The Boat

The MV Southern Secret

Southern Secret History.

The Southern Secret was built near Picton and was launched in 2004. It was then put to work in the Bay of Islands as a charter vessel. The Southern Secret was purchased by Fiordland Cruises in 2007 and sailed south to Bluff where it undertook extensive upgrades to become the comfortable vessel it is today.

Safe Ship Management.

In New Zealand, commercial vessels are required to operate under the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS) to ensure that the vessel is operating safely and within its limits to help protect the crew, vessel and the environment. This ensures that the operators have an ongoing responsibility to plan, improve and learn to avoid Maritime Disasters.

Biennial Survey.

The Southern Secret undertakes a Maritime survey every two years to make sure everything is ship shape. The vessel will travel from Doubtful Sound to Bluff along the rugged south-west coast to be surveyed. While in Bluff, we also take the opportunity for maintenance and upgrades.

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Top Deck floor plan of the MV Southern Secret showing seating and viewing areas.
Top Deck

Viewing Platform

The flybridge deck is the perfect viewing area offering 360-degree views of the sound.

Middle Deck

Dining Area & Kitchen

On the mid-deck there is a comprehensive registered kitchen (galley) and dining and living area, with the Launch Masters station to the front of this. The coffee and refreshments station is located in the dining area and available for guests use at any time. There is a guest refrigerator and freezer available for refreshments.

Outside viewing is available from the decks at the bow and stern of the vessel and you are able to walk around the outside of the cabin to access these areas safely.

Southern Secret Middle deck floor plan showing kitchen, dining and living areas.
Lower deck floor plan of the MV Southern Secret showing the layout of its five cabins and ensuites.
Bottom Deck

Sleeping Quarters

Introducing our spacious private cabins. Features of our roomy cabins include small windows that open to the outside, reading lights, linens and towels, soap and the convenience of a private shower and toilet ensuite. With just 5 Cabins onboard, space is limited so be sure to book early.

Below decks forward there are 3 passenger cabins and below decks aft there are 2 passenger cabins and staff quarters. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom including toilet and shower. Linen and towels are provided, we just ask guests to bring an overnight bag with personal belongings and warm clothing.