A family-run tourism trailblazer, Real Journeys is ecofriendly, and just plain friendly. One-day ‘wilderness cruises’ (adult/child from $250/65) include a three-hour journey aboard a modern catamaran with a specialist nature guide. The overnight cruise, which runs from September to May, is aboard the Fiordland Navigator, which sleeps 70 in en suite cabins (quad-share per adult/child from $419/210, single/double from $1171/1338).

Some trips include a visit to the West Arm power station, though it is sometimes closed for maintenance.

Real Journeys has been acknowledged by the Department of Conservation for its involvement in environmental outreach and nature preservation projects,