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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

  • Relax aboard a 3-hour catamaran cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the rain forest and waterways of Fiordland National Park
  • Experience the South Island’s uncrowded wilderness and native wildlife
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri
From USD 174.73
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8.00am DepartureMost Popular
Travel with us to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness.
From USD 181.75
10.30am Departure
In Doubtful Sound, you will board our spacious, purpose built catamaran Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord.
From USD 216.84
9.45am Departure
Embark on a 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, starting from Te Anau or Manapouri. You’ll travel by coach to Manapouri Lake for a short boat ride, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass.
From USD 174.73
Experience the remote beauty of the Doubtful Sound on a full-day tour from Manapouri. Boat across Lake Manapouri, drive over Wilmot Pass, then transfer to a catamaran for your 3-hour cruise on the sound. Look for New Zealand wildlife like bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and penguins, and learn from your guide about this pristine wilderness in a less-visited part of Fiordland National Park.
What to Expect

Start your tour with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a drive over the Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive road to build. Make stops along the way to experience the dense rain forest of Fiordland National Park and view Doubtful Sound from above. 

Upon arrival at the water, board your spacious catamaran for the 3-hour Doubtful Sound cruise. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the landmarks and wildlife that you might see, including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Depending on the conditions, you might even journey as far as the Tasman Sea.

Choose from several morning departures for your tour to Doubtful Sound, a gorgeous destination that rivals popular Milford Sound for natural beauty, yet remains less crowded. Non-slip shoes, warm fleece or sweater, waterproof jacket, sun protection, and insect repellent are recommended.

Your tour ends with return to Manapouri.

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Reviews (17)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Top thing we did in New Zealand

We were on holiday for 31 days and this was the best 2 days of the trip. The crew running the trip are the best integrated team that I have seen. Top service as a result with really good food served on the side. As...More

Thank BryanF901
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
What a beautiful day

This tour is well organized, the boats and busses are new and comfortable and the guides are great. We crossed a calm Lake Manapouri in the morning with a few clouds decorating the hill sides. The bus transfer from the power station to Doubtful is...More

Thank SteenS29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were in invercargal planning to go to Milford sound and some locals persuaded us to go to doubtful sound instead its just as beautiful but doesn’t have all the tourists like Milford and you get on the boat at manapuri then a bus and...More

Thank james_anderson64
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile
Stunning place

The 2 part cruise with a small coach ride in between was informative and fun. The scenery is breathtaking and the crew of both the boats and coach provide information throughout the tour but not to excess. Absolutely worth doing - free tea and coffee...More

1  Thank CarolHall525
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Kia Ora Carol, Thanks for the 5 star review. We are delighted you experienced this trip with us. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip very soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Unique opportunity to see remote location

This is a great opportunity to see the magnificent Doubtful Sound, which is otherwise difficult to access. The tour gave us a glimpse of this beautiful wilderness, with virtually no other competing boat traffic in sight. And the tour was flawlessly run, on a comfortable...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 970rober
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for an incredible review. Doubtful Sound is pretty spectacular and we are happy to have you experience it with us. We hope you can come visit again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys..

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