Make it happen...
Seán & Maria
Our lives revolve around the water and a thirst to continually learn, be challenged as well as personally grow and give back to the place and the people we call home. This naturally results in an interesting mix of qualifications and experiences. We hold national as well as STCW offshore Maritime qualifications, allowing us to operate a wide range of vessels on the surface of the water. Beneath the water we indulge in recreational diving as PADI professionals as much as commercial dive work under ADAS.
We simply love what we do and the people we get to share memories with.
Our extensive history navigating around Fiordland as well as Fouveaux Strait has allowed us to gain a wealth of knowledge about the southern and northern Fiords as well as our wild coast. As we venture through these remote places the safety of the vessel and all persons on board is our priority. Which is why we are working within a team where we all have the same ethos and a sound understanding of our surroundings. So thanks to our awareness, qualifications and training we'll make sure you'll experience your trip of a lifetime.. fishing, diving, kayaking, photography, history, hunting, scenery, geology and enjoying good times that leave great memories.
Running a charter vessel in paradise, being able to give back to the place we call home and sharing it with beautiful people is a privilege for us.
proud founders and operators of Pure Salt NZ
I love Fiordland and all it has to offer. I've spent a number of years working in the area within hospitality, marketing, conservation, tourism as well as running my own business. Te Anau has been home for over 20 years now and look forward to helping you organise your Fiordland adventure. You might talk to me in your emails, on facebook, by phone or meet me in person as you get onto your helicopter on the way to your adventure.
I simply love Fiordland and working in an environment where you never know what is going to happen for the day. I'm a trained chef; born and bred in Christchurch with a love for travel but there is nothing like coming home... and there are no words for being able to cook what you want and work with such fresh ingredients all the time whilst getting to know the people you create meals for. Asides from compulsive baking you'll also find me running the tender and machinery, diving and free-diving as well as taking you for walks through the National Park.. I already look forward to meeting you.
Born in Southland a passion for the outdoors is without question. So naturally hunting, diving and fishing has always been part of my life. Being able to do that at 'work', showing kiwis their backyard and being part of the adventure is what gets me buzzing. Onboard you'll find me as deckhand and aspiring chef whilst my mechanical past life also keeps me busy on the maintenance front. I can't wait to share this paradise with you.
16 years ago I moved to Te Anau for a summer job and now I couldn't think of living anywhere else. I love the variety Fiordland has to offer right on our doorstep, and it's been the perfect place to bring up a family. I'm more comfortable at my desk than on the water, so you're likely to chat with me over the phone or email, or see me at the hanger.
I look forward to helping you plan your next adventure!
I love learning and figuring out how things work. Spending time in Fiordland is a dream come true and I never get tired of observing the changes of light on the hills. I look forward to meeting you on board, having a chat and watching as you fall in love with this place too.
As an introduced species to New Zealand and endemic to the Andes range, I have developed surrounded by mountains, both here and all around the world. I have just migrated to Wanaka and been lucky enough to have found Pure Salt, whom have captured me and offered an incredible part-time home in the land of the fiords. I’m a life lover who is always “game” to make any time a good time, you will see me running all over the Flightless while hitting myself against every door, roof and table, but I will always have time for you, no matter what. Also, I happen to be a good cook, and will try to prove that in the days we’ll share
"If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody."
Anthony Bourdain (Chef)
I have fallen in love with Fiordland and everything about Pure Salt Charters, It is exciting to work in a truly breathtaking environment. Born and raised at Muriwai Beach, I am a wild surfer girl at heart. I am a self-taught chef and simply love creating delicious food and working with fresh ingredients. I have lived and worked overseas throughout Europe and the UK as a Nanny, and traveling has been a big part of my journey so far, which led me to my other half. More recently I have been working in the Auckland superyachting scene where I worked as a chef/stewardess. Working sustainably with a smorgasbord of fresh seafood is truly a pleasure, whilst spending time with awesome people and getting to know all the guests on board. I love baking treats! so watch out for those. I also have a keen interest in the conservation of New Zealand and am slowly whittling away a qualification in spatial mapping to apply to future conservation here. I enjoy swimming and snorkelling and hiking and may join you on some of these adventures.
Joining Pure Salt's very first Tamatea Adventure (as a paying client) back in 2018, Rusty hasn't missed another one since and racked up countless volunteer hours! As a integral part of the Pure Salt family, he has really travelled and shaped our conservation journey. He now heads up Pure Salt's conservation team that has secured 'Jobs for Nature' funding to work and innovate towards elimination of stoats from islands in the Tamatea Dusky Sound complex and protect them from re-invasion.
He's most at home in the hills, but makes a pretty handy 'decky' onboard Flightless.
So if you run into him, make sure you thank him for his passion and efforts in the pursuit of a much less 'pesty' Tamatea/Dusky Sound
Nothing makes me truly happier than the combination of adventure and nature, so I can't believe my luck being able to work in remote Fiordland.
I'm a trained chef with many years of experience in high end kitchens in both NZ and overseas. The freshness and quality of the seafood that we get to work with on board Flightless is second to none and I can't wait to share my creations with you. I'm also embracing the variety of skills that come with working on a boat with a small team. Oh, and you'll find me giggling at most things and happy to jump into the water at any opportunity.
I've worked on boats since I was 15-years-old. I am also a very keen recreational fisher and hunter so Fiordland is naturally home. For more than a decade I've crewed and subsequently skippered the DOC vessel GV Southern Winds. During this time I was involved in marine research and monitoring programmes conducted throughout the FMA. I was an original 'Guardian of Fiordland', contributing to the development of the Fiordland Marine Conservation Strategy. I'm still a guardian and when I'm not commercial fishing I have the pleasure to skipper Flightless and share my knowledge and stories with you.
I'm was raised in Kuaotunu, Coromandel. Excitable and adventurous, chef by trade, I love a good laugh, an epic mission and of course an amazing meal. Although I am always on the hunt for the next big adventure I do believe life is all about the small moments, a strong cup of coffee in the morning, a good boogie with your mates or sharing a meal with your family. I've cooked in crazy places all over the world and I can't wait to share my passion with you!
Find out about saltie opportunities...
On the lower deck is the engine room, storage lockers and of course accommodation. Our consent allows for 12 passengers but she actually sleeps a lot more. There is one quad bunk room with bathroom attached, and 4 double/twin cabins, each with their own ensuite. So there are plenty of beds and configurations to choose from or play paper, scissors rock over.
On the main deck you’ll have the galley and saloon. The huge covered back deck has lots of space, shelter from the elements and even heating. There are also solid macrocarpa tables and seating; our hiab and a large dive platform with ladder for easy access to the water.
The top deck holds the wheel house and separate seating area as well as another viewing deck and of course the hot tub to warm up after long snorkelling, hunting and kayaking missions .. or simply to better enjoy your wines.
Loads of space and toys
Kayaks, 4m RIB tender, paddle boards, fishing rods and tackle, bean bags, dive compressors, dive cylinders, weights and weight belts, BCDs, gloves, masks, snorkels, booties, SCUBA fins, dive knives and torches, float lines and floats, 7mm two piece wetsuits, yoga mats are on board for you to use
Large amount of extra safety equipment due to international survey
She is 26m in length and holds an international survey. This means she is not only perfect for Fiordland but also good to go anywhere in the world.. we're proud to call her HOME.
...do as much or as little as you'd like whilst exploring Fiordland in comfort...