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Embark on a 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, starting from Te Anau. You’ll travel by coach to Manapouri Lake for a short boat ride, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass. En route, stop for alpine views of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, before taking in the dramatic landscapes, soaring peaks and wildlife of Doubtful Sound.


  • 3-hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Sightings of seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Te Anau hotels

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What You Can Expect

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

Your Doubtful Sound cruise begins with hotel pickup in Te Anau for the coach journey to Manapouri Lake. After a brief boat ride over the lake’s vivid waters, you’ll board another bus and cross over 2,198-foot-high (670-meter) Wilmot Pass, stopping to view the Fiordland's dense rainforest and alpine moss gardens with a glimpse of Doubtful Sound in the distance.

Continue on to Deep Cove, where you'll board a spacious catamaran for your 3-hour boat tour of Doubtful Sound, part of the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park and ten times larger than Milford Sound. Amid this pristine wilderness, whose deep waters are sometimes vivid blue-green and sun-drenched and other times shrouded in mist, you’ll find a rugged landscape of granite peaks and cascading waterfalls.

Soak up views of the dramatic topography as your skipper provides insightful commentary and points out South Island wildlife, such as bottlenose dolphins that frequently swim alongside the vessel. Search for rare Fiordland penguins in their natural habitat and New Zealand fur seals often seen basking on the rocks.

End with the return trip to Manapouri, where you’re transferred back to your Te Anau hotel.

Customer Reviews

J A Furness F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

fantastic we really enjoyed this trip but did wonder why it is not more advertised

Joy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Stunning scenery, very well organised, a highlight of our trip to NZ


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Service was excellent and the boat trip on Doubtful Sound was spectacular. A perfect day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was the best tour on our holiday. It was well organised and every need catered for.

Dave T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great day, well organised. Excellent commentary and top shelf scenery.

Frank H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing trip well organised and just the most beautiful and spectacular scenery imaginable.

Angela U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A lovely trip, coach driver was funny and very informative.....brilliant!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An absolutely brilliant day. One of the highlights of our trip to NZ.
The staff were excellent but it was all about the scenery.
Even fealt quite emotional when they turned all the engines off for a silent 2 minutes

Fred L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We were a bit concerned when we got to the dock at Manapouri as it was raining and very overcast. It started raining hard and rained for the boat ride and then the bus ride but the bus driver told us how lucky we were to be there when it was raining as there are more and bigger waterfalls. He was right. It stopped raining shortly after we got on the boat for Doubtful Sound and the experience could not have been better. Everyone was very nice and shared a lot of information.

Philip T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Everything went according to expectations, no complaints. Sadly the weather was not great, but the boat crew still made a good day for us all. The rain made the waterfalls more spectacular, and we were able to go to the mouth of the sound as the sea was fairly calm. I would recommend this as a good value day tour, if I get another opportunity I would try the overnight tour.

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