A hands-on conservation cruise in remotest New Zealand

New Zealand in Depth’s adventure raises funds for NGO Taatea’s work to protect endangered native birdlife

The Fiordland region, in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island
The Fiordland region, in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island | Image: Talman Madsen Photography

In 1773, after four months battling storms in the Southern Ocean, Captain Cook took refuge in a remote fjord on the tip of New Zealand’s South Island. He spent the following six weeks charting Dusky Sound – as he’d named it in 1770 on his first voyage to the islands – noting the “deafening” noise of the native birds. Dusky Sound remains one of the remotest parts of New Zealand, but has not been immune to mankind’s encroachments: the introduction of non-endemic predators such as rats, stoats and possums has taken a devastating toll on the birds that sang so loudly.

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To help fund the bird-conservation projects of local NGO Tamatea, travel company New Zealand in Depth has launched a five-day, four-night adventure to Dusky Sound aboard an ex-Navy exploration vessel. Guests will arrive by helicopter and take a hands-on part in the NGO’s work – the trip costs £1,900 (excluding international flights).

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