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
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.
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not recommended for child aged 12 months and under
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Not wheelchair accessible
What to bring: comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, and swimsuit
For passenger comfort and safety, only one overnight bag per person is allowed on board
Accommodation: 18 cabins have private bathrooms (12 single or twin cabins; 6 cabins with double beds). 9 quad-share cabins are bunk-style with shared bathroom facilities. Linen, duvet, towel and pillows are provided. If you are a party of 3, you will be booked into a quad-share for sole use with shared facilities; if you require private bathrooms, please book a single cabin and a separate booking for a twin/double cabin. Please note when booking as a triple you will be charged a fourth bed at the child rate
Real Journies looked after us royally from start to finish. Both vegetarians so a bit concerned about the menu on board. No worries!! There was more than enough veggie food at every meal. Staff 'n' crew cheerful, helpful skipper and nature guide absolutely superb. Have already recommended this company and this tour to my cousin who intends to do it in feb 2018. Not enough superlatives to bestow on them. And I don't normally give reviews as I'm told I'm difficult to please. Not in this case though, 10 out of 10.
This was a magical experience, before our trip I was tossing up between an overnight on Milford or Doubtful of which won out and I'm so glad we did. The staff were great, boat comfortable, meal amazing and experience out of this world.
Walls in cabins are very thin could hear snorers on either side which did not allow for much sleep but the experience out weight it, highly recommend this as a MUST DO. 5 Stars
Eine fantastische Tour. Wir haben dieses Tour ab Queenstown gebucht und wurden mit dem Taxi von unserem Motel abgeholt znd nach der Reise wieder hingebracht. Den ersten Tag hatten wir Sonnenschein, den folgenden Bewölkung. Alles war bestens organisiert. Crew und Essen waren sehr gut. Empfehlenswert
Such a wonderful experience! Although trip to cruise was long, it was worth it. So glad we did the over night tour since the second day was rainy so we saw thousands of waterfalls. We also saw seals, whales and porpoises. The entire trip was handled professionally from pickup to drop off.
loved the cruise -- staff were so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about this beautiful cruise. we did a 2 hour cruise on Milford Sound and were SO happy that we chose to overnight on Doubtful sound - it is much longer and has many more nooks and crannies. would highly recommend the tour. We especially loved the Sound of Silence where all engines were turned off and everyone was still and quiet for a few minutes.... just amazing!
It was a fantastic trip. I wasn't prepared for how long the bus ride and boat were going to be to get to the sound, but it was very organized and beautiful views along the way. The nature guide and captain were super friendly and knowledgable. Even though it rained we got to see tons of waterfalls and the next morning was clear. It's expensive but worth the price.
Beautiful scenery and great boat. I highly recommend this tour when in New Zealand. We had a sunny first day and the kayaking was fantastic. Just remember to put plenty of insect repellant on to combat the sand flies when kayaking. I had been bitten at Buller Gorge so put plenty of repellent on. I forgot my head though and still ended up with a few bites. Sand flies are a problem in many parts on the west coast.