• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Join a Doubtful Sound cruise from Queenstown and discover this alpine gem nestled in the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Traveling by coach, you’ll take a ferry across Lake Manapouri and cross over Wilmot Pass for your 3-hour catamaran cruise. You’ll be struck by the fiord’s vivid beauty as you search for dolphins, fur seals and penguins amid a dramatic landscape of soaring granite peaks and crystal-clear waters. 


  • 3-hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels

What You Can Expect

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Start your South Island adventure to Doubtful Sound with pickup from your Queenstown hotel by coach. Relax during the journey to stunning Lake Manapouri, situated in the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park, and ride a ferry across its tranquil waters. You’ll then ascend the 2,198-foot-high (670-meter) Wilmot Pass, stopping en route for a photo op of Doubtful Sound, a ribbon of blue meandering between the Fiordland's alpine moss gardens and steep rainforest-laden walls.

Board a spacious catamaran at Deep Cove for your 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound. Ten times larger than Milford Sound, the pristine fiord boasts sun-drenched or mist-shrouded peaks where waterfalls cascade into the deep blue water below.

Keep an eye out for basking New Zealand fur seals, rare Fiordland penguins and bottlenose dolphins that often swim alongside the vessel as your skipper explains natural features of this extraordinary landscape. 

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

Customer Reviews

Chris United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I was picked up on time from my accommodation, check in was straight forward, the coach driver was most helpful and provided good informative commentary. There were a couple of changes enroute coach, boat, bus these were well organized and went without a hitch.
The main cruise around the Doubtful Sound was amazing, staff were helpful and again informative commentary was given.

I highly recommend this trip.

Elvin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved it! We got lucky to get some sunshine. Seeing the dolphins is a bonus too!

Vanja Radisic Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I loved this tour. Adrian was our guide and driver and he was very accommodating, stopping /slowing down frequently to show us the scenery and allow for breaks and photos. Doubtful is mind blowing, and guys on the ships were fantastic as well. I was even impressed by our preordered lunch.

Dipnarayan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

An unforgettable superb experience.

Joy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A great tour from Queenstown. Picked up from our hotel and taken to assembly point. Driver of coach very knowledgeable, pulled into scenic spots on the way to our Lake Manitoba boat crossing. Was a long day but with varied modes of transport you didn't notice the time. To save 20 each lunch provided if you order ahead take your own lunch. Drinks can be bought on cruises. We thought some drinks provided but not so, only coffee or tea free on both boat cruises. Wonderful day and the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. Views on Doubtful Sound breathtaking with great photo opportunities. We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day, no rain either.

Bill W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic Tour. Well worth the time and travel. Very professionally done. Beautiful scenery. And, we saw humpback whales, seals and a penguin! I recommend this tour.

Smitha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Incredible!!! The captain stopped the boat for a minute in the sound, you could only hear the water and birds!!! What a rich experience this was!

Caitlin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour left myself and my family reeling for days afterwards. Doubtful Sound is truly one of New Zealand's most magical and beautiful places. Everything about the tour was extremely well organised which meant no stress they even picked us up directly from our hotel door. The coach ride was comfortable and the drivers were able to offer insightful facts about the area as we drive through the landscape. Upon arrival at Manapouri Station, we hopped on another bus with another wonderful driver to be taken to the ferry. The cruise itself was incredible. We got to see dolphins play, got taken out to see the local seal colony, and most importantly had plenty of time to take in the beautiful views. Looking forward to booking the Milford Sound tour next year. Thanks for a brilliant experience!

Margot S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Fantastic day, really great sights and commentary, saw dolphins, seals, fairy penguins. Well organised

Andrew R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Amazing well organised day with perfect weather, dolphins and an albatross ! The coach drivers were friendly and informative and although a long day we had a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend it

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