Real Journeys

Real Journeys is a major tourism company based in Fiordland, New Zealand. It is New Zealands largest marine tourism operator, and operates a number of ships, as well as a tourism flight airline.


It was set up in the early 1950s as the 'Manapouri-Doubtful Sound Tourist company', and is known for its cruises (day trips and overnight) on Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu. It operates five major ships: the Milford Sovereign, Milford Monarch, Milford Wanderer, Milford Mariner and the Fiordland Navigator, all built in Southland. They also own a number of associated tourism activities such as a bus company and the concession to run trips to the Te Ana-au Caves.

In 1969, the company purchased the TSS Earnslaw, a steamship carrying passengers on Lake Wakatipu.

In 2006, Environment Southland, the Southland Local Government Authority, recognised the company for its work to minimise negative impacts of tourism on Doubtful Sound.

Air tourism

Milford Sound Flightseeing was originally Southern Scenic Air Services Limited, subsequently renamed to Tourist Air Travel Limited, then Mount Cook and Southern Lakes Tourist Company who subsequently decided to simplify the name with yet another change to Mount Cook Airline. It then became Tourism Flightseeing, a joint venture between The Helicopter Line and Real Journeys Limited. The most recent name change was to Milford Sound Flightseeing around 2002, when Real Journeys bought 100% ownership, and the Real Journeys brand was added to the hangars and aircraft.

Milford Sound Flightseeing is based at Queenstown Airport, Frankton, and is responsible for passenger flight operations between Queenstown and Milford Sound, and occasionally into Te Anau, as well as aircraft maintenance.


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