
8. anchoring is very deep
9. some interesting (if cold) scuba diving
10. bank on being weather bound for some days
There is an interesting book "Columbia cruises south" by Ralph von Kohorn, about a launch circumnavigating the Sth Island - check out the secondhand shops in NZ/trademe. Also has a book written by Frank Davis about a similar trip
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Old 06-10-2008, 14:38   #3
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Thumbs up Cruising Fiordland, NZ

Try contacting the Mana Cruising Club via By memory we print a cruising guide to the area. If not, Wayne should be able to put you in contact with members that have done the trip ...

The Mana Cruising Club holds a rally to Fiordland every 2-3 years. People come back with very positive comments. Just add insect repellent to the substantial equipment list previously provided.
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For clarification, the cruising guide and club cruises are 'not-for-profit' services / activities provided for MCC members. But I am sure Wayne will help you if he can.

I was perhaps unwise to use the word 'rally', which could be interpreted as [1] a commercial service, and [2] an overly organised sort of event.
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Eric and Susan Hiscock made an extensive cruise through the area that is detailed in their book "Sou'West in Wanderer IV". Check your local central library.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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Our friends on Phoenix cruised Fiordland last year. They ran into very few other boats. Their trip notes and photos can be seen on their website: S/V PHOENIX Home Page
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I think Wheels as made a few trips down there
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We spent a month in Fiordland Jan 08, absolutely fabulous, motored down West Coast in light Northerlies, as it was a strong La Nina oscillation this year weather in southern NZ was very stable, only rained three times the whole month, wx is well forecast, Mary on Bluff Fishermans radio provides great service its like being part of a bigb family, Mana Cruising Clubs guide is spot on, Stewart Island totally different but also drop dead beautiful, Sandflies are the price of admission, mosquito netting no good they walk through holes, met Phoenix in Deep Cove, they really didnt do place justice as they were only there for 10 days total and spent too many days in deep cove, which we regarded as worst anchorage going, just around corner at the end of Hall arm would be one of the best and they missed it
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