Such an awesome experience! It was a long day but flawlessly orchestrated. We were picked up by a van at our hotel and transported to a central meeting place where we boarded a very comfortable tour bus and met our driver/guide Dan. Dan was a wealth of knowledge on the drive to Lake Manapouri, and throughout the day. The 1.5 - 2 hour drive passed quickly listening to his humorous stories and comments and watching the beautiful countryside pass by. Once we arrived at Lake Manapouri we boarded a very nice boat that took us to the other side of the lake. This took about an hour. Coffee and tea was provided on the boat. Once on the other side we boarded another bus for a short distance then walked across a pedestrian bridge where the road had washed out and boarded another bus. This bus ride was about an hour, but we were now in a beautiful rainforest setting with several waterfalls along the way. We stopped for picture opportunities in route to Deep Cove, including an endangered kaka bird. Soon we made it to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound and boarded the boat that would take us out into the sound and close to the Tasman Sea. The scenery was so spectacular, even on a misty overcast day. We would go back in a heart beat. The beauty and tranquility cannot be beat. It is simply amazing. It is so remote and untouched. A must see!
We didn't get to go on the Doubtful Sound as the road was washed out that day due to heavy rains. We were able to get rescheduled the following day for Milford Sound and it was a wonderful journey! Viator does a great job making sure you have adequate stops and breaks. The drivers are great and it was a fabulous day!
P Ho Hong Kong
Enjoyed the true wilderness. Good orientation and transportation. Very friendly service.
Well organised, well worth seeing, good coaches, good vessels, cheerfully witty drivers. Nothing to complain about, everything to praise
A great day. From the moment we boarded the coach to our return to Frankton. The driver was a great guide and Eve who did the second bus trip was equally informative. Because the sun shone the whole day was amazing. Cannot find fault with any aspect of the trip.
Wow - long day but really worth it - this tour was the best. Including the bouncing trip into the Tasman and Manapouri power station. Highly recommended.
Very informative. Lots to see, especially when we found dolphins, penguins, and seals in the Sound. The 2-hour bus trip from Queenstown was also a good way to learn more about the area -- our driver for this part of the tour, Tracey, was very knowledgeable and answered any and all questions we had regarding the flora, fauna, and general lie of the land. The only thing the organisers couldn't fix was the weather, but it has rained for at least part of the trip every time I have ventured down to the south-west coast.
Really enjoyed trip although rather a long day. We had beautiful weather so don't know if it would be a different experience if the weather was bad.
Had a really great day even though it rained, this was good as creates so mnay beuatiful waterfalls, did not seem much wildlife but great all the same
Great boats, great scenery, great crews, great fun. So glad we did this one instead of Milford.
we had an outstanding visit to the doubtful sounds.we were looked after from start to finish and thank every one for the care and attention..how ever booking on line cost a little extra due to money being put through the USA and the exchange rate . were not told THIS
very professional outfit. Wonderful tour in to a unique wild and unspoilt scenery. Would d oagain if given the chance
It was a really awesome trip! Even the bustrips and the boattrip over Lake Manapouri were amazing, but Doubtful Sound was just fantastic! We saw penguins, fur seals and even bottlenose dolphins!!
Excellently organised trip, with highly knowledgeable guides, in a beautiful setting. A long day given a c.12hr round trip, but well worth it for the experience of Doubtful Sound.
An excellent well organised trip to Doubtful Sound. We would certainly recommend to friends visiting NZ.
What an amazing and beautiful trip this was! At first it was really cold and cloudy, but once we got to Doubtful the sun came out and we got to see beautiful dramatic landscape with lush green forests, some seals and even really cool bottlenose dolphins! Our Captain was a great commentator and really funny too. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone traveling to Queenstown or in the south island!! It's a must!
Excellent excursion, the was typical to the quality and service we found through New Zealand. Customer service is very import, being on time, clean and politeness at all times. Shame we cannot adopt in the UK
It was an absolutely beautiful experience. The area is just an outstanding example of the natural beauty. We had a misty typical fjord day which I think enhanced the wonder. It certainly multiplied the number of waterfalls that could be seen. Lake Manapouri is a tantalising entree with the coach trip to Deep Cove a welcome short change before the main course of the Sound itself. The return trip was equally beautiful with an interesting side trip to the Power Station. We arrived back at Manapouri sated by the beauty of the area: and I should add totally depleted camera batteries (including the spare). We had coached down from Queenstown and that scenery is just an appetizer for such a great day. The trip back was great too. Some years ago I had been to Milford Sound and really enjoyed it. If I was asked which trip to choose, I would pump for Doubtful Sound.
It was great and my wife and friends loved every minute of it. Would tell any body to do this trip when in NZ.
The trip from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound was wonderful, with drivers who provided thoughtful commentaries on the amazing landscapes and fellow passengers who shared his enthusiasm. Don't be put off by the length of this day trip, which included a surprising bus ride deep into the Manapouri power station and the unforgettable cruise of Doubtful Sound aboard a very comfortable ship.
Elizabeth E United Kingdom
The tour was well organised, the scenery was fantastic and the cruise was delightful and informative. We all enjoyed it very much.