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AFFINITY CRUISES Welcomes You Onboard

Discover the Marlborough Sounds, Stewart Island and Fiordland, New Zealand’s best boat cruising locations, whether it’s Walking, Fishing, Flora & Fauna, early European History, Bird Watching or just sitting back and relaxing we have a cruise tailored just for YOU!

The Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island with it’s hidden bays and coves, variety of walking tracks and great weather is a fantastic cruising location.

For those of you that like walking, Stewart Island has some wonderful walks with breathtaking views as well as a guided visit to Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary – an unforgettable experience that gets you up close to some of New Zealand’s native birds and trees.

Fiordland is the place to cruise for it’s raw beauty, towering cliffs and roaring waterfalls, it’s a photographers delight. Then there’s the walks through virgin native bush, history of Captain James Cook and the early European settlers, fishing and the playful fur seals.

So join us onboard our comfy small ship the M.V.Affinity for a cruise that will leave you with a lifetime of memories, new friends and discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.

Scenic Cruise, Walk and Kayak

Cruising, Walking and Kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds is one of the cruises that not only gives spectacular scenery but gives you the opportunity to participate in all the activities or if you desire, just relax on board cruising from one bay to the next.

Scallop Cruises

Combine cruising in the Queen Charlotte Sound with the opportunity to catch your own SCALLOPS each day!

Top of the South Cruise

Your adventures starts from Wellington Airport with a Scenic Flight over Marlborough Sounds to Golden Bay where Affinity will be waiting for you to begin your cruise in the Top of the South

5 and 6 Night Scenic Cruises

Our ever popular cruises in the Marlborough Sounds exploring hidden bays and coves

About us

Brian and Diane Appleby had a dream…… to own and work on a cruising vessel in New Zealand, so in 1996 the dream began. Along with their daughter Vicky they developed cruises that focused on their passion – cruising kiwi style!

In the beginning we were doing shorter cruises in the Marlborough Sounds and 7 day cruises in Fiordland paying attention to mainly fishing and diving type charters. We soon realised that these two amazing areas had much more to offer; the scenery, isolation and relaxation and the vessel was suited to couples, friends and both single ladies and men who wanted to experience these areas.

So new cruises where designed and Stewart Island was also added to the locations that we cruise and to be able to go ashore and discover at a relaxed pace or just to sit back onboard and reflect on life.

In designing our itineraries we had to keep in mind what our passengers, (who often turn in to friends) wanted:

  • Interesting and flexible itineraries
  • Special requests to visit areas of importance to them
  • Not to rush around but to sit back and take in the atmosphere
  • Good kiwi food like mum used to make

We feel that we have all the above and more on our cruises and are proud to say… So you have always wanted to explore these places but never knew how to before – what are you waiting for – experience the dream with us!