Doubtful Sound is one of the most scenic and awe inspiring waterways within the Fiordland National Park.
Imagine spending your working day cruising past shear cliffs with cascading waterfalls, catching enormous blue cod, and watching dolphins play… and the sunsets are just as magnificent.
Now is your chance to make the dream a reality. Deep Cove Charters has come on to the market for the first time, ever.
This exceptional tourism business has it all - sea, scenery and salary - but be quick, this type of opportunity seldom comes up for sale.
Evening in Doubtful Sound in the Fiordland National Park
Fiordland is the largest National Park in New Zealand and is recognised as one of the world’s foremost natural landscapes through its inclusion in the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The best way to experience the unparallel scenery, unique wildlife, and unbelievable fishing and diving is by boat.
Deep Cove Charters operates the charter vessel MV FLYER on Doubtful Sound with three popular packages:
- a day cruise for up to 12 passengers including diving and fishing charters
- an overnight cruise with accommodation for up to 6 passengers
- group charters for longer duration, with accommodation for up to 6 passengers - ideal for hunting, fishing and shooting parties
Deep Cove Charters are a small and friendly team who provide their guests with a unique experience - they are the real deal "Kiwi Operators".
Charter schedule to Doubtful Sound
A unique experience
Diane Lemin, one of the business owners, begins each charter cruise by sending passengers from Manapouri on a 45 minute boat ride across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. At West Arm, they are met by Chris (the other owner of the business) who transports them over the mighty Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove at the head of Doubtful Sound. Chris now becomes skipper, guide and chef on MV Flyer as it winds its way around Doubtful Sound and out onto the open Tasman Sea.
- Day Cruises - 5 days per month from 1 April to 31 October
- Overnight Cruises - 1 October to 31 March (but are available all year round)
- Charters (2 to 5 day) to any other Fiord (ie Dusky and Breaksea Sounds toward the south or Nancy, Charles, Caswell and George Sounds to the north - 1 April to 31 October (but are available all year round)
- Discovery Cruises to Preservation Inlet can also be arranged with helicopter change-overs (reliant on several group bookings)
MV Flyer charter boat in Doubtful Sound
The business sale will include The 'MV Flyer'
The MV Flyer is a Dorado 42 'game launch', built in 1993, and is 12.8 meters in length. The power plant is a 8V71TA Detroit engine and the vessel cruises at 14 knots with a maximum speed of 18 knots.
The MV Flyer has two VHF radios, a global positioning system, radar, two sounders, a compass, fire extinguishers, an auto pilot, life jackets, a life raft, and an inflatable boat with outboard. The MV Flyer is under "New Zealand Safe Ship Management" and holds certificates No 11741 and MSA No 130907.
Passenger accommodation is in six bunks in a communal room. The bathroom includes a toilet, shower and a wash basin with hot and cold running water. Other features include diesel stove, fridge-freezer, television, video and DVD player plus a CD player for passengers to enjoy, and a hot and cold water shower unit on the back deck. All bedding and fishing gear is provided, plus towels and face cloths.
Licences & Permits held by Deep Cove Charters Ltd
Enormous blue cod, fun for all
Deep Cove Charters Ltd holds:
- a permit to operate in the Coastal Marine Area adjacent to the Fiordland National Park (Permit No 200541)
- a Concession with the Department of Conservation (Licence No COC 099)
Chris Lemin, the owner, holds a "New Zealand Certificate of Competency" as a Commercial Launch Master. The new owner will need a Commercial Skippers Ticket, or to be able to hire a suitable person.
Assets being sold
The business sale will include:
Day to day management at Deep Cove Charters Ltd
- MV Flyer and all equipment
- 12 seater mini van
- Subaru Legacy car
Variable - set by confirmed advance bookings.
The business is operated by the two owners. If required, they are available to assist the new owner, terms by negotiation.
The business sale will include a customer database, ideal for direct marketing.
Advertising and Promotion:with secure booking form. Other customers come via commission-based Booking Agents. The business also has a booking Agent in Holland who provides advanced bookings from his clients.
Deep Cove Charters advertises though signage at Manapouri, Te Anau, Queenstown and Wanaka, brochures at iSites and Visitor Information Centres in key locations throughout the South Island, and advertisements in Travel Guides. The business maintains an informative Web site http://www.doubtful-sound.com/
Best promotion, however, comes from the many happy and satisfied passengers who go off all around the world telling everyone about their experience - see http://www.doubtful-sound.com/About-Us/Guests-comments.asp for their comments.
Call Chris and Diane on +64 3 249 6828 (anytime)
Fiordland and Doubtful Sound
Fiordland National Park http://www.fiordland.org.nz at the southern tip of the South Island stretches from Martins Bay in the north to Waitutu Forest in the south. The Park includes the picturesque eastern lakes of Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai and Hauroko to the 14 spectacular fiords of the west coast.
Beech trees dominate much of Fiordland’s forest and forest birds like tomtits, brown creepers, grey warblers, fantails, tui, bellbirds and native pigeons predominate. Brown kiwi are reasonably common and the inquisitive mountain parrot, the kea, is a regular entertainer at higher altitudes.
Bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins and little blue penguins are resident in the fiords. The lakes and rivers of Fiordland offer excellent fishing for brown and rainbow trout and red deer and wapiti can be hunted by permit.
For more information about this special part of New Zealand, click on: http://www.doubtful-sound.com/Fiordland