Our Background

What We Are About


Tourism Award nominee.An eco-tourism business based in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. Lance and Ruth own and operate the 20 metre motor-sailing yacht Breakya Woman. Our live aboard cruises, which have an emphasis on nature, conservation and research, cover all of Fiordland, Stewart Island and Subantartic Islands.

Phil and Rhonda, both active conservationists with maritime qualifications, offer you a true natural history, eco-tourism experience. Recognised as one of the leading eco-tourism businesses in New Zealand, our emphasis is on environmental protection, education and research funded though tourism.

Phil, your skipper, has over the last 27 years worked with the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Jacques Cousteau, David Bellamy, National Geographic, Natural History film units and scientists from all over the world. When Phil has time off Stan will be your skipper. Stan owned his own vessel when he was a commercial fishing here in Fiordland, and was fishing for just on 30 years. He was a founding member of The Guardians of Fiordland Fisheries and Marine Environment and is on the board of the Fiordland Lobster Company. With this background he has a vast knowledge of Fiordland.

Seal at Milford SoundBoth Lance and Ruth have extensive experience working with people of all ages having been employed in the tourism industry prior to forming their own business 15 years ago. All activities non-extractive, therefore we employ a NO FISHING policy.

Included activities are: penguin watching, tramping, photography, snorkeling, diving, marine mammal watching, bird watching, research, visiting historical sites and forest walks.
Fiordland Ecology Holidays have a Marine Mammal Watching permit which allows you to swim with seals if the opportunity arises. We also hold a Dept of Conservation Concession which permits us to take guided walks ashore in the National Park. Breakya Woman has all the required marine certificates and is fully surveyed.

Enquires are welcomed from disabled or elderly, and special diets are catered for. Breakya Woman is the only charter yacht based in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland. You have the opportunity to (a) Join a scheduled cruise, (b) Charter the Breakya Woman for your own use with Phil as your skipper, or (c) Join one of our research trips and have the opportunity to work alongside scientists.
We carry a maximum of 12 passengers plus crew, schedule trips are restricted to 10 passengers plus crew..
Wet suits and snorkel gear is available for your use on board. For divers, tanks, weight belts and weights are on board. Special conditions apply to divers. We have a no fishing policy and all diving is non extractive.

Our crew are trained in accident and emergency procedures and we carry extensive safety equipment. Breaksea Girl is fully fitted out
with refrigerators, freezers, compressor and auxiliary power. Lance and Ruth would like to share with you the Fiordland that they love.

Our Code Of Ethics:

Galley Lowest possible impact on the environment.
Guaranteed personal attention .
To support research through tourism .
Treat all life forms with love and respect .
Research projects we have helped fund through tourism include, weevils, skinks, dolphins, seals, marine research, whales, albatross, predator eradication, re-forestation, restoration of historical sites, tourism impacts and work with New Zealand native birds

We have scheduled cruises throughout the whole year. Our southern ocean sailing can include these areas: The World Heritage Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, George Sound, Doubtful Sound, Breaksea and Dusky Sounds, and Preservation Inlet. We also sail to Stewart Island, the Snares islands and the Auckland and Campbell Islands in the sub Antarctic ocean.