Bon Voyage Lux - Fly-Cruise - Stewart Island & Fiordland March 2022 - Flipbook - Page 4
Day 6 – 7: Wednesday 09 – Thursday 10 March 2022
Chalky Inlet, Preservation Inlet and Long Sound
established in Kisbee Bay for miners. By 1904 only a few
miners were left, and few traces of the settlements remain.
Captain James Cook was the first European to see Taiari /
Chalky Inlet during the second voyage in 1773, naming both
it and Chalky Island after the white cliffs on the island’s
seaward side. Cook did not enter the fiord. The first
Europeans known to have entered and explore came in
1813, when the cutter Snapper entered the fiord and
established a camp for a number of months.
This is an amazing area of NZ history we explore as only a
very few have ever visited here in the recent past.
Pest control efforts on the islands in Chalky Inlet have led
to the eradication of pests from Great Island, the Passage
Islands and Chalky Island, with the latter three having been
declared predator free since 1999. This has allowed the
islands to become a sanctuary for many native species
which have been reintroduced to the area since 2002,
including the mohua, orange-fronted kakariki, little spotted
kiwi and tieke. Chalky Island is also home to the Te Kakahu
With 3,672 hectares, Long Sound Marine Reserve is the
largest reserve in Fiordland. It includes the main Long
Sound basin, ‘the Narrows’, and Revolver and Useless Bays.
The first shore-based whaling station in New Zealand was
established here in 1828 exploiting southern right whales in
the area. In the 1890s gold deposits were found. Two
settlements, known as Cromarty and Te Oneroa, were