Fiordland Adventure


A once in a lifetime opportunity to RealSwim in one of New Zealand’s most remote, unspoilt and beautiful locations. In Fiordland you’ll find some truly special inhabitants – bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals (kekeno), Fiordland crested penguins (tawaki), and blue penguins (korora). On a lucky day, you may even see whales, which swim by where the continental shelf comes close to the coast.

The trip… Helicopter (transfers included) in to our exclusive live aboard charter vessel with its own HOT TUB – YES A HOT TUB! Also on board… kayaks, stand up paddle boards, a 4M RIB a fresh water maker and washer and drier. All the comforts while you enjoy RealSwim in a Kiwi paradise.

The Swimming… water temperatures average 14C-16C making this a wetsuit recommended trip. Swims of between 2-5km (weather dependent and shaped to meet the fitness, ability and motivation of the group) . Fiordland offers so many aspects there is nearly always somewhere ‘weather protected’ we can seek out in order to find superb swim conditions.

Meeting point for the start of the trip is at Manapouri airport the morning of your trip start date to helicopter into ‘PureSalt’ located ‘somewhere’ in Fiordland.

Please note this trip is limited to 11 swimmers

2021 Dates are now SOLD OUT. 2022 dates and info coming soon. 


5 nights, 6 days

Day 1

– Morning helicopter transfers

– Introductions and boat familiarisation.

– Acclimatisation swim to enable crew to get comfortable with swim procedures/ allow guests to learn swim procedures/ allow staff to assess swim abilities

Day 2,3,4,5

– One fully supported morning swim and one afternoon swim with plenty of down time between. Swim locations depending on weather conditions. Swim lengths minimum 2km / maximum 5km.

Day 6

– Sunrise pre breakfast dip ; a final team breakfast before departing for Manapouri airport.

Accommodation on board is

  • Bunkrooms and twin cabins. 

You can request one of these rooms else we’ll assign you a room. Accommodation is available on a first come first served basis .

There is also are guided walking, history, birdwatching, snorkelling and fishing opportunities

Cost is $4999 PP / $1500 deposit / Limit is 11 swimmers. 


2021 dates below

Start Date:

28 Feb 2021

Finish Date:

5 March 2021

2021 dates are now SOLD OUT!

2022 dates and info coming soon.

Booking Terms and Conditions

  • A non refundable deposit is required to confirm your RealSwim booking.
  • Full payment is required for a booking less than 60 days from the start date.
  • Read full T’s & C’s 


Essentials Needed

  • Please don’t bring the kitchen sink for this live aboard RealSwim Adventures as we’re flying in to the location.
  • Other essential equipment – You’ll need gear for all conditions
  • Wetsuit
  • Reef shoes or sandals
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sun Screen
  • Sun Hat/Warm Hat
  • Sun Glasses
  • Goggles x 2 clear and tinted
  • Drink Bottles
  • Swim Suits
  • Warm thermal undergarments/Fleece
  • Shorts and light long trousers
  • Walking Shoes
  • Two Towels


What is included?

Helicopter transfers return out of Manapouri Airport. Five nights accommodation on the live aboard ‘PureSalt’ including all meals and essentials. You’ll have access to hot showers, washing machines, drinking water and a  hot tub as well as full safety support  for your RealSwimming. 

What is the climate like?

Expected water temperature is 14-16C . There is a large high annual precipitation in Fiordland. Due to the numerous aspects in the sounds we have excellent opportunities to find the lee/ sheltered swimming locations. 

Boat Bunks