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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruises - Real Journeys

Real Journeys Visitor Centre | Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. Then explore Doubtful Sound on a three-hour cruise with our nature guide on board the modern catamaran the Patea Explorer. Wildlife sightings are likely to include dolphins, seals and penguins. Discover the 'sound of silence', rugged peaks and explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. Manapouri Underground Power Station visit included (on selected departures). Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Real Journeys Visitor Centre | Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are in the area this is a "must do". It doesn't matter what the weather is like - the scenery is out of this world. Free hot drinks are provided on board and there is an excellent commentary. It is quite a long...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the overnight cruise. Everything was handled brilliantly. Great start with our coach driver, Carl, who was full of interesting knowledge - & stories. Our kids were captivated. He also gave us some quiet time too. The cruise was very relaxing and again the...More

Thank Mandy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome day out with Real Journeys. Beautiful views, dolphins, penguins and an albatross completed the experience. Well worth the time and money spent, providing an intimate peaceful time in a beautiful isolated part of NZ.

Thank leoo5o8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Taking this cruise is the only way to experience the beauty of Doubtful Sound, a pristine fiord that happens to be named A Sound, thanks to Capt. Cook. The ship is stable and comfortable and the commentary is interesting. The main downside is beauty fatigue...More

Thank hortisandra60
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruises – Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora and thanks for taking the time to post your feedback. We are sorry to read that Doubtful Sound's scenery did not manage to live up to your expectations, we truly think it's one of the most amazing destinations in the world. It is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I did the overnight cruise with Real Journeys. We had amazing weather so our experience was incredible. We debated about doing Doubtful Sound vs. Milfred Sound, we're so happy we chose Doubtful! We felt like we were the only boat in the...More

Thank jgrudis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Should you happen to be in New Zealand, don't miss Real Journeys overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound. The picturesque Navagator is the perfect ship to sail out to the Tasman Sea through stunning fiords. The staff is super friendly and informative, working non stop to...More

1  Thank Karin L
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

What a magical night aboard the Navigator. Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise throughout the imposing Fiordlands—and also the company you get to know during the 24-hour period. On a clear night, be sure to check out the night sky. But clouds are your friends, too…an overcast...More

Thank Bana J
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruises – Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Bana J, thanks so much for the review. We completely agree that Doubtful Sound is amazing, whatever the weather!

Reviewed May 18, 2017

This was an unforgettable day out in a fairy tail like environment. We were extremely lucky it was a very bright and sunny day, so we could enjoy the often breathtaking views even more than during the usual rainy days in this area. It is...More

Thank Hans L
Reviewed May 16, 2017

We start the day at Queenstown with a pick up at 6:55am, this was the start of our journey to Doubtful sound. A 2 hour coach journey to Manapouri with an excellent coach driver who gave us some useful and interesting information, I also found...More

Thank victoriafifi
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruises – Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora and thanks for the review. We are delighted to read how much you enjoyed your trip to Doubtful Sound. We hope you can visit again in future...this time on our Overnight Cruise! Regards, the Real Journeys team.

Reviewed May 12, 2017

Real Journeys arranged to pick me up at my hostel. I was traveling solo and was probably the only person under 40 on the trip. Still, I'm glad I went because the coach ride to Lake Manapouri was beautiful. Once at Lake Manapouri, we were...More

Thank David J
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Is it possible to take a small manual wheelchair on board for the day trip in Doubtful Sound please?
May 31, 2016|
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Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
I think so but ask Real Journeys. They'd have people with wheelchairs often, & they're helpful people.
Joe M
Do you have shuttle service to the airport?
April 1, 2015|
Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
Unfortunately Real Journeys does NOT offer shuttle services to airports. However we do operate coach tours, cruises, scenic flights and activities in Queenstown, Fiordland and Stewart Island. As you don’t specify which... More