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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Awesome trip great people and the best views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We did this trip with Real Journey, a local company and everyone in that company is putting 100 effort to make the trip enjoyable and memorable! The bus driver, the cruise guide, the cruise captain, everyone was amazing. I don't have to tell you too much about the nature there, it is one of the first 10 places to see in the world! It is better to stay in Te Anau than Queenstown as all trips to Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound are 8-10 hours from Te Anau, add another 5 hours back and forth to Queenstown.....

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Best trip to most beautiful place we've ever been. Lucked out on a warm sunny day, and the ocean was calm so we got photos of furry seals and crested penguins. Staff excellent, very good job without cutting any shortcuts.

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Just amazing! Don and #39;t waste anymore time and book this. Real Journeys were a fantastic operator and were so well organised that made the trip that little more special. Truly a memorable experience. Very highly recommend!

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017


heinz v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience, with both the boat trips and bus equally enjoyable. Lake Manapouri was impressive enough, but then seeing the Sounds was breath-taking. Friendly and informative staff.

Martyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a must do trip! The staff at Real Journeys are brilliant and add to the trip experience. You get two boat trips and an interesting drive through a mountain pass on a coach! The 3 to 4 hour sailing out to the Tasman Sea is a voyage back in time! The scenery has not changed for millions of years and is mainly untouched by man. You will not see views like it anywhere else? It is an 8 to 9 hour trip so pack a picnic.

Kathy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was really nice and beautiful.

Joy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a first rate tour. I enjoyed every minute and was realistically priced.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It is a very long day Left my campground at 9:30 am, did not return until after 5:00
Tour included:
-shuttle from campground in Te Anau to manapouri
-boat across Manapouri Lake 45 minutes
-informative bus shuttle from West End to Doubtful Sound 45 minutes
-The Doubtful Sound Tour itself
-Return Bus, boat back to Manapouri, shuttle to Te Anau

We got a really nice day for our tour. Apparently Milford Sound the other destination out of Te Anau was expecting rain. It was mostly sunny, with some clouds moving in near the end of the tour. Gorgeous scenery throughout the entire cruise which I cannot compare to any other place I've ever been. Alaska come the closest, but even not quite. We made it al the way out to the Tasman sea for a little bit and even caught site of a couple of penguins, which I though would all be gone by this time of year. My only complaint is that I had too many pictures to wade through!

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