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Doubtful Sound Cruise -Day Tours

Lake Manapouri, Manapouri 9600, New Zealand
+64 800 434 673
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Real Journeys 3 hour cruise

Did this trip from Te Anau, a long day traveling on mini bus, coach and boat. Made enjoyable by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Andrew Lucinda F
via mobile
One day visit

Took coach from Te Anau then boat then coach over pass to Doubtful Sound so quite an adventure. All... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2017
Paul S
Binfield, United Kingdom
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Lake Manapouri, Manapouri 9600, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Did this trip from Te Anau, a long day traveling on mini bus, coach and boat. Made enjoyable by comfortable and clean transport. Staff were friendly and informative. We had perfect weather and a fairly small group. Managed to see dolphins and seals, maybe a...More

Thank Andrew Lucinda F
Reviewed March 9, 2017 via mobile

Took coach from Te Anau then boat then coach over pass to Doubtful Sound so quite an adventure. All very good including picnic supplied and all timings. We saw grey seals but no dolphins but did sail well out into Tasmin Sea as beautiful day....More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

There are a few choices for a cruise in Doubtful Sound, but we went with Deep Cove Charters. Everything was perfect from our meeting up with Dianne to getting on board with Capt Chris and his son Travis. This is a family run operation and...More

1  Thank Chris D
Reviewed March 2, 2017

We took the 3-hour Doubtful Sound cruise, including transportation from Te Anau. Transportation and logistics were excellent and efficient, as described in the literature. The boat was large, comfortable, and easily accommodated the 80-100 people on the tour. It was an overcast day and the...More

2  Thank ManjidelMondo
Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

We booked through Go Orange and were very pleased with their service. Very organized and nice crew. We have been to Milford sound in the past, and found doubtful to be less crowded and equally impressive. As with both, the weather is unpredictable, but still...More

Thank ChristchurchKevin
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

From the moment we booked to leaving the boat, this was an outstanding cruise. Diane, Chris and Travis make a phenomenal team, working exceptionally hard to make sure your trip runs smoothly and creating an unforgettable experience. The boat really is the best around, care...More

Thank MarkBarber
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Booked through "Go Orange". Very competitively priced with discount for 2nd passenger. You don't need me to tell you that the scenery is fantastic, so I'll talk about the facilities.... we drove to Manapouri where there is free parking on the Quayside or just uphill...More

1  Thank Glyn F
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Real Journeys had the trip organized very well. Alas, it started raining when we boarded the Manapouri boat, and poured until we returned. We saw some gray seals on gray rocks surrounded by gray water, with gray clouds reaching down to the water level. My...More

Thank GermanTraveller_13
Reviewed February 7, 2017

We were so lucky to book our last minute with Deep Cove Charters Overnight and the captain Chris Lemen. The weather was foul but at the same time it made the fiords mysterious. Chris pointed to all beautiful natural things and for all he spotted...More

Thank elly v
Reviewed February 2, 2017

The 1-day trip on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys is first rate. The scenery and relative isolation is as spectacular as it is reported to be. The two boats and bus run by Real Journeys are new and comfortable. There's a 45 minute boat ride...More

1  Thank JGrahamK
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Can anyone advise on: 1. A good value coach tour from Queenstown to one of the Sounds? (Between 2nd and 6th of June 2017) 2. Any advantages/disadvantages between Milford/Doubtful Sound for one day coach tour from Queenstown? (I will have a hire car and wouldn't mind driving myself, but not sure if my 2 passengers' (and my own) nerves will survive the day :-|)
March 20, 2017|
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Response from elly v | Reviewed this property |
I don't know any coach tours, but if you're planning a one day visit from Queenstown, You'll only see the obvious, being in coach for hours. I strongly advise a visit of at least 3 days to explore.
Thinking of taking our two girls (11 & 15) in August. Good idea?
December 11, 2016|
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Response from Novena B | Reviewed this property |
If they can appreciate absolute beauty it would be fantastic. A long day but well worth it.
Hi thinking of doing a trip to doubtful sound at the end of October 2016 and I'm trying to decide between doing the day trip or spending the extra money and doing the overnight trip. Any tips/advice, would be gratefully received!
August 27, 2016|
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Response from Kieron V | Reviewed this property |
I've done this trip twice. Once with the power station viewing and once without. The day trip with just the sounds trip was more than adequate and I couldn't see how much more of an experience one would get with the... More