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Doubtful Sound Cruise

Lake Manapouri, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand
0800 434 673
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Manapouri
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I am 26 and went with 2 friends of my age. We were probably 15-20 years younger than the average, but we had a WONDERFUL time! And made some great friends from around the world. The cruise takes you to Doubtful Sound, which is otherwise impossible to access and not many travellers go there. The food was superb, and the... More

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DeWitt, New York
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85 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This boat ride was wonderful, with excellent narration from which I learned a lot. In addition to the beautiful fjords, we saw a lot of seals, and some dolphins put on a show for us. We took this boat ride as part of a tour out of Queenstown that also included a boat ride on Manapouri Lake and a visit... More

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Wiscasset, Maine, USA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The two new catamaran vessels, and the excellent informative staff made this the highlight of our New Zealand trip. From the lunch box full of treats, to the cruise - bus - cruise - bus - power station visit- bus -cruise, the entire day was one spectacular vista after another, punctuated with eco-information and wildlife encounters. I do not remember... More

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Sevenoaks
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We went with Real Journeys on an overnight cruise. It was magical and like nowhere else we have been. The crew were delightful and informative. Carol and Captain Ray were able to give running commentaries on the fjordland and steer the boat at the same time! The trip off the vessel in a tender was fascinating, despite the sand flies!Very... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We took the Southern Secret, the smaller boat that goes on overnight trips on Doubtful Sound. It's an amazing experience. I only rated it 4 stars not because of the boat or the staff, but because 70% of the time it's raining there. We only saw a bit of sun while we were there, it rained a bit and was... More

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Houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We had a wonderful overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound which was the highlight of our 4-week trip around New Zealand. There are several companies operating similar cruises, and the one we chose was aboard the Southern Secret, a trip run by Fiordland Cruises. This is a small ship that carries 12 passengers max and a crew of 2, which we... More

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Durham, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We did an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys on the Fjordland Navigator. It is pretty difficult to put down in words how beautiful the scenery is so I won't try. We saw dolphins, penguins, fur seals and magnificent sunsets and sunrises. The boat was great, very clean with excellent facilities - kayaking is included in the trip... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I renamed this overnight trip the Magical Mystery Tour! It just seemed to roll seamlessly from one glorious experience into the next - dolphins dipped and dived as we headed out into the Sounds and at every step of the way something magical seemed to happen. The mountains, the silence, the stillness, the waterfalls, the marine life - the sheer... More

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northern California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The absolute highlight of our trip. If you go to Doubtful Sound - do it right! Book with Diane and sail away with Chris and Tracy. I did a lot of research before we booked this cruise and knew I didn't want to go with 70 other people on the Real Journey's trip. Chris on the "Sea Finn" along with... More

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Perth
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Thank you Freya and John for an absolutely amazing experience. From pick up to drop off your hospitality, knowledge and attention to detail was just wonderful. The small number of passengers on board this wonderful boat enables the staff to give you a truly amazing experience. We had the opportunity to see incredible scenery, kayak, see craypots pulled (and eat... More

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