5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

This Doubtful Sound overnight cruise takes you over Manapouri Lake to this South Island gem in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Board the ‘Fiordland Navigator,’ a traditional three-mast sailing scow, and cruise past soaring granite peaks in New Zealand’s second-largest fiord. Learn from an onboard nature guide about wildlife such as fur seals, penguins and bottlenose dolphins. Then spend the night in a comfortable cabin, including a 3-course buffet dinner and breakfast. Join the cruise in Manapouri or include coach transfers from Te Anau or Queenstown.


  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise from Manapouri
  • Cruise the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri
  • Travel the alpine route over Wilmot Pass for exceptional views of the Fiordland
  • Explore the pristine waters of Doubtful Sound
  • See a vast array of wildlife, including dolphins and penguins in their natural habitat
  • Choose to join the cruise in Manapouri or connect by luxury coach from Queenstown or Te Anau

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What You Can Expect

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Start your Doubtful Sound overnight cruise from Manapouri, or board a luxury coach for a convenient round-trip transfer from Te Anau or Queenstown. Your South Island adventure begins with a short trip across island-strewn Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus ride over Wilmot Pass for sensational views of the Fiordland. You’ll then descend to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound to meet the crew and board the Fiordland Navigator.

This purpose-built sailing scow, designed with the charm of a traditional sailing vessel combined with modern comforts, includes spacious viewing decks, an observation lounge, a dining saloon and fully licensed bar.

Cruise the entire length of Doubtful Sound — three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound, and the second largest of the 14 fiords in World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park. With deep inlets and ancient rainforests that cling to soaring granite peaks, Doubtful Sound offers one of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes.

Your captain navigates the pristine waterway while a specialist nature guide on board explains the vast array of flora and fauna. Search the waters for bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland penguins in their natural habitats.

The crew drops anchor in a sheltered cove in the late afternoon, allowing you to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender craft (small boat) with a nature guide.

Dig into a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the onboard chef, and relax in the dining saloon before retiring to your cozy cabin (accommodations are single, twin, triple or quad-share).

In the morning, following a cooked or continental breakfast, cruise a little further before returning to Manapouri, where you may be transferred back to Te Anau or Queenstown.


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The whole trip from leaving Queenstown was fabulous. The scenery absolutely breathtaking, the weather perfect, the boat comfortable, the food great, the staff helpful and knowledgeable. I would certainly recommend the trip to anyone interested in taking advantage of the wonderful opportunity of exploring a hidden gem of the West Coast.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic voyage. The best excursion we have ever been on. The crew was friendly and efficient. We couldn't have expected more.
Larry and Eva Durey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved our Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Just getting to the cruise boat is an adventure--Lake Manapouri boat ride and then an overland bus ride to get to the cruise boat. We especially liked having a naturalist on the boat explaining what we were seeing. The morning of the cruise, he had all us passengers sit up front with him and asked that we could be silent to hear the sounds of nature. It was magical!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Doubtful Sound is a very special place and was one of the highlights of our month long tour of New Zealand. The ship is well run, the staff very approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was abundant and very good. We highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a highlight of our trip and I'm so glad that my husband and I did Doubtful Sound over Milford Sound. Although it took longer to get there from Queenstown, Doubtful Sound was more isolated but just as breathtaking and beautiful. With its glassy rivers that reflected off the landscapes, our first day there, we got to experience Doubtful Sound with bright blue skies, kayaking in open waters. The second day, everyone was up early to see the sun rise and see Doubtful Sound in a more natural view with gray cloudy skies, but just as magical. The crew were all friendly and helpful and the captain and our nature guide were very knowledgeable about the landscapes and Doubtful Sound which was great to hear and experience. We saw seals and a few penguins but no dolphins on our trip, but did get to experience a seal feeding in the waters and even the captain had to stop the boat completely and took pictures of the experience. Accommodations were good and as expected and the food was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A magical experience. Wonderfully friendly and helpful crew. Awe-inspiring landscapes. Learned a lot about the history, animals, and geography from the educational guide and also the captain. Delicious and plentiful food. Very comfortable sleeping quarters. Kayaking on the open water was a wonderful experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very relaxing trip, cabin was comfortable to sleep at night with engine off. Beautiful and nice view at every turn.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

A fantastic time, facilities were awesome, staff were wonderful, and despite the rain a blessing if you like because we had some wonderful waterfalls the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. New Zealand is a fantastic country this is a must do trip!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely fantastic, weather was perfect, staff were friendly, boat was by well equipped, food was great, good wines and plenty of Dolphins to watch. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Thank you!

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