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Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
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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. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.
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“wilmot pass” (80 reviews)
“doubtful sound” (397 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
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"fiordland navigator"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took couple of tours with them and all were good. Very helpful and friendly staff. Customer service was well beyond expectations. Only suggestion I will offer is to have better variety of food for the overnight voyages and have enough quantities.

Thank AIWIW
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The whole experience was so well organised and focused on us all having the very best of experiences. We thought the price to be somewhat expensive for our budget but we have absolutely no regrets. We certainly had our money's worth. The detour to see...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

A really memorable overnight journey in Doubtful Sound. Excellent service. Wonderful cuisine. Very informative. Great experiences. Slightly spoiled by talkative neighbours- had to knock on the wall to get them to keep quiet.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Travelled with a grandma wife and young teens. 4 of us took the 4 berth cabin in the bilges and grandma got a single room next to the bridge. Totally different accommodation experiences. Grandma got a ensuite toilet 2 wide single beds, 2 windows ,...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Such an incredible trip! There is no way to describe being out in the sound and enjoying the untouched beauty that is this place. Real Journeys staff members were wonderful on board and made the whole experience even more enjoyable. The food was delicious and...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely superb day out. Outstanding kiwi hospitality and would highly recommend this trip over Milford any day of the week.

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

When we got back to our home country after a month, packed with so many new exciting experiences, I realised that the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise was the peak of our journey. Being there, in the middle of the sound, was a lifetime experience in...More

2  Thank MorHalimi
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

We booked the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys as a family of 8 - ages ranging from 83 to 5. It's expensive so we braved 2 quad share rooms - Mr Despot and I shared with Mrs Despot's parents. It was surprisingly...More

Thank MrandMrsDespot
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Kia Ora and thanks for this amazing review. We are delighted to see how much your family of 8 loved this experience. Such a wonderful way for you all to spend some quality time together! We agree that it's worth the effort to get there...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Our review of this wonderful cruise is greatly affected by the level of customer-service, which, with some exceptions (the chef and naturalist) was only fair to poor. The crew was late meeting our bus (even the driver expressed his dismay) and indifferent to us after...More

Thank Ann Z
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Kia Ora Ann and thanks for taking the time to post this review. We are extremely disappointed to read your comments and how this experience did not live up to expectations on this occasion. I can assure you we take all feedback very seriously and...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

Its a true experience to feel "the sound of silence". it bought me a lot of energy and peace. my partner and I all really enjoy the 'silence time' on the cruise . We felt the power from the nature. Definitely recommend, it will involves...More

Thank Duidui Z
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Jude2361
9 January 2018|
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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
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Kinuck
17 December 2017|
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Response from OzGobo | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in a room, but both were supplied.
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Kelly Q
20 August 2017|
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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
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