Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise departing Manapouri
Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise departing Manapouri
Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. As you cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, our knowledgeable nature guides will provide commentary ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or to simply relax on board. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by our on-board chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.
Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Finally, you’ll return to Deep Cove, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was.
|Tour Type:||Overnight Cruise|
|From:||Manapouri to Manapouri|
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- Cruise the full length of Doubtful Sound, all the way to the Tasman Sea
- Three course buffet dinner plus a cooked and continental breakfast prepared by our on-board chef
- Plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing
- Choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or small boat included
- Specialist nature guide on board who provides insightful commentary
|20 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 (double / twin cabin)||$749 NZD||$375 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|20 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 (single cabin)||$1,348 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|20 December 2018 - 31 March 2019 (quad share)||$479 NZD||$240 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 18 May 2019 (double / twin cabin)||$485 NZD||$243 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 18 May 2019 (single cabin)||$873 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 18 May 2019 (quad share)||$309 NZD||$155 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 September - 30 September 2019 (double / twin cabin)||$485 NZD||$243 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 September - 30 September 2019 (single cabin)||$873 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 September - 30 September 2019 (quad share)||$309 NZD||$155 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 October - 19 December 2019 (double / twin cabin)||$720 NZD||$360 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 October - 19 December 2019 (single cabin)||$1,296 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 October - 19 December 2019 (quad share)||$462 NZD||$231 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|20 December 2019 - 30 March 2020 (double / twin cabin)||$771 NZD||$386 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|20 December 2019 - 30 March 2020 (single cabin)||$1,388 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|20 December 2019 - 30 March 2020 (quad share)||$493 NZD||$247 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 23 May 2020 (double / twin cabin)||$500 NZD||$250 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 23 May 2020 (single cabin)||$900 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|1 April - 23 May 2020 (quad share)||$318 NZD||$159 NZD||Enquire / Book|
Accommodation: private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or mixed gender quad share bunk-style compartments (limited numbers with shared facilities - not suitable for under 5 year olds).
Children: Child (2 - 14 years) sharing with one adult is charged at child rate.
What to bring:
- Only one carry-on bag is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons. Don't forget the following:
- Non-slip walking shoes/boots
- Waterproof jacket*
- Warm sweater/fleece jacket
- Change of clothes*
- Insect repellent*
- Swimwear (optional)
- Cash for bar and snacks
- Lunch and snacks or pre-order a lunch box for first day
- Small bag only
- * Essential items if you are doing activities. Activities take place even if it is raining
Lunch options: (must be pre-ordered)
Picnic lunch NZ$20 per person or deluxe Picnic lunch NZ$27 per person
Expenses of a personal nature such as lunches, beverages and snacks are not included in the tour cost.
If you look at other reviews, there are common themes – majestic scenery, expert commentary from on-board naturalist, water activities for the brave, attentive staff, plentiful food – these are all endorsed by us.
It is quite an effort to get to Doubtful Sound – we drove to Manapouri (plenty of parking, it is up on the hill behind Real Journeys), catamaran across Lake Manapouri (scenic and interesting), bus over Wilmott Pass (our driver, Alan, was so in love with the place, it made us excited as well), walk over temporary bridge, another bus, and THEN onto Fiordland Navigator.
All this effort is worth it when you get there. A very, very special part of the world.
Real Journeys staff members were wonderful on board and made the whole experience even more enjoyable. The food was delicious and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the rooms were!
I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting truly experience this place!
The entire staff were all friendly and couldn’t have done anything more for us. The cabins in the overnight boat were very clean; quiet and so comfortable with lovely white sheets and fluffy pillows. The meals supplied were delicious with plenty of options. The wine list choices were fantastic.
Our ship’s captain had an open visitor policy and he was very welcoming and friendly (his commentary was awesome with so many points of interest provided). Excellent – thank you.