T e s t i m o n i a l s

Read what our clients have to say about us.
(Sorry, no room for everyones comments)

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"
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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!
Check out the video we put together. Click here
Nick Frame
Release NZ

Mike Davis Charter - December
"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"

Hamish Carswell - Gore
I have been very fortunate to have been on board 4 M.V. Pembroke charters over the past 3 years. Derek & Greg are superb hosts that share an in depth knowledge of the Fiordland environment, it’s rich history and ecology. Our charter groups have always had a number of scuba divers and hunters on board, and all have thoroughly enjoyed their trips. Derek’s experience as a dive master and Greg’s knowledge of every nook and cranny in Fiordland both reassure and certainly enhance trips into this fantastic environment. The Pembroke’s on board chef has treated us with many culinary delights, often with local delicacies providing an exceptional dining experience. I can thoroughly recommend Fiordland Charters to anyone wishing to experience the magic of Fiordland.
Hamish Carswell - hamish.grevillia@xtra.co.nz

Cam Reed - Queenstown - Charter March
If you are looking for the mecca of fishing, diving, hunting and relaxing in one of the most beautiful parts of the world…..then you can’t beat a few days on the MV Pembroke. Dusky Sound has got to be seen to be believed…..whatever the weather!!! Throw in the hospitality shown by Derek and his crew and you will struggle to find a better trip away.
Click here and you'll see what I mean!!
Cheers mate - cameron.reed@raywhite.com

Tim Wilkinson - Canterbury
"We keep going back, Derek and Greg offer us a customized diving, fishing and hunting experience aboard Pembroke. Personally to experience the underwater world of Fiordland is simply stunning, dining on the underwater food that fills the catch bag often can be surpassed by the sheer beauty of what lies trapped beneath the fresh water layer.
Having a skipper laid back as Derek makes our trip enjoyable, telling a yarn or two over an orange juice! to the mouth watering culinary delights. From the infamous stag roars late at night to the groans of a slightly sore head in the morning, its all great stuff.
Thanks to the team at Fiordland Charters we will be back."