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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Deryck K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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!

Laura H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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.

Julie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

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.

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.

Lark

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!

TLee

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.

MS G M E M

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.

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