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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your catamaran cruise. Admire the fiord’s vivid beauty as you search for dolphins, fur seals, and penguins amid a dramatic landscape of soaring granite peaks and crystal-clear waters. 
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels
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Departure Point

37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Departure Time

6:55 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your South Island adventure to Doubtful Sound with pickup from your Queenstown hotel by coach. Relax during the journey to stunning Lake Manapouri, situated in the UNESCO–listed Fiordland National Park, and ride a ferry across its tranquil waters. Then ascend Wilmot Pass, stopping en route for a photo op of Doubtful Sound, a ribbon of blue meandering between the Fiordland's alpine moss gardens and steep rainforest-laden walls.

Board a spacious catamaran at Deep Cove for your cruise of Doubtful Sound. Ten times larger than Milford Sound, the pristine fiord boasts sun-drenched or mist-shrouded peaks where waterfalls cascade into the deep blue water below.

Keep an eye out for basking New Zealand fur seals, rare Fiordland penguins and bottlenose dolphins that often swim alongside the vessel as your skipper explains natural features of this extraordinary landscape. 

End with the return trip to Manapouri, where you’re transferred back to your Queenstown hotel.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Cruise around Doubtful Sound in the beautiful Fiordland National Park.
Stop At:  
Doubtful Sound
Take in the scenery and wildlife aboard our comfortable catamaran. Our on board nature guides will be giving an informative commentary throughout the journey.
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Manapouri
Cruise across Lake Manapouri to the Wilmot Pass. Take in the amazing mountain scenery from on board a modern catamaran.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lake Wakatipu
Board a luxury coach in Queenstown and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Manapouri township.
Pass By:  
Queenstown
Begin your journey in Queenstown, where you will board one of our luxury coaches for travelling to Manapouri.
Stop At:  
Manapouri
Your first stage of the journey ends in Manapouri, and will continue from here with a 50 minute catamaran cruise across the townships stunning lake.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Te Anau
Our coaches will make a brief stop in Te Anau to pick up other passengers. Take this time to enjoy the scenery in the amazing part of the world.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket and warm clothing
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Real Journeys

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown.

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Highly recommend!
Cheryl
, Mar 2020
Loved everything about this trip. While travelling on the bus after the boat trip across Lake Manapouri, we were able to see the trees that inspired Peter Jackson to create the Ents in the Lord of the Rings. The boat ride in Doubtful Sound was incredible especially the couple minutes of silence to enjoy the beauty of nature.
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Incredible journey from start to...
Danielle M
, Jun 2018
Incredible journey from start to finish. Well organised trip and our guide Chris was full of knowledge and made the long journey enjoyable. The ferry journey over Lake Manapouri and the drive over Wilmot Pass are both stunning. Doubtful Sound is breathtakingly beautiful and would recommend it to anyone who wants more of an adventure away from the crowds.
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It was like traveling in a city bus...
jain.ram.b
, Mar 2018
It was like traveling in a city bus that drops off passengers at every stop in the town and picks up cash passengers at every other stop.
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Very long day and bus rides. Pretty...
Lawrence A
, Mar 2018
Very long day and bus rides. Pretty waterfalls and peaceful boat rides. We did not see a single creature but so many were advertised and in the brochures. When we asked about seeing dolphins, whales, penguins we were told they are wild and we do not put them on leashes...
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I was picked up on time from my...
Chris
, Feb 2018
I was picked up on time from my accommodation, check in was straight forward, the coach driver was most helpful and provided good informative commentary. There were a couple of changes enroute coach, boat, bus these were well organized and went without a hitch. The main cruise around the Doubtful Sound was amazing, staff were helpful and again informative commentary was given. I highly recommend this trip.
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Loved it! We got lucky to get some...
Elvin D
, Jan 2018
Loved it! We got lucky to get some sunshine. Seeing the dolphins is a bonus too!
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I loved this tour. Adrian was our...
Vanja Radisic
, Dec 2017
I loved this tour. Adrian was our guide and driver and he was very accommodating, stopping /slowing down frequently to show us the scenery and allow for breaks and photos. Doubtful is mind blowing, and guys on the ships were fantastic as well. I was even impressed by our preordered lunch.
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A great tour from Queenstown...
Joy M
, Dec 2017
A great tour from Queenstown. Picked up from our hotel and taken to assembly point. Driver of coach very knowledgeable, pulled into scenic spots on the way to our Lake Manitoba boat crossing. Was a long day but with varied modes of transport you didn't notice the time. To save 20 each lunch provided if you order ahead take your own lunch. Drinks can be bought on cruises. We thought some drinks provided but not so, only coffee or tea free on both boat cruises. Wonderful day and the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. Views on Doubtful Sound breathtaking with great photo opportunities. We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day, no rain either.
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Fantastic Tour. Well worth the time...
Bill W
, Dec 2017
Fantastic Tour. Well worth the time and travel. Very professionally done. Beautiful scenery. And, we saw humpback whales, seals and a penguin! I recommend this tour.
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doubtful sound was great, however it...
Nicole W
, Oct 2017
doubtful sound was great, however it did take 3 coach trips and one river trip before we even started on the wilderness cruise. Consider the amount of travelling time that is required
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