A few of our client emails

Wellington Party March 22

Best family holiday ever! Walked the Dusky Track from Lake Hauroko to Supper Cove and we were picked up by the Pembroke. We had it all! Sunshine, storm, rain - all fabulous. Fishing, diving, swimming and walking on Anchor Island. The seafood was amazing, Jacqui is the best cook and Craig is the best skipper. We had a ball, we can confirm Craig is unbeatable at Poker! 


Gorton Party February 2022

Amazing trip exploring the Fiordland, great experience and even greater hosts. A very special place in this world; ‘Land that time forgot’. I love the conservation work you are attempting “Admirable!” 

We will be back

Stevens Party October 21

If a trip could be the opposite of ‘a trip from hell’, for me this would be it . I’ve begun and reached the climax of my crayfish diving career in Earshell, caught two cod with the same piece of bait in Pickersgill, cooked a perfect pot of rice, drunk scotch while fileting cod along the Acheron and seen my apprentice usurp me on the chessboard. Whether it's raining , blowing or shining…..in Cod we trust!! 

Brierley Party September 2021

How To describe the past six days in your capable hands and care..from the historic accounts and time ashore to stand in the footsteps of some incredible adventurers and explorers; to the many hours cruising some of the 365 (or 600) Islands of Tamatea/Dusky: the expansive itinerary based around the weather to ensure we saw both Saddlebacks and sun; kiwi footprints; a full spectrum of forest, flora and fauna; Fiordland moodiness; waterfalls (even for the whiskey); and plenty of waterplay along the way. Blue Cod, Terakihi, Jock Stewart, Crayfish, Sevengill Sharks, Moki and Copper Moki - We saw it all. 


Your ‘nose to tail’ philosophy and sustainable fishing ethos is commendable. We have all come away with a lots to put into practice. And then the food! What can we say except….Exceptional! We have all come away with a few more kilos to shed. 


We are in awe of this special place. Thank you both Katherine and Mitchfor being such generous hosts and letting us share it with you. 

We will be back…..”Good as Gold


The 4 by 2’s  

Morris Party June 2021

We all loved our trip on the Pembroke and have talked of nothing else ever since. Thank you for making it such a wonderful and memorable experience.  I learnt so much - you and Craig educated us, while entertaining us at the same time. Your cooking was fabulous and I’m trying to make the fish soup tonight starting with the stock. Not that many fish heads around though! I’ve also done more reading as it’s interesting now I can picture the islands.


Godbert Party March 2021

Thank you and Mitch and Paul for a wonderful holiday and adventure in Fiordland on the beautiful Pembroke. Mitch went to every effort to enable us to do as much as we possibly could fit into the time we had and we really really appreciated that. The whole party from Terry aged 10 to Dad aged 87 were able to participate and had a great time. Our favorite things were the helicopter rides, swimming with curious seals, clear water, black coral rimming the abyss of the Acheron Passage, the incredible classic fiordland scenery, plentiful seafood, sea level stern platform!! Paul was good fun and made the very most of the sea food we caught. 


Geoff and Sandra Seton November 2020

As we now have time to sit and reflect, Geoff and I want to say a huge thank you for the most wonderful experience and time we had on the Pembroke. The trip was amazing with the most spectacular scenery and everything the Fiordland area has.  Everything from the history to the food was awesome and we just loved the whole experience- a million thanks

Men of Mainston March 2020

We were incredibly impressed with our trip with Katherine and Paul. They both worked tirelessly to make sure we all had a great time. We loved everything about the trip including the fishing, diving and the food. Both Katherine and Paul were very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. Thank you so much for your amazing hospitality. Cheers, Angus (and the Men of Mainston)

Quinton Beatty March 2020

I was on the last chater in fiordland 4 to 11th march Mark was our skipper and Jacqui was the cook , all the boys had an awsome trip , when we left i thought we were all landing in queenstown but the crew got dropped in Te Anau , i never got a chance to thank them for the awesome service and trip they provided us , it would be much appreciated if you could pass on a massive thankyou to them from me , it was awsome to have such a capable and knowledgeable skipper for the trip , and will def be recommending them in the future 


Karen Wilson April 2019

Hi Derek, 

We have finally arrived home after a great adventure. I was really impressed with Amber and Paul as our crew and Skipper. Amber was a great cook and very friendly. We were very impressed with her C.V she puts us city girls to shame. Paul was a very able skipper and we have some great diving and fishing. He also took us on some exploration adventures in the tender which we really appreciated as not all of us dive and had a good knowledge and history of the area. They both joined in with the team and we had some good laughs. Everything ran smoothly and I guess that the weather also makes a huge difference. Such a beautiful area of NZ, we would love to come back.



Graeme Shaw Feb 2018

Hey Big fella … on behalf of `da boys, I can`t thank you enough for hosting us … on Pembroke (great office) … in Fiordland (great address).

We were all still fizzing on Wednesday night and the stories will live on longer than the alcohol marinated memories.

Amber is a legend … it`s a travesty she didn`t get the lead in The Hunger Games.  The food (actually … everything) exceeded expectation.

The only one`s luckier than us with the weather were those 2 deer who were more likely to fall over through prolonged posing … than lead poisoning. 


Mitch Feb 2018

Thank you once again for your hospitality over the past week! Certainly a trip to remember with memories that will last a life time. Please also pass on a huge thank you to Amber who was an amazing host. Already looking forward to the reunion!


Nick Kellaway Jan 2018

Derek, that was certainly the best holiday I’ve ever had and the most fun I’ve had in a long time. 

To you and amber, thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness in looking after us.

Was an absolute ripper of a week and it won’t be long before I return I can assure you.

Thanks to you and Amber again.

Blair Geldard March 2018

Just wanted to thank you and the team for a brilliant few days in paradise, the trip was made even more special through the efforts of Paul and Amber, they made our trip relaxed, informative and were great people to share a boat with over the few days, you have a great team there.

It was hard to drag our feet into work on Wednesday, but look forward to the phone call when the Furuno finally throws its towel into the ring and collapses!


Blair Geldard

Director Advance Trident

Sara Shepherd April 2017

Hi Derek
Just to say a huge thanks from the Shepherd family.  We all had such an amazing time on board.  It was so lovely being able to take our 3 boys with us and they had the best experience they could have hoped for and such a bonus for Fraser shooting the stag.  He flew back with the head and antlers in his check in bag!
Lovely company with Danny and Lizzie, beautiful food and superb weather.  We really couldn’t have asked for more.
Thank you for being such a generous and thoughtful host - you really gave us an outstanding experience.
I do hope we cross paths again.
Sara, Peter, Fraser, Callum and Sam

John Bonifant March 2017

Hi Derek

You really have it nailed with the two Pete’s!

What a fantastic few days … absolutely breathtaking in all respects.

We had fairly high expectations but what we received all around far exceeded our wildest dreams.

Many thanks and kindest regards,

Great to meet you and Anna.


Mike Davis Charter - April 2016

I have been on more than a dozen dive charters in Fiordland over nearly two decades with a variety of vessels and skippers. These are always magical trips, how could they not be in such a fabulous part of the world. Of all of them, I have always loved being on the MV Pembroke the most, knowing it through several owners & skippers. Of these, Derek is unquestionably the best - it is a pleasure to be in his company and his skills as a boatman and knowledge of Fiordland lend one complete confidence that every trip will be a memorable and happy experience (whatever the weather!). Mike Davis - Christchurch"

Quentin Bennett - Napier April 2016
Thank you both for a marvellous week aboard Pembroke. I have been around diving long enough to appreciate a really well run boat and the great effort that that entails.
Anna's great effort to constantly come up with such amazing food so distant from any shops is also outstanding.I think that everyone on the trip really enjoyed it and they were certainly great and stimulating company.

Karen from Australia  January 2016
Just a quick note to say what a huge success our Pembroke adventure was. Sadly it was not longer but we packed a huge amount in to our short time aboard and Pete and
Vicky worked above and beyond to make it a truly wonderful and unforgettable
experience for us all. The snorkeling, the fishing, the crayfish, the dolphins, the diving, the kayaking, the spear fishing and the food all were magnificent helped of course by some particularly benign fiordland weather. We loved every minute and the helicopter rides were the cherry on top! Thanks so much, Karen

Hamish & Robyn– Southern Paprika  December 2015
Thanks for a fantastic trip last week , it was a real experience and very much enjoyed
by us all . You made us all feel very welcome and showed us some great spots within
the limitations of the weather. Sam’s efforts with the food were way beyond expectation .
Thanks Guys Regards.

Pam & Grant Stevens April 2015
............and just want to say that we are very grateful that it was so well organized at such short notice. Pete was outstanding as a host and skipper and we throughly enjoyed
his company. We consider that we really lucked out with Sam the chef.
As a bunch of keen foodies and vegetarians on board it could have been a difficult
challenge . However Sam worked tirelessly using the locally caught seafood to produce superb meals.  

Peter & Jenny Tait - Charter March 2014
Just a short of thanks for making our time in Fiordland a great experience. We thought your whole operation was run extremely well.
The boat was ideal, the mix of activities was great, the food superb and of course the diving excelled our expectations. It was also great for us to see how other operators in the industry work. We know the other 3 couples thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.
It has been hard to settle back into work, but we are hopeful that we will be able to make another trip down your way within the year.
Keep up the good work.

Murray Mulcahy Trip - Charter March 2014
Wanted to send you guys a note thanking you for the great 5 days we had with you in Dusky Sound. We all appreciated your efforts and knowledge and enjoyed your company making the Dusky trip one to remember.
There is still unfinished business with the deer in Dusky so will be in touch in the future to resolve this.
Best regards, Thanks again

Mark Millar & Judy Carr - Charter May 2013

I would like to convey thanks for our recent Fiordland charter. I'm sure that everyone was impressed with the thoroughly professional way in which big and little Pete ran the operation. Their calm self assured manner and humour made the trip a delight despite the weather.
The drama at the end just reinforced our trust in their capability. Great environment, great food , great fun.
Cheers, Mark Miller and Judy Carr 


Murray Pearson charter - April 2013

Arrived back home on Thursday after a great four weeks down south. The highlight for me was certainly the Dusky Sound adventure. 

We were all very excited about going to this remote part of New Zealand. I know that all the guys agreed it was more than fantastic, a very special place and we felt very privileged to be able to experience it. The trip had many highlights which we will be talking about for a long time but one thing is for sure, every aspect was enhanced by the way we were looked after by Pete and Anna. They both worked extremely hard to ensure we made the most of every single moment. Great food, incredible local knowledge, and great fun.  If we decide to have another boys own adventure, it will be very hard to find one that can beat the week on the Pembroke with Pete and Anna.

Thanks heaps from Andrew, John, Neil, Nigel, Paul, Phil, Stephen, and Murray


Clive Geddes Queenstown & Canterbury - Charter March 2012
Good afternoon Derek and Anna,
On behalf of us all thanks very much for making our trip much more than a "charter". We all enjoyed your company, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm
for Dusky Sound and Anna your cooking was exceptional
After five days in the most special place in NZ its been a bit of a jolt coming back to traffic noise, e mails, phones and the trappings of so called "civilization" ..
Robert is putting together the best of his photo's and we will send those to you .
Best regards


TJ & Don McConchie Canterbury- Charter Feb 2012
......We had a truly wonderful time with you. For me, the scenery and the people you go with influence the experience so much and it was right up there. You guys have got the x-factor in customer service, but in a laid back way, so when we recommend the trip we will be telling people to book when you are on, although I am sure your other crew is great as well

Mike Verkuylen Whangarei- Charter Feb 2012.
We were all amazed by the scenery, fishing, diving, hunting etc.........Derek fantastic time had by all. Thank you. Pete the skipper was great, he communicated the options and asked what we wanted to do and was great company. Pete the chef (we started calling him Petit to avoid any confusion with the bigger Pete) looked after us very well,......................we ate superbly. The helicopter flights were incredible. A most memorable trip.
Pass on our thanks to all concerned.


Tony Southall Wellington - Charter April 2011
Everyone just raved about our trip and we all can't thank you enough for the fantastic time we all enjoyed on Pembroke. The food produced by Anna was amazing and Derek, you were the perfect skipper/ host. All in all 10 out of 10. Thankyou for providing us with such an unforgettable experience.. We will be back!
We wish you all the very best
Kind Regards


Prudence Charter Feb
"Derek, I just want to thank you and Danny once again for helping us have such an unforgettable trip. The scenery was like nothing we have ever imagined. Kayaking among a pod of dolphins, diving for cray and scallops, fishing off a Kayak with seals 20 feet away on a rock...these are images that will last a lifetime. The camaraderie both you and Danny offered simply accented the trip even more. The food, drink, and company was magnificent and the quality of the meals was totally unexpected. I will forever be hooked on blue cod.
All the best and tell Danny we all said thanks"
Rich Gliganic
Vice President
GPLogistics Inc.
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Nick Frame Charter March
Hi Derek,
Thanks to the crew of the 'MV Pembroke' (Pete and Sonya) for a sensational trip.
Diving in Dusky Sound has been a life long ambition for a few of the guys.
We all had a fantastic couple of days collecting crays, scallops and catching the odd blue cod.
See you again soon!
Nick Frame
Release NZ