We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“An incrediable experience WOW!!!!!!!”
Review of Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound
Book In Advance
More Info
$197.06*
and up
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
More Info
$182.19*
and up
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau or Manapouri
More Info
$658.10*
and up
Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown
Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Attraction details
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 3, 2011

Fabulous from the moment we were collected by Mandy for the transfer to lake Manapouri, 50 min boat trip and then a coach to board Tutoko 2 ( a lovely small boat ) for an overnight trip on Doubtful Sound. Champagne to start and regular snacks throughout the day. Highlights included fishing in the Tasman sea - we caught a shark!! sea kayaking, Dolphins surfing the bow wave, Richard, the skipper diving for crayfish, which we had for dinner along with blue cod and the shark!! Guitar music which we all sang along to after dinner, the fabulous stars and most of all the quiet & wilderness of Doubtful Sound - a super experience which we will never forget - small is definately much much better!!!!!

3  Thank carryoncycling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (1,671)
There are newer reviews for Doubtful Sound
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1,485 - 1,489 of 1,671 reviews

Reviewed March 16, 2011

Leave the crowds behind! Enjoy the comfort and companionship of a smaller vessel, aboard Tutoko II as you admire the beauty of Doubtful Sound.

We were welcomed on board and treated as "one of the family". Our every need was catered for - the bed was comfy and the meals A M A Z I N G - if only I had the willpower to leave some of those calories on my plate. There were plenty of private areas to head to, to study the scenery, the main cabin was a welcoming meeting place, and the shortbread....... perhaps the best thing to say about that is that the jar was very soon empty! The skipper knew just where to head for the best views and photos, and the dolphins played and danced for the cameras. Even a bit of rain served only to make the scenery more dramatic.

Thank you , Mandy and Richard, for our wonderful experience - when we saw the crowds getting off some of the larger boats, we appreciated even more the peace and companionship of the smaller craft. We have already passed on your brochure to some friends.

Janet and Ron

2  Thank gnilloc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed February 5, 2011

We did the overnight cruise on the doubtful sound from Queenstown and would highly recommend this.

We got picked up from Queenstown in a coach with a glass roof, (which encourages sunburnt heads and a warm coach when the sun is out!), the journey involved a half hour stop at some remote cafe. There was a lot of good information given from the coach driver on the way to Manapouri.

Next step was an hour boat trip before being picked up by another coach, (with a weird eccentric coach driver), to the fiordland navigator for our doubtful sound cruise.

Our cabin was comfortable, the food and staff were excellent and the trip was enjoyable, we also saw fur seals and had a fantastic display from the wild dolphins during our cruise.

Although this didn't take from the trip it did rain the whole time and was foggy, this apparently is not uncommon but no one told us this prior to going so just be aware when you pack.

The only negative points would be:

1) A family with 4 young children, I wouldn't recommend this overnight cruise for young children, they just ran around the boat and disturbed the peace throughout the trip. No fault of the children but if they do come on a trip like this they should be controlled and the enjoyment of the other guests who have paid a lot of money to come respected.

2) The return journey - there was a lot of hanging around waiting for coaches, this could have been organised a lot better. Also the coach driver refused to drop the last few people off to their hotels and stopped at the Real Journeys office in Queenstown instead.

Our voucher stated we would be dropped off at the hotel and for the price we paid for the trip this should have been honoured.

1  Thank Griff1980
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 28, 2011

We did an overnight trip with Deep Cove Charters in Doubtful Sound.

Doubtful Sound, being far bigger than Milford Sound, really does deserve an overnight trip; it's beautiful, serene and packed with waterfalls. Chris was a great skipper and his son Travis an excellent cook, and it was nice being on a relatively small boat (11 people).

2  Thank nictnic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 15, 2011

We did the overnight boat trip through Real Journeys- this was an incredible experience. For us, the weather was blue skies and sunny- but we heard that the trip during rain is also fantastic (more rain = more waterfalls). The boat will anchor during the afternoon, and guests are given the opportunity to kayak or leisure boat during that time- we chose the kayak option, which was a great time. I'd only say that I wish we had more time in the kayak.
During the journey in Doubtful Sound, we saw seals, penguins, waterfalls and view upon view of gorgeous water and mountains.
The boat itself was nice. The shared dorm style rooms are tiny, but you won't be spending any more time in there other than sleeping, so it is fine. The food was better than expected for a boat that size- and offered a nice variety of both meat and vegetarian options. The staff were really knoweledgable and very friendly. We stayed in Te Anau the night before, which turned out to be a very nice town.
Go- there will be no regrets.

2  Thank AlwaysMoretoSee1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Doubtful Sound also viewed

Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
 
Manapouri, Southland Region
Te Anau, Fiordland National Park
 

Been to Doubtful Sound? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing