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Doubtful Sound Cruise

Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforests and twisting hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away.

Home to abundant wildlife, you may see Bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. It is New Zealand's 2nd most famous tourism destination and has been recognised as one of the world’s foremost natural landscapes through its inclusion in Te Wâhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Doubtful Sound Cruise

Cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm where you board a coach that will take you over Wilmot Pass.  At Deep Cove board a modern catamaran for a 3 hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord.  An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region's history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English.  At the end of your cruise you retrace your journey back across Lake Manapouri and onto Te Anau / Queenstown if you have booked connecting coach travel.

Travel 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. Doubtful Sound is in Fiordland, located in the same region as the smaller but more famous Milford Sound. It is New Zealand's 2nd most famous tourism destination and has been recognised as one of the world’s foremost natural landscapes through its inclusion in Te Wâhipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
Tour Type: Day Tour
From: Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri to Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: DZQN04

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury coach transport from Queenstown or Te Anau to Manapouri and return
  • You’ll cruise across crystal clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • A highlight is the coach trip through Fiordland’s rainforest and over Wilmot Pass
  • A dedicated nature guide will let you know all about the region's flora and fauna
 

Pricing

Departing from Season Adult Child  
Departing Manapouri 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019 (departs 9.45am) $249 NZD $80 NZD Enquire / Book
01 October 2019 - 30 April 2020 (departs 10.30am) $318 NZD $80 NZD Enquire / Book
01 November 2019 - 30 April 2020 (departs 8.00am) $267 NZD $80 NZD Enquire / Book
01 May 2020 - 31 July 2020 (departs 9.45am) $256 NZD $80 NZD Enquire / Book
Departing Te Anau 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019 (departs 8.45am) $265 NZD $85 NZD Enquire / Book
01 October 2019 - 30 April 2020 (departs 9.30am) $329 NZD $85 NZD Enquire / Book
01 November 2019 - 30 April 2020 (departs 7.00am) $287 NZD $85 NZD Enquire / Book
01 May 2020 - 31 July 2020 (departs 8.45am) $273 NZD $85 NZD Enquire / Book
Departing Queenstown 01 May 2019 - 30 September 2019 (departs 6.55am) $285 NZD $143 NZD Enquire / Book
01 October 2019 - 30 April 2020 (departs 7.30am) $335 NZD $168 NZD Enquire / Book
01 May 2020 - 31 July 2020 (departs 6.55am) $294 NZD $147 NZD Enquire / Book
Lunch options (must be pre-ordered)

Picnic lunch NZ$20 per person or deluxe Picnic lunch NZ$27 per person.

This tour is available ex Manapouri (self drive) or in connection with coach travel departing from Queenstown & Te Anau.

What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing / fleece / sun screen / insect repellent
Average Score: 4.67 (3 ratings)
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The whole experience was so well organised and focused on us all having the very best of experiences. We thought the price to be somewhat expensive for our budget but we have absolutely no regrets. We certainly had our money’s worth.

The detour to see the dolphins, together with the bow of the cruiser nudging the waterfall on our return journey turned an interesting trip into a spectacular one.

Although the company can claim no credit for the marvelous scenery, they can take every credit for the positive attitude of all of the staff, their enthusiasm for sharing this experience with us, and enabling us to get the best out of this experience. The organisation was exceptional

We have passed on our experiences to many other travellers who we have met since.
A cruise through Doubtful Sound is an unforgettable experience. I was blessed with crystal clear views on a glorious sunny day. This may be unusual in one of the earth’s wettest places. It was wonderful.

The crew look after your every need and are friendly and knowledgeable about the area and all the spectacular features you will observe. I thoroughly recommend this tour.
We did a full day trip on the Doubtful Sound last November and were thoroughly impressed by the landscape. We started with a boat tour over lake Manapouri, after which we took a bus over to the Doubtful Sound. There we started on a boat over the sound and went into multiple side sounds. The landscape was breathtaking. There were almost no other boats on the lake which made it even more special.

I will remember the silent moment halfway for a very long time to come!