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Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau
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Cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. Then explore Doubtful Sound on a three-hour cruise with our nature guide on board the modern catamaran the Patea Explorer. Wildlife sightings are likely to include dolphins, seals and penguins. Discover the 'sound of silence', rugged peaks and explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. Manapouri Underground Power Station visit included (on selected departures). Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We were lucky with the sunny weather for the Doubtful Sound trip, though we saw very few waterfalls as it had been dry. The scenery is unbelievable, and it was very nice that the boat turned off its engines for a few minutes, so that...More

Thank JanSNJ
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We loved this trip so much that I’ve recommended it to family, friends and workmates. Those people have told me it was the highlight of their NZ holiday. Tomorrow my son and his wife, on their honeymoon, will take this trip. We were raised in...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Contrary to most experiences, preferable if it rains on the day of the Doubtful Sound visit — that way the waterfalls, hundreds of them, are in full force. Also the seals... All in all, a beautiful day and experience, 100% “boat bound”, so don’t expect...More

Thank rglanville2017
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was great, most amazing landscape, like no other. Thank goodness we look after these places. Awe inspiring. Only thoughts to the Real Journey people is incorporating more Maori History into the journey. As a Kiwi onboard with many Europeans, it would be great to...More

Thank alljimmie
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Overnight Trip on the Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys and it was one of the highlights of our New Zealand Trip. Real Journeys handles all the transportation from Manapouri to the Doubtful Sound. This includes approx. 30 minute boat ride to...More

Thank Mari P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys. The day involved a bus ride, boat ride across Lake Manapouri (an absolutely beautiful trip unto itself), transfer to another bus ride and then the 3 hour cruise of Doubtful Sound. Real Journeys runs a smooth, organized operation....More

Thank Steven L
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Steven and thanks for the amazing review. We are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your trip to Doubtful Sound with us. We've had so much wildlife this summer and delighted you managed to see dolphins on top of everything else. Hopefully...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must say the staff works so hard to present a great job and serve you professionally. And what you receive is called an excellent customer service. Comfortable and clean boats and busses, amazingly friendly staff and astonishing places. Although some places are overcrowded and...More

Thank Annamária V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The week long cruise with Real Journeys called Preservation Inlet Discovery Expedition was the very best of small tour cruising. The crew go above and beyond what you would expect to ensure everyone has a fantastic time. The meals were excellent, the side tours from...More

Thank JAA13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on Real Journey’s Overnight Doubtful Sound trip, and in summary, this is one trip you shouldn’t miss. It’s hard where to start - but three things stood out: Close up to nature The cruise gets you close up to all the wonders of...More

Thank DadaGee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a lovely cruise. We were really lucky with the weather and had clear blue skies all day, making Doubtful look even more beautiful. Luckier still, we were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins which came very close to the boat...More

Thank Adam P
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9 January 2018|
Response from Kinuck |
Price starts at $465 per person from Q'town. Have a look at their website for exact prices - and book asap. There is only one single cabin or a double left for that date
17 December 2017|
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Response from OzGobo | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in a room, but both were supplied.
Kelly Q
20 August 2017|
Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
Real Journeys can best answer the return schedule question. (We arrived back to the dock in Te Anau at noon.) The ship is small, casual and friendly. I think the costumes would be fine with the crew and supported by fellow... More