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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
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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.
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.
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.
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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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1 - 5 of 9 reviews

Reviewed 23 April 2018
The fact we didn't get to do the cruise because of a road washout opened other opportunities we thoroughly enjoyed.

We were very impressed with the way Real Journeys handled everything about the cancellation of the tour due to circumstances beyond human control. We were well informed and decided it was worthwhile staying for an extra two days in the hope the road was cleared...More

1  Thank Marion R
Reviewed 26 March 2018
Lovely even in the rain.

We left from Manapouri on a cruise/bus ride at 8 am and arrived back 7 hours later. The day trip was from Manapouri over the Wilmott Pass and into another boat and over Doubtful Sound to near its entrance. We weren't able to go as...More

2  Thank Alys847
Reviewed 20 March 2018
Doubtful Sound Cruise

Such a stunning place to be. You can't take a bad picture here because everywhere you look it's so beautiful. The coach and cruises were great and when we went the weather was clear and sunny. It was still a bit cold and windy as...More

3  Thank RylieDahlberg
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile
Nature at its best

My husband and I decided to take the Doubtful Sound cruise, rather than Milford Sound, as we had heard it wasn't as crowded, and that was correct. We were very lucky with the weather- although cold, it was a beautiful sunny day. Positives: Well organized...More

5  Thank instyle11
Reviewed 3 March 2018
Magical and beautiful, even on a grey, rainy day. Top notch tour.

Took the 10:30 am day tour, about 7 1/2 hours. We arrived at 10. Though there is food to purchase on board, they encouraged us to buy a prepared picnic lunch or something from cafe on site. We got a sandwich and chips were very...More

6  Thank Kathryn B
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