Helpful Infomation

  • Information Sheet

The following is included in the price:-

  • Fishing rod, reels & tackle
  • Diving Weight belts
  • Dive bottles
  • Full galley facilities
  • Transport from Tuatapere to and from the Takapu
  • All meals

  • Dive compressor
  • Dive platform
  • Boarding ladder
  • Full size shower & toilet
  • 5 metre inflatable and 6 metre tinny (both equipped with outboards)
  • A washing machine & dyer is on board

Dive gear adds up to a lot of weight & room in the helicopter!

Combine all these features with the opportunity to dive, shoot, or fish Fiordland and have the makings of a “Never to be forgotten wilderness experience”

Hunters permit is required (no cost incurred). Go to & follow links.

It pays to keep with you when travelling to the boat gum boots & rain coat, insect repellent as you may not always be with your gear to be able to get to them.

Because Fiordland has four seasons in one day, line your bags & backpacks with plastic bin liners as this will help to keep gear dry. Nothing like sleeping in a soggy sleeping bag!

Bring own sleeping bag, towel. (Pillow provided) along with basic wet weather gear, warm & some light clothing, gum boots, light shoes for inside. insect repellent, a hat or cap as the sand flies will find parting or bold spot. Plus sunscreen.

We will ring prior to the charter season & ask for the approx amount of beer that your group may consume!! As we take this in on the boat, as it’s too heavy to fly in by helicopter. By all means bring your choice of wine & something for that hot toddy.

For those who dive please provide a diving certificate.

The following is a list of contact numbers that you may find useful. To contact Takapu Charters click here.

For those who intend to stay at the Waiau Hotel Tuatapere, we suggest you BOOK EARLY because of the Hump Ridge Track in the area. Phone  Quinton on (03) 226 6409. .
If at any time you need to make an emergency call then use the following numbers:-

In case of an emergency first contact Jo-Anne on +64 27 249 6584

Then Bluff Fisherman’s Radio. Mary (03) 212 7281. There is no cell phone coverage on the boat.

Southern Lakes Helicopters (03) 249 7167 After receiving the manifest please make sure you have filled out & emailed back.


Departure & return by helicopter will be from the Waiau Hotel Tuatapere. This also applies to those who are driving. Approx time for departure is around (7.30am – 8.00am) weather permitting.

Your group will travel in two lots, (6 approx) will fly directly to the boat & the remainder & gear will travel up lake Hauroko with Val McKay (Lake Hauroko Tours) to the head of the lake (45min ride) & then picked up by helicopter & taken to the boat. You may draw straws to see who goes where?

Johan & Joyce (03) 225 5677

Will pick every one up from the pub.