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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown provided by Real Journeys

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 13/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Government regulations strictly adhered to. Covid Tracing App QR Code displayed- for those not using the app there is a paper sign-in sheet.
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Updated 13/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Tucked away in UNESCO-listed Fiordland, the remote reaches of Doubtful Sound offer travelers a serene alternative to the more popular Milford. Relax on this journey that includes a boat trip across Lake Manapouri, a vehicle crossing over Wilmot Pass, and a catamaran cruise through the stunning fiord. Getting there is made simple with pickup from Queenstown hotels.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    37 Camp Street
    37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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  • Pass by
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
  • 1
    Doubtful Sound
    Stop: 3 hours
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    Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
    Queenstown
  • 2
    Manapouri
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 3
    Te Anau
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    37 Camp Street
    37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Be struck by the silence of Doubtful Sound
  • Cruise the remote fiord among soaring peaks
  • Dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, and penguins are common
  • Includes Queenstown transport by coach plus Lake Manapouri ferry
Important Information
Departure Point
37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
12h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket and warm clothing
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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T R wrote a review Mar. 2020
Asheville, North Carolina67 contributions13 helpful votes
We selected the day cruise on Doubtful Sound and it offered a lot. Starts with 45 lake cruise, then 45 min bus to the Sound (really it’s a fjord). The lake is the source of water for a huge hydroelectric plant with water discharging into the Sound. The bus trip uses the 20km
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 19 Apr. 2020
Kia Ora. Thank you for your 5 star review - it certainly sounds like the story and scenery of the area made an impression on you. As you say, the views are spectacular and it's great you were able to see some of the native wildlife as well during your cruise. We hope you have the opportunity to come back and visit Fiordland again at some stage in the future. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Surreysunlovers wrote a review Mar. 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom42 contributions9 helpful votes
We enjoyed the scenery, but due to Milford Sound being closed because of storm damage, you got the feeling that people were being transferred on to this tour. The tour was not the experience we were expecting.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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John K wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to this natural wonder filled with beautiful sights. Our bus driver, Brian, was extremely knowledgeable about the fjord, forest, sights and development of the power project. Disappointing that we did not get to see any dolphins or seals but we did
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 12 Mar. 2020
Kia Ora and thank you for your 5 star review. Although luck wasn't on your side in terms of dolphins and seals, it's great to hear you did see some of our precious wildlife during your visit. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday around our region. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Debbie S wrote a review Mar. 2020
Malmö, Sweden6 contributions
We really enjoyed the whole journey to Doubtful sound from Queenstown. We were picked up by taxi at our hotel. The bus trip to Manapouri was great, we had Brian as our driver, he gave a very interesting and enthusiastic commentary. Then on a ferry to the power station, then a
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 8 Mar. 2020
Kia Ora. Doubtful Sound is an amazing place to visit no matter the weather so it's great to hear you enjoyed the views on a cloudy day and we hope the rest of your visit to Fiordland was just as memorable. Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Corvus49 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Tynemouth, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
A spectacular journey by coach, boat, coach and boat ( in that order) and then return. Superb organisation of the event from the early morning taxi pick-up at the hotel right through to the end. Brian, our driver, was friendly, helpful, informative and amusing; drivers and
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 8 Mar. 2020
Kia Ora. Thank you for your 5 star review of your Doubtful Sound experience. It's great to hear you were well looked after by our team. Your positive comments are appreciated and have been passed on to Brian. We hope you have the chance to experience other parts of the region with us during your holiday. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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jorgmummyrox
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Very good family fun!
What a near experience the ship is classy and such a treat. The farm tour with the very good looking farmer is very
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Julie C
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Way above our expectations
The trip on the beautiful TSS Earnslaw was great , topped off by an absolutely superb lunch. An incredible variety
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DiveHQWellington
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The Earnslaw Cruise & BBQ - definitely worth it!
Really enjoyed the whole experience, being able to watch the crew and the engine was surprisingly interesting and t
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chrisandbarbara2019
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A “bucket-list” Experience
Have been meaning to do this trip for many years. Eclipses Milford Sound for sights and the incredible journey from
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SherylT193
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Outstanding
Can't rate this trip highly enough. Doubtful Sound is quite different from Milford, in that it lacks the dramatic s
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AlistairW197
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Great 4 hour trip with a meal
This is a well run 4 hour trip out from Queenstown Bay on a historic steam ship, the Earnslaw. The ship layout prov
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MilamberNZ
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Great boat trip but disappointing lunch
We took the long weekend off and went down to Queenstown and was recommended the TSS Earnshaw and so booked. The bo
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TwinkD
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Amazing overnight trip!!
My husband and I recently did the overnight cruise and was one of the highlights of the trip and would do it again
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jacci6
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They must be one of the best!
We booked an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys. Easy to book. Staff 100% in every way. Value fo
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Fifamily
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Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise a bucket list must do
This is the most amazing trip I have ever done in my lifetime. The beautiful Mariner and lovely cabin, super friend
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wendyd135
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STUNNING EXPEREINCE NOT TO BE MISSED
INCREDIBLE! This has to be one of the best expereinces I have had in my travel. I was travelling solo and decided t
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O7740AIfionac
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Holiday highlight
This trip was an absolute highlight of our holiday. The scenery was stunning, the staff friendly and knowledgeable
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Jacqui T
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An iconic Queenstown experience
Just do it. I did the dinner cruise a while ago so went with the 90 minute cruise to Walter Peak station and back.
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FyingKiwi
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Memorable
The bus driver who acted as tour guide for overland section of the trip stated at the end of the day that his wish
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Luvinspoonful
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Old fashioned hospitality + gourmet bbq = a grand ole time!
Grand experience for all ages and stages. Check out the engines, watch them in action, sip a wine on board! Walter
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