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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 3 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound in spite of cold rain and wind. The bus and boat trips to reach the Sound were enjoyable: Our bus driver on route and on the return entertained us with running commentary, very amusing. We saw many...More

Thank simcha
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did the day cruise of Doubtful Sound and were really disappointed. Half the boat was one tour bus of a group traveling together. Unfortunately this group overtook the ship with their selfie sticks and unrelenting selfie/photo taking. The entire outside area was chaos and...More

1  Thank Derekthedog
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are a disappointed to see that the trip did not live up to expectations for you. We definitely don't try to fill the boats with tour buses and as one of the only...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the most awe-inspiring experience of our 2 week South Island holiday. We decided to splurge on the 'Real Journeys' Doubtful Sounds Overnight Cruise on the 'Fiordland Navigator' on the advice of some friends and were extremely glad that we did. Talk about 'getting...More

1  Thank Graeme J
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Graeme, thanks for the 5 star review! We are delighted to read how highly you rate this experience. We would absolutely love to have you back again in the future! Kind regards, the Real Journeys team.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise on the "Navigator" and it was spectacular. Of course, lots depends on the weather. The first day the clouds were low and the fjord was a rather monochromatic combination of grays and greens. To be frank, it was...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I also did the Milford Sound cruise, and I enjoyed Milford much more than Doubtful. Being smaller, I found the views on Milford more dramatic. There was also more wildlife in Milford (but I might just have been unlucky on that day on Doubtful Sound)....More

Thank Eduardo K
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Eduardo, thanks for the review. We are pleased to see you took to enjoying both of these amazing experiences during your time in the region. Both locations offer very different experiences and you always hear people saying one is better than the other. Doubtful...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first fjord experience and Real Journeys made it worthwhile. Getting to Doubtful Sound can be quite a hassle but RJ made sure that everything was well organised. The guides (lake boat guide, bus / nature guide and cruise guides) have in-depth knowledge...More

Thank bestbloke
Reviewed October 13, 2017

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

1  Thank James M
Reviewed October 12, 2017

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 October 15, 2017

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 October 10, 2017 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 October 8, 2017 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

2  Thank OzGobo
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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.