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Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau
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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
Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the high point and if you like spiritual heart of our recent trip to NZ. We were lucky with the weather - in fact I got a little burnt. The views were breathtaking. The water was calm, and we got to kayak. We...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We joined the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise on the 10-11/10 at the spur of the moment having not had it added to our month long itinerary. We cannot speak highly enough of this cruise, excellent and brilliant! I can't fault Real Journeys and their professionalism,...More

1  Thank bmgrx
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Kia Ora and thanks for the five star review. We are absolutely delighted to read your comments and see that the whole experience was exceptional from start to finish. I will definitely make sure you comments are passed on to Carol and the team -...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am full of praise for this journey of a lifetime I shared with 32 like minded New Zealanders. A very special part of NZ historically and conservation wise and added to that is the sheer beauty. The staff treated us royally. Food delicious. Talks...More

Thank travelee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. This experience is not for everyone. It requires some patience as you will travel on one vessel across a body of water before boarding a bus over a mountain pass, ultimately boarding the overnight vessel and back again...More

1  Thank OzGobo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In August 2016 we did the 6 night discovery expedition with Real Journeys to Preservation Inlet. The trip began with a helicopter trip over the snow covered southern alps - amazing scenery! Captain Cook spent 5 weeks in the Preservation Inlet area so there is...More

Thank Wendy A
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We paarked at Manapouri and caught cruise from there. Spectacular and lots of food. We ordered the pre lunch - not necessary as we got a toasted sandwich from the cafe before boarding then we were given heary soup soon after boarding our Doubtful Sound...More

1  Thank David A
Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

I recently did the 6 night discovery expedition from doubtful sound to preservation inlet and it was spectacular. The crew, the scenery and the food were all 100% amazing. Thank you Real Journeys 👏

Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora and thank you for this amazing review! We are absolutely thrilled to see that this Discovery Expedition was the 'highlight of your life'. Kind Regards, the team at Real Journeys.

Reviewed August 9, 2017

Real Journeys 7 day Preservation Inlet Discovery Expedition exceeded our expectations, the crew were outstanding their enthusiasm and knowledge was exceptional. It was interesting to learn the history associated with the area and experience the mystical landscape whilst studying the Flora and Fauna. Highly recommended...More

Thank Glen B
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

Can't rate this highly enough if there was an option to give six I would. Just come back from a magical seven day cruise from preservation inlet to doubtful sound. The ship and the crew are unbelievable add to your bucket list and go

Thank Lucinda J
Reviewed July 9, 2017

This was a bucket list holiday ever since we heard about it 10 years ago. Realjourneys 7 day Preservation Inlet Discovery Expedition from Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet, exploring Dusky, Chalky and Breaksea Sounds. Shore excursions to view nature at its best, stunning landscapes and...More

1  Thank rsghill
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

Hi there and thanks for the amazing review for our Presevation Inlet Discovery Expedition. We are absolutely thrilled you managed to get to do this bucket list item! The trip is absolutely spectacular and are delighted you thought the same. Astronomers Point is truly breathtaking...More

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August 19, 2017|
Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
Real Journeys can best answer the return schedule question. (We arrived back to the dock in Te Anau at noon.) The ship is small, casual and friendly. I think the costumes would be fine with the crew and supported by fellow... More
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.