Dayskipper Certificate Course and Voyage

Elwing has just welcomed a new group of adventurers aboard – a group from South Otago High School – during the next few days they will be completing their Dayskipper Certificate (earning them 6 credits at level 2 for their NCEA) and then they will be adventuring our into Paterson Inlet at Stewart Island to practise their new skills and to enjoy the southern wilderness at Stewart Island. Fingers crossed for some good weather! During the week, weather permitting they will spend time sailing, kayaking, wilderness trekking in the Rakiura National Park  and they will visit Ulva Island before their return to Halfmoon Bay on Friday.  There is another voyage similar to this scheduled for the first week of the October holidays – 29th September to 4th October – this voyage is open to school students 14+ years old, contact us if you think this voyage would be of interest to you!

Are you an International Student??

We have a fantastic voyage for you! Come to Stewart Island with us! Experience Stewart Island with us! Explore the remote beaches, kayak the hidden lagoons, sail Elwing into the wilderness, experience New Zealand native rain forest in all its splendour at Stewart Island. Stay on board Elwing – 14m live aboard cruising yacht – with other international students such as yourself! Meet new friends, or bring your friends with you!

There are only a few vacancies . . . contact us for information!  Or if you want a group of you to come . . . contact us and we can organise a date to suit you!  We would love to hear from you.

Dayskipper Certificate Course & Voyage

The vacancies in this course and voyage are almost taken. This is an excellent way to build up your academic qualifications – The NZ Coastguard Dayskipper Certificate course is worth 6 x level 2 credits in your NCEA qualifications. If you think you are too busy during the term time – think about contacting us and asking us to run the course for you in the holidays! Make use of the winter while the boating season is taking a rest – upskill yourself in your boating safety and be ready next season to be a better and a safer boatie!

Year 6-9 Holiday Adventure

The Young teen adventure on board Elwing has been and gone! What an amazing week of weather these young adventurers got! Everybody was fully involved in all the activities – how could you not be with sunny weather, warm (?!) water and fun people to adventure with!!  We will be having another Holiday Adventure for this age group in October if you are keen – contact us and make your booking – the berths will fill really quickly!

Elwing’s Port Pegasus Adventure!

Elwing and her fellow travellers are not long back from an amazing adventure at Port Pegasus Stewart Island! This time the people on board didn’t climb the mountains (they did that last time they came away to Pegasus on board Elwing!) they explored the paths and ways of the early settlement at Port Pegasus. The weather was as you might expect in the rain forest of Stewart Island – rainy some part of the day, most days . . . HOWEVER , this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the peace and tranquility of this southern port of Stewart Island. Don’t be mislead either – Port Pegasus is the wilderness, serious wilderness!  There is an amazing amount of activity you can enjoy – contact us to find out when we might be heading south to Port Pegasus in Elwing again!

Are you an International Student?

Experience Stewart Island! Come aboard Elwing!   This is a ‘Combined Schools International Student Voyage’ and is perfectly suited to our International Students. You don’t need experience!  You just need to want to experience new places and meet other people! Contact us if you think you might be interested in this voyage!  Experience the wilderness of Stewart Island!

Another Voyage Coming up Aboard Elwing

Elwing is resting for a few days but we have a Combined Schools Voyage coming up.  This is a very exciting voyage for students Year 10 and up – the voyage is an ‘Education/Adventure Voyage’ – Our adventurers will come aboard Elwing to do their Coastguard Boating Education ‘Dayskipper Certificate’ while at the same time adventuring aboard Elwing, experiencing Stewart Island!  The high schools all know about this voyage, it is in term time, and youngsters add 6 level 2 credits to their academic qualifications!  Contact us for more details. –

Holiday Adventure a Great Success

Elwing is back on her mooring! She has had a great week away with a group of young adventurers in Paterson Inlet Stewart Island!  The weather was outstanding for the voyage although there wasn’t much sailing done as there was no wind!!  There was a lot of sun though and calm weather. This meant the youngsters were able to go fishing out in Foveaux Strait – this is not that usual so these adventurers were lucky!  We had youngsters on board from Canterbury south and there are now ten adventurers who knew no-one to begin with and now are ten friends who have adventured together for the week!  If you are one of them – maybe you would like to join our Elwing Discoveries facebook page – put some pictures on for us, write a comment or two!

Upcoming Voyages?  Check out our next post for the upcoming voyages.  B-)

International Student Voyage

International Student Voyage – 26 June – 1 July 2011

Experience Stewart Island with Elwing Discoveries!

26 June – 1 July 2011

Imagine living on a large yacht!   Travel from bay to bay, exploring rivers, hideaway coves.  Experience remote reefs and sandy shores.  Paddle kayaks up hidden creeks through the bush.

As well as true adventure this trip will help to enhance our appreciation of the environment, help us learn  how to look after it and enjoy it to its full. Voyagees, with the aid of Arthur, the skipper, will raise and lower sails, sail to a new anchorage each night.  At the end of the day  they will sit around and fill in their logs to recapture the adventures of the day.  This tailor-made programme for senior adventurers  will be an amazing, fulfilling and educational  experience  in this unique part of New Zealand.

We  operate in conjunction with Coastguard Boating Education (CBES) and deliver, in a practical and informal way, the Dayskipper Experience course which is an introduction to going boating safely (not only in New Zealand but internationally),  and learning to make safe decisions even when the individual is not the organiser of the trip. We feel this is a very important part of our adventure voyage especially with the issues with boating safety we have had in New Zealand in recent times.

This voyage  really is a unique way of our International students visiting and experiencing Stewart Island and the exceptional wilderness it has to offer.

The  adventure participants will live together on board “Elwing” and sail around different parts of  Paterson Inlet Stewart Island,  anchoring in different bays to suit the weather forecast.

During their travels the participants should sight a number of things of interest – birds, seals, shags, albatrosses, land formation, historic sights, visit Ulva Island and will take part in extra activities besides sailing, e.g. kayaking, activities with rubber inflatable boat and outboard,  swimming, navigation, exploring.  This adventure is based on each person participating fully in the programme on board Elwing”.

                        Yacht Name:                           Elwing

                        Length:                                    14m (46 ft)

                        Power:                                     Sail & Diesel Engine

“Elwing” is a surveyed vessel through Maritime New Zealand (MNZ)  “Elwing” will carry all necessary safety equipment to meet the requirements of such a trip, – e.g. life jackets, first aid, radios, flares, life rings, floatation devices.

Participants will travel by their own  arrangement to meet at the Bluff Ferry Terminal on  Sunday 26 June 2011 at 4.00 pm sharp.   Arthur , the skipper of Elwing, will meet the voyagees and introduce himself. They will board the Foveaux Express and travel to Stewart Island where they will then travel to Elwing to begin their Stewart Island adventure.

On Friday 1 July 2011  the participants will travel again on the Foveaux Express back to Bluff, arriving at 4.00pm to travel home by their own arrangement.

Should travel be required from Invercargill there is a shuttle which connects to each ferry sailing and this works well for many of our voyagees. Also, if accommodation is necessary we have a very good contact with the Bluff Lodge Backpackers and this too, works well for many of our clients.

The cost for each voyagee is $550.00 – this price is all inclusive from Bluff (ferry, voyage, food, CBES course).  A deposit of $100.00 is required on resservation. The balance of $450.00 is due for full payment by 19 June 2011. Bank payment can be arranged when you make contact with us.  If you have any further queries or have students wishing to reserve a berth, please phone  027 2768817 or email us at . There are 10 berths available on the voyage.

Yours faithfully,

B. A.  White

Barbara White

Elwing Discoveries

Sailing Adventures & Boating Education

Experience Stewart Island!

Combined Schools Dayskipper Certificate Voyage

Year 11-13 Students – Unit Std 26542 – 6 x Level 2 Credits

19-24 June 2011

Imagine living on a large yacht!   Travel from bay to bay, exploring rivers, hideaway coves.  Experience remote reefs and sandy shores.  Paddle kayaks up hidden creeks through the bush.  Develop teamwork and leadership skills during all activities, PLUS extend  your ‘Safe Boating Knowledge’ by completing the CBES (Coastguard Boating Education Service) Dayskipper Certificate and at the same time adding to your academic qualifications with Unit Standard credits.

As well as true adventure this trip will help to enhance our appreciation of the environment, help us learn  how to look after it and enjoy it to its full. Voyagees, with the aid of Arthur, the skipper, will raise and lower sails, sail to a new anchorage each night.  At the end of the day  they will sit around and fill in their logs to recapture the adventures of the day.  This tailor-made programme for senior adventurers  will be an amazing, fulfilling and educational  experience  in this unique part of New Zealand.

The cost of this course per student  is $585.00 all inclusive from Bluff.  This includes all ‘Coastguard Boating Education Service’ (CBES)  exam fees, student manual, ferry, voyage aboard Elwing, food and GST. You organise your own travel to and from Bluff.  There are ten berths available on this voyage.  If you would like to reserve a berth(s) please be in touch –  to receive the ‘Registration Package’. There will be two forms in this package which will need to be filled in and returned to us  along with $100.00 as deposit. Balance of payment  is due by  10 June 2011

Participants will  meet at the Bluff Real Journeys Ferry Terminal by your own arrangement on

 Sunday  19 June  2011  at 4.00 pm sharp where they will be met by Arthur, the skipper of Elwing.  They will travel together on board the Real Journeys ferry  to Stewart Island where they will board Elwing and begin the academic side of  their Stewart Island Adventure. During the week the group will complete the academic side of the course plus they will adventure aboard Elwing while continuing to experience and practice their newfound knowledge and skills from the course.   After their exciting adventure at Stewart Island the adventurers will travel again with Arthur aboard the Foveaux Express, back to Bluff, arriving at 4.00 pm on Friday 24 June  2011. They will then travel home, again by their own arrangement.

As mentioned above, if you are interested in reserving a berth (either school or individual) please be in touch  and we will forward you the Registration Package ‘paperwork’ which you then fill in and return along with the $100.00 deposit. We look forward to hearing from you!


 Barbara White,

 Elwing Discoveries – Experience Stewart Island/Boating Education/Sailing Adventures   Phone: 0272768817