Conservation Discovery Expedition may become Annual Event
The Conservation Discovery Expedition to Dusky Sound has been such a success that Real Journeys and the Department of
Conservation are working at turning it into an annual event.
“Conservation is an intrinsic part of Real Journeys heritage and we’re pleased to have been able to work with DOC to
find a new way we can help preserve and protect Dusky Sound. From the feedback we’ve had it was a great Discovery
Expedition experience as well,” says Richard Lauder, Real Journeys Chief Executive.
DOC’s Te Anau based Conservation Partnerships Manager, Jesse Haanen says the first conservation-focussed joint cruise
was a resounding success and DOC would continue to work with Real Journeys towards making it a regular feature.
“It’s exciting to be working in partnership with Real Journeys for the benefit of the Dusky Sound restoration project.”
The expedition was a sell-out and included 29 people, mostly from Southland, who quickly snapped up the chance to help
DOC with its conservation work in Dusky Sound. Feedback was positive from those taking part: “A trip of a lifetime”
(David Mollison). “Bucket list ticked off.” (Keith Cullen). And “a great concept of increased partnership between
tourism and conservation” (Wendy Day).
Work included trap checking, bird monitoring and track maintenance on Indian Island in Dusky Sound but passengers also
enjoyed all the usual comforts and elements of a Discovery Expedition, including a nature guide, heli-flight and nature
walks to historic sites.
The trip also raised over $7,500 for DOC’s Dusky Sound Restoration and Conservation project. Next year’s Conservation
Discovery Expedition is likely to take place in September but dates have yet to be set.