Experiences Outdoors Te Anau

Historic Cruises on Lake Te Anau

Written by Penny Simpson

Cruising Lake Te Anau on a classic motor yacht Faith is a chance to study the history of the Fiordland National Park and the vintage sailing craft. 

Fiordland Historic Cruises operates  morning, afternoon and evening scenic trips and private charters.

“Our guests enjoy complimentary drinks and canapes while onboard and we provide a guided walk to the Hidden Lakes once we arrive in the Fiordland National Park,” says Adam Butcher who co-owns the business with George Garden.  “There is time to explore Faith and if passengers choose they can give a hand pulling up the sails and driving her.” 

The 19.7 metre wooden sailing vessel was built in 1935, served in WWII, hosted Sir Winston Churchill and has sailed all over the world. 

Adam says it is the only boat of its kind in New Zealand.

“Time and time again our guests refer their friends and family and locals book the boat for celebrations and wedding photographs. Our guests always marvel at the silence of sailing in the South Fiord and the unspoilt beauty of the Hidden Lakes – the serenity is astounding.”

Both Adam and George share a passion for vintage craft. Adam’s background is in restoring and building old machinery and as a commercial pilot he has a love of classic and warbird aircraft. George spent many years working for Aston Martin in the UK while also racing classic and vintage race cars at the some of the world’s best-known venues.

“ We love sharing Faith with visitors and with over 200 five-star TripAdvisor reviews using  words like magical, superb, and amazing we are very proud of the experience we offer.”

 Book online: www.fiordlandhistoriccruises.co.nz

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Penny Simpson