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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

Highlights
  • Relax aboard a 3-hour catamaran cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the rain forest and waterways of Fiordland National Park
  • Experience the South Island’s uncrowded wilderness and native wildlife
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri
From US$167,98
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  • Overview
  • What to Expect
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8.00am DepartureMost Popular
Travel with us to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness.
US$174,73
10.30am Departure
In Doubtful Sound, you will board our spacious, purpose built catamaran Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord.
US$208,46
9.45am Departure
Embark on a 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, starting from Te Anau or Manapouri. You’ll travel by coach to Manapouri Lake for a short boat ride, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass.
US$167,98
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Overview
Experience the remote beauty of the Doubtful Sound on a full-day tour from Manapouri. Boat across Lake Manapouri, drive over Wilmot Pass, then transfer to a catamaran for your 3-hour cruise on the sound. Look for New Zealand wildlife like bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and penguins, and learn from your guide about this pristine wilderness in a less-visited part of Fiordland National Park.
What to Expect

Start your tour with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a drive over the Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive road to build. Make stops along the way to experience the dense rain forest of Fiordland National Park and view Doubtful Sound from above. 

Upon arrival at the water, board your spacious catamaran for the 3-hour Doubtful Sound cruise. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the landmarks and wildlife that you might see, including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Depending on the conditions, you might even journey as far as the Tasman Sea.

Choose from several morning departures for your tour to Doubtful Sound, a gorgeous destination that rivals popular Milford Sound for natural beauty, yet remains less crowded. Non-slip shoes, warm fleece or sweater, waterproof jacket, sun protection, and insect repellent are recommended.

Your tour ends with return to Manapouri.

Reviews (13)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Stunning place

The 2 part cruise with a small coach ride in between was informative and fun. The scenery is breathtaking and the crew of both the boats and coach provide information throughout the tour but not to excess. Absolutely worth doing - free tea and coffee...More

1  Thank CarolHall525
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Carol, Thanks for the 5 star review. We are delighted you experienced this trip with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip very soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Unique opportunity to see remote location

This is a great opportunity to see the magnificent Doubtful Sound, which is otherwise difficult to access. The tour gave us a glimpse of this beautiful wilderness, with virtually no other competing boat traffic in sight. And the tour was flawlessly run, on a comfortable...More

1  Thank 970rober
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora, Thank you for an incredible review. Doubtful Sound is pretty spectacular and we are happy to have you experience it with us. We hope you can come visit again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys..

Reviewed 23 April 2018
The fact we didn't get to do the cruise because of a road washout opened other opportunities we thoroughly enjoyed.

We were very impressed with the way Real Journeys handled everything about the cancellation of the tour due to circumstances beyond human control. We were well informed and decided it was worthwhile staying for an extra two days in the hope the road was cleared...More

1  Thank Marion R
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Lovely even in the rain.

We left from Manapouri on a cruise/bus ride at 8 am and arrived back 7 hours later. The day trip was from Manapouri over the Wilmott Pass and into another boat and over Doubtful Sound to near its entrance. We weren't able to go as...More

2  Thank Alys847
Reviewed 20 March 2018
Doubtful Sound Cruise

Such a stunning place to be. You can't take a bad picture here because everywhere you look it's so beautiful. The coach and cruises were great and when we went the weather was clear and sunny. It was still a bit cold and windy as...More

3  Thank RylieDahlberg
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