About Us

Milford Wanderer - Milford Sound

Milford Wanderer - Milford Sound

Our family business was founded in Fiordland in the 1950’s by tourism and conservation pioneers Les and Olive Hutchins

Sixty years later, we offer tourism experiences from Stewart Island to Queenstown; including world renowned cruises through Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves and heritage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Rated Qualmark Enviro Silver across all its products, Real Journeys is widely regarded as a leader in the New Zealand tourism industry.  It has been awarded “Operator of the Year” by the Tourism Export Council (NZ) – more times than any other company.

For us though, the aim is still quite simple – to share the natural heritage and astounding beauty of the region with visitors – just as our founders intended.

Our people. Our places. Southern New Zealand.

Meet some of the Real Journeys team

Meet Miriam, Team Leader - Discovery Expeditions.

When she’s not busy ensuring everything’s running smoothly she’s out and about with her camera or inside creating a memento of each trip.

Meet Royden, Skipper - Discovery Expeditions. 

He has worked with Real Journeys in Fiordland for more than a decade, calling it a ‘plum job’.  Royden says Discovery Expeditions work so well because of the great team effort.  

Meet Chris Larsen, Nature Guide - Discovery Expeditions.

Chris is passionate about Fiordland and has been working with Real Journeys for five years. He's a Nature Guide on the Discovery Expeditions during winter and Milford Sound Overnight and Nature Cruises during summer.