Trip Details

This trip is simply dedicated to taking photography. Cruise through Paterson Inlet to Foveaux Straits and to nearby islands. Look out for and view seabirds including majestic albatross, petrels, prion, shearwater, skua, penguins and cormorants. Your Skipper / Guide will try to maximise your photo opportunities by finding birds and pointing out interesting subject matter, along with assisting with bird identification.


  • This trip will only operate in suitable weather.  
  • Where we do not have minimum numbers, but suitable weather, we may offer our Paterson Inlet Wildlife Cruise, with a focus on photography. 

Paterson Inlet and nearby Islands out from Halfmoon Bay, in Foveaux Straits.


Birds commonly seen in the area include:

Southern royal albatross, white-capped mollymawk, Buller's mollymawk, Salvin's mollymawk, northern giant petrel, skua, sooty shearwater, common diving petrel, cape pigeon, white-fronted tern, black-fronted tern, fairy prion, little blue penguin, yellow-eyed penguin, Fiordland crested penguin, Stewart Island shag, spotted shag, pied shag, little black shag, pied and variable oystercatchers.


We see New Zealand fur seals and sea lions. Occasionally we may see bottle-nosed dolphins.


"...we had a wonderful 3 hours with the Mollyhawks. Our photographer friend was in photographers heaven. We saw little blue penguins, a glimpse of an elusive yellow eyed penguin, cormorants and more..."


  • What we do

    We pick you up from your accommodation, take you to Golden Bay Wharf. Embark our boat for your trip.

    Your skipper will make you comfortable, show you where we are going and take you on our leisurely and informative cruise. 

    We travel past Halfmoon Bay, towards nearby Whero Rock and Bench Island. Occasionally we may visit nearby Muttonbird Islands.

    We return to Golden Bay Wharf or Halfmoon Bay Wharf depending on schedules.

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Pricing & Info


NZ $195.00


Photography tour, transfers to and from Golden Bay Wharf, admin costs.

$1.00 per person donated into our Conservation Fund.

Min persons

6 persons

Important: If your booking is for less than the minimum, check to see if we have achieved the minimum or, we can reserve spaces, whilst we await further bookings.

Max persons

7 persons


3 hours


Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
9.00 am to 12.00 noon or 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm

Important: May operate morning or afternoon subject to weather / sea conditions / tides or slightly adjusted time.



Golden Bay Wharf

Suitable for

Reasonable fitness and agility.

Departure Dates

Prior bookings are essential.  
Additional dates (including off-season) may be available subject to feasibility and staff availability.  Please contact us.

MAY TO SEPTEMBER Please enquire
OCTOBER 2019 9th or 10th
15th or 16th
20th or 21st
NOVEMBER 2019 12th or 13th
22nd or 23rd
DECEMBER 2019 1st or 2nd
9th or 10th
21st or 22nd
JANUARY 2020 3rd or 4th
8th or 9th
20th or 21st
FEBRUARY 2020 5th or 6th
14th or 15th
20th or 21st
MARCH 2020 7th or 8th
18th or 19th
24th or 25th
APRIL 2020 1st or 2nd
16th or 17th