Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise departing Queenstown

Get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience - Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable.

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise departing Queenstown

Your getaway starts in Queenstown as you travel in a luxury glass-roofed coach to Manapouri. From there enjoy cruising across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arriving at Deep Cove you’ll be met by our crew and the majestic Fiordland Navigator.

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, back to Manapouri and enjoy coach travel back to Queenstown . 

Tour Type: Overnight Cruise
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Overnight
Tour Code: DDTF03

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Doubtful Sound

Tour Inclusions

  • Luxury coach from Queenstown to Manapouri enjoying informative commentary along the way
  • 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


Season Cabin Adult Child  
1 October - 19 December 2020 Double / Twin share $823 NZD $412 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,466 NZD Enquire / Book
Quad $551 NZD $276 NZD Enquire / Book
20 December 2020 - 31 March 2021 Double / Twin share $874 NZD $437 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,562 NZD Enquire / Book
Quad $582 NZD $291 NZD Enquire / Book
1 April - 22 May 2021 Double / Twin share $577 NZD $289 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,014 NZD Enquire / Book
Quad $391 NZD $196 NZD Enquire / Book
1 September - 30 September 2021 Double / Twin share $577 NZD $289 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,014 NZD Enquire / Book
Quad $391 NZD $196 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 8.30am / 9.00am, returns 3.30pm the following day.

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*
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent*
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Camera
  • 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

Tour Exclusions

Expenses of a personal nature such as lunches, beverages and snacks are not included in the tour cost.

Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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Having read all the reviews I booked an overnight boat trip- three of us in a quad cabin. It was one of the last things we did in NZ, and it was a wonderful way to end our trip.

Well organised, pleasant staff, the best buffet dinner, kayaking, nature talks, sea swimming, waterfalls and rain, and rain and more rain! But this simply gave the fiord an ethereal beauty with swirling mists, rainbows and shafts of sunlight breaking through to create stunning spotlights and shadows.

It was achingly beautiful and we loved the thought that the pristine forests have largely never been explored, which made the experience all the more special. The staff work incredibly hard to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness, cuisine and service. We did appreciate all their efforts and realised that as soon as we left, they only had a few hours before the next guests arrived.

For anyone considering this trip, we advise good waterproof trousers, jackets and shoes and a complete change of clothes for the evening as it is impossible to get everything dry. Highly recommended.
When we got back to our home country after a month, packed with so many new exciting experiences, I realised that the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise was the peak of our journey.

Being there, in the middle of the sound, was a lifetime experience in so many aspects.

From the moment we got on the Real Journey’s bus to Manapouri, we felt the warm and welcoming service. All the stuff members we encountered with were so nice, happy and helpful.

The cruise was terrific. We experienced Fiordland in many ways (Milford Track and sounds, Te-Anau, Manapouri) and Doubtful sound was one of a kind. Silent, calm and beautiful. It so hard to get there, so you’ll be only you there, in the untouched wilderness.

Sleeping there was unique experience too. We had clear skies and we did some stargazing.

If you are thinking on doing this amazing experience, I highly recommend you to book in advance. It will be a sweet memory for life.