Aihe - Norwegian Whalers' Base Cruise & Walk
The historic Norwegian Whalers’ Base was established in the 1920’s, and used for overwintering parties to prepare for expeditions in the summer months to the Ross Sea of Antarctica. Stewart Islanders and Norwegians worked at the base until the early 1930's, at which time, whaling was abandoned. Today, this tranquil place with its relics and foundations of buildings, surrounded by rapidly regenerating forest is an interesting place to visit, especially for the beauty of the location. Situated at Kidney Fern in Prices Inlet, a picturesque part of Paterson Inlet. The enjoyable, short walk from Millars Beach jetty to the site of the Norwegian Whalers' Base, passes through regenerating forest of native trees, wth ferns and mosses. The cruise explores other areas including Kaipipi Bay and Faith, Hope & Charity Islands.
Map of Where Cruise Operates
Our cruise operates in the area shown below. We follow the northern shore of Paterson Inlet from Golden Bay Wharf to Millars Beach and into Kidney Fern, Kaipipi Bay and Faith, Hope & Charity Islands.