4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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Elle
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Wonderful tour, the rain made it even better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

A long day but excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Well organised, well worth seeing, good coaches, good vessels, cheerfully witty drivers. Nothing to complain about, everything to praise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

Good trip but poor service from Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

Great boats, great scenery, great crews, great fun. So glad we did this one instead of Milford.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2012

very professional outfit. Wonderful tour in to a unique wild and unspoilt scenery. Would d oagain if given the chance

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2012

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!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2011

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

An excellent well organised trip to Doubtful Sound. We would certainly recommend to friends visiting NZ.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2011

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2011

It was great and my wife and friends loved every minute of it. Would tell any body to do this trip when in NZ.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2010

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

The tour was well organised, the scenery was fantastic and the cruise was delightful and informative. We all enjoyed it very much.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

The day was beautiful and great scenery and cruise on Doubtful Sound. Unfortunately, the scenery in Doubtful isnt as spectacular as Milford Sound. .,,so I was a bit disappointed after the Milford experience. However, it was still a great tour and worth every penny.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

The service by teh company and the trip were superb. The only warning is that there is a lot of coach travel (but I am told less than Milford). Threre again, better to get someone else to drive it, rather than me. I would recommend the company.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

We chose to do this tour rather than Milford Sound because the long drive there was broken up with a boat ride and drive over Wilmot Pass. The drive over the mountain pass was very cool - you are driving right on the edge of the mountain and when you look out the window it is straight down, but beautiful! So it is a 2 hour bus drive from Queenstown to Lake Manapouri, hour boat ride to the Wilmot Pass road, hour bus ride over Wilmot Pass, and a 3 hour boat ride through Doubtful Sound. It is a long day and it is considered rain forest, so bring a rain coat. We had some sun and rain, lots of clouds. We saw a lot of waterfalls, a few penguins and several seals, but no dolphins that day.

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