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“Brilliant trip” 5 of 5 stars
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Real Journeys
Real Journeys Visitor Centre | Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9600, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Ranked #12 of 26 Activities in Te Anau
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Owner description: Real Journeys is a New Zealand company that has been provided excursions in southern New Zealand for 60 years. Locally owned and operated business with the goal of introducing visitors to New Zealand's exceptional environment and giving them a new appreciation for nature. Real Journeys offers a wide range of excursions for visitors to Fiordland National Park (Milford Sound & Doubtful Sound), Queenstown, Te Anau and Stewart Island.
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“Brilliant trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We did the whole day trip to Doubtful Sound and would thoroughly recommend it. The trip takes in a sail across Lake Manapouri, then a coach journey over Wilmot Pass. It includes a visit to the hydroelectric scheme deep inside the mountain -like something from a James Bond movie and very interesting. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the lovely catamaran for a three hour cruise Down the sound. Fortunately for us the weather was amazing with clear blue skies so the boat took us right out to the Tasmin sea where we saw seals and albatross. The scenery is just beautiful and at one point the captain turned off the engines and asked everyone to be silent for a couple of minutes and it was a really beautiful experience. The staff are really fantastic - very friendly and knowledgeable and the commentary is really interesting and informative. There is free tea and coffee on board which is a nice touch and the option to book a packed lunch in advance. Our host advised us to get our packed lunch from the Sub shop in Te Anu before we left which was good advice and saved a bit of cash. On reflection, this was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand and I would thoroughly recommend it

Visited March 2013
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Reno, NV, USA
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“Great walk but avoid Wednesday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is an easy-to moderate walk two miles into the Milford Track with a side trip up to Glade Burn and back to the boat dock. Lunch at Glade House is provided - we had soup, sandwich and cookies. That's just about right for a few hours of walking. Our guide was Hanna and she shared her enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.

The highlight of the trip for us was the side trip up to Glade Burn - an icy, completely clear stream that we had all to ourselves (well, all six of us). On the way down the trail, following a dry stream bed, we came across a wood pigeon - not at all what we think of when we say "pigeon"!

On Wednesday, the day we were there, helicopters resupply the three lodges on the trail. The noise detracts from the experience so, if your travel plans allow, try to avoid Wednesday.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Doubtful Sound O/night Cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

A unique experience. Bus from Te Anau, fast Cat across the lake, then a fun bus ride to the boat. Very relaxing cruise, so quiet, so many beautiful views. Great crew, friendly and helpful. Not cheap, but you see and do a lot in that time.
Would like to have had the option of touring the Power Station as well, seeing as how were already there.
Pre-ordering a packed lunch to eat on the ferry was convenient and worthwhile. Don't carry too much luggage, just an overnight bag.

Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good fun trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Took trip from Te Anau, joining coach that started in Queenstown. Amusing commentary fro driver en route, but irritated that we missed The Chasm because we were short of time. Cruise was also good, on a beautifully sunny day

Visited February 2013
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“Nice intro to the Milford Track”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Our guide Richard was very good--knowledgeable, informative, and courteous. The provided lunch at Glade House was tasty and sufficient. We chose this guided hike instead of doing a day hike independently because we didn't have a car (we were taking the bus around the island). We were concerned about transportation and didn't want to have a gap of time waiting for TrackNet to pick us up at Te Anau Downs after the hike. We envisioned standing there battling sandflies (we saw very few if any that day as it turned out). However, if someone has a car, we would recommend doing this day hike on your own, driving to Te Anau Downs and taking the boat across and back for the hike. We felt frustrated hiking with the group which had some very slow people in it. We would've enjoyed hiking at a faster pace and going farther. Of course, you have to time yourself so that you don't miss the boat, but that seems entirely doable. Aside from that, Real Journeys was very professionally run, and very good for what they offer.

Visited January 2013
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