Boat life in the fiordlands


We’re back on the water and, as you can tell by the thumbnail, it’s not a big boat…and it’s not warm.  But it is the best vessel for exploring the more remote fingers of the Fiordlands.  And lucky us, mother nature has given us a rare winter weather window.  We have exactly 24 hours of ideal conditions for exploring New Zealand’s wettest, oldest, and biggest national park.

So gear up, because we’re headed off the grid and deep into the wilds of the Fiordlands.


Our Friend Joshua

Ini and Joshua will soon be opening their home to guests and you can stay with them too!  This isn’t a sponsored plug, simply an opportunity to connect with a fellow adventurer should you find yourself on the South Island of New Zealand (and hopefully you do).  You can see their lodge here:

DOC Huts

There are over 950 unique huts throughout New Zealand.  They are managed by the Department Of Conservation and we highly recommend making a proper kiwi trek and booking at least one night in a hut when you make it to NZ.

Our South Island Road Trip Route

Our South Island Road Trip Route 


What’s With The MAP?

This is a free website and app from Roadtrippers. It’s been our go-to app for discovering weird roadside attractions (hello Cano’s Castle) and wild places to camp (Trona Pinnacles).  The free version is fantastic and packed with all the essential features.  But, we have the Plus account because it’s better for an extended trip (like this one).  Plus unlocks features like live traffic, notes for each stop, collaborating with friends, and offline maps (handy during the trip since the internet is intermittent).


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Comments (16)

  • Mark Hendrickson

    Finally, a place that I can honestly say I’d never want to visit even though it was so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. What’s the term for the opposite of my bucket list?

  • Jerry

    Just awesome. Thank you. Can’t imagine how spectacular in person.

  • Alan Solomon

    Thank you so much for this awesome video.
    This is my kind of environment. When you said that nothing can hurt you there that piqued my interest. I started wondering about the snakes and insects that live there and if there is really nothing that can you hurt you there. I am sure a day there would erase years of work, stress and worry. I am glad it is as far away and has the harsh, changing weather that it has. I consider that a good thing, so humans don’t play and act like God and eventually abuse such an environment like that simply by walking or hiking repetitively. It is so delicate. It needs to be respected and kept as is.
    I love when you pull up on the first beach and there is no plastic bottles and other assorted garbage. I love that rainforest with the hanging moss and lichens. Great work installing and tending to the traps in boxes for the rats, weasels and other invasive species. Awesome undisturbed clarity of the flowing river water is KEY for me! The carpeted horizontal tree you were walking on was so cool. This is a special video of an incredible and special place not many get to see. Thanks.

  • John S.

    A perfect video to use a Lord of the Rings quote; and you picked a great one.

  • Steve Gibbons

    I did look chilli BRO. Those crystal clear water and trout just floating by. Simply stunning.

  • Mary Van

    Good for Joshua and the rest of the bush people for doing their part to keep the predators from killing the bird population.

    It is a great effort when people pitch in and do their part! It is a shame that all cultures do not understand the impact we have on our land.

    Glad someone had some warm clothes to share!

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  • Jeanette Brennan

    What an awesome trip! You did a great deal of fun things in just 24 hrs. So fabulous of Joshua to show you around. Can’t wait till next Sunday! Hoooray!! Stay safe, warm and awesome! 💝🪄🌟👍

  • Hank

    That looked like an awesome campout

  • Craig

    Those boats are made to be past down to future generations. I can see why Billionaire’s are setting up their escape bunkers in New Zealand.

  • MarkByron

    Bravo! Thank you for the fabulous video.

  • david longenhagen

    I look forward with great expectations your weekly videos, and while I still await each video, I am filled with such great expectations of the upcoming HH!
    In reflecting on your current journey, I would love to hear of some of the regional foods, much of which I am sure are English based, but fer sure there must be some extreme deviation from the normal.

  • Michael

    Totally awesome! Thank you.

    Once again we learn that it is humans who mess things up in the ecology.

    Here’s a tip. Buy a file for that axe and give it to Joshua to leave at the cabin.

    • Mary Van

      That is a great idea!

  • James Dillon

    Hey Folks!
    Thanks for your amazing efforts! As a retired old Canadian guy, you bring me great pleasure at my computer!! I live vicariously through your wonderful travels!! Thanks and greetings from Canada!! GIDDYUP!!

  • Theodore Enrique

    You folks are my way to see the world. Thank you!


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