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Very well organised tour
Must do If you are in this part o and New Zealand
This was an amazing experience cruising through Doubtful Sound.The operator Real Journeys ran a very slick operation. Nothing was a problem and everything ran to clock work from the time the bus picked up us till we arrived at the boat to take us on the cruise into Doubtful Sound.
This was a beautiful day trip. While the weather was wet we still had a very enjoyable day. Staff were capable and helpful, the boat was immaculately clean and well run, and the scenery fabulous. Thank you!!
Absolutely stunning and so worth the two bus trips and a lake trip to get to it we were in Te Anau. We were very impressed with the smooth running of the whole day but then, we've never had a Viator trip that hasn't run like clockwork! and loved the final 45minute coach journey, on an unmade road, through the rainforest to get to our boat for the cruise. Entertaining and knowledgable commentary from the drivers/captain on the journey was great. The actual cruise surpassed our expectations stunning scenery with plenty of viewing space for everyone and just enough, sensitive and, at times, hilarious commentary. We were extremely lucky with the wall-to-wall sunshine and even more fortunate to see seals, crested penguins surfing the waves, albatrosses and, best of all, a pod of humpback whales. And the master stroke from the crew...everyone was asked to put away phones/cameras and to stop talking while the engines were cut and we simply drifted along in rapt silence for ten minutes. Bliss.
What a marvellous experience. The scenery was like nothing we have ever seen before -breathtaking. The side fjords were magical places and we were also lucky enough to see penguins and a pod of dolphins. Wonderful.
Joan H Australia
We spent three days, two nights at Te Anau, one full day of which we did the excursion from to and from Doubtful Sound - what an experience. It was magnificent. We were collected from our motel and driven by bus to Manapouri Lake where we boarded a boat that took us to the landing point opposite, a fascinating cruise in itself. The scenery was spectacular even on this part of the tour. We then boarded a coach and drove over Wilmot Pass, surrounded by the jagged peaks of soaring alps and fabulous views along valleys that included distant lakes. When we arrived at Doubtful Sound we boarded the catamaran that took us on a cruise right out to the Tasman Sea, where we saw fur seals soaking up the sun on small rocky islands. After three hours of exploring the various arms of the Doubtful Sound that is ten times larger than Milford Sound, btw we returned on the same stunning route with unforgettable memories.
SANDRA B United Kingdom
This is our favourite sound as it is SILENT! More difficult to get to so the coach and boat rides to the cruise boat were very necessary but added to the day's interest and variety. The boat was comfortable and excellent for animal-spotting and scenery-viewing. We ordered the packed lunches which were average but saved us from having to make and take lunches with us. A very beautiful and special place
A wonderful day out. Well organised, informative and very enjoyable. The staff on all stages of the day were great. We saw lots of wildlife and stunning scenery. It was so much quiet and less touristy than the day I and #39;d had at Milford Sound. I and #39;d definitely recommend this trip.
Bob United Kingdom
Awesome day with Real Journeys whose staff were friendly and helpful. Even the journey across Lake Manipouri to get to Doubtful Sound was quite amazing.
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.....
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.
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!
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.
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.
This was a first rate tour. I enjoyed every minute and was realistically priced.
It is a very long day Left my campground at 9:30 am, did not return until after 5:00
-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!
fantastic we really enjoyed this trip but did wonder why it is not more advertised
Service was excellent and the boat trip on Doubtful Sound was spectacular. A perfect day.
This was the best tour on our holiday. It was well organised and every need catered for.
Great day, well organised. Excellent commentary and top shelf scenery.
This was an amazing trip well organised and just the most beautiful and spectacular scenery imaginable.
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