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

Roger B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

One of many highlights during four weeks in New Zealand. Wonderful views, excellent food, comfortable cabin and amazingly enthusiastic, friendly and hardworking crew.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved this tour! It was as advertised, amazing views and a truly unique experience. The waterfalls are not to be believed. The onboard food is fabulous and generous and all of the crew were wonderful. This was a highlight of our stay in New Zealand!

Mike D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous trip crew excellent great knowledge of the area friendly and helpful., Food brilliant If you do nothing else you must experience Doubtful Sound!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Doubtful Sound is beautiful and we'd highly recommend this overnight cruise,which takes about 24 hours in total. The staff on the boat very helpful and nature talks and information provided in an entertaining and knowledgeable way. The buffet dinner is delicious - especially the desserts which my partner loved! The tour departs around midday and arrives back around the same time the next day - so you really feel like you're getting some value for money - as it is quite expensive.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A beautiful trip and the management was most impressive. Always something to do. The biologist was impressive. I loved the kayaking.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This overnight cruise was probably the 1 highlight of our 30-day trip in New Zealand. The ship, the accommodation, the food, and the crew were all top notch. And scenery and wildlife that we saw was exceptional. If I ever make it back to New Zealand I will do this trip again.

William J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

WOW! An absolutely fantastic experience which exceeded our expectations. The crew were enthusiastic and welcoming and the food excellent. We feel it represented good value for money. Dolphins, seals, albatross and penguins. Swimming and kayaking. Wonderful views, particularly at sunset and sunrise. A must do based on our experience.

Richard B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A fantastic tour. Very informative nature guide, great breakfast, dinner and snacks. Had a wonderful time, spectacular scenery and recommend this tour

Mrs MB O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Brilliant. Crew were very helpful and knowledgeable and we had excellent weather which put the icing on the cake.

Emma F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great trip - highly recommend. Stunning location, great service, great food and excellent tour information. An expensive trip but ultimately worth it. Be prepared for a lot of travel before and after the actual cruise as you are heading into wilderness but that said, it and #39;s all part of the experience!

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