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  • Soak up the stunning surrounds of Doubtful Sound
  • Feel the awesome power of Nature here - the remoteness, the wilderness and the peace
  • Enjoy a sumptuous three-course buffet served with some of the region’s finest produce


Escape the hustle-bustle of city life on this relaxing overnight cruise that takes you deep inside one of the most spectacular regions in New Zealand – Doubtful Sound.

Doubtful Sound, located in the World Heritage area of Fiordland, is an overwhelming place. Feel the awesome power of Nature here - the remoteness, the wilderness and the peace. Doubtful Sound is also the second largest of the 14 fjords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. Towering peaks, several outstanding waterfalls and fiords clad with ancient vegetation create a powerful atmosphere of solitude and serenity.

Catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins as they frequently come alongside the vessel, fur seals basking on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins.


Day 1: Queenstown – Cruise on Lake Manapouri – Cruise aboard Fiordland Navigator in Doubtful Sound

You will be picked up from your hotel in Queenstown in an air-conditioned coach and taken to Manapouri. This journey takes approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. On arriving at Manapouri, you will be transferred to a cruise vessel for a short cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri to West Arm.

At West Arm, board a coach once again and travel on the remote sub-alpine route over Wilmot Pass. There are opportunities along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainforest, spectacular scenery and to view the colorful alpine moss gardens.

Arrive at Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound and board the Fiordland Navigator. The Fiordland Navigator is purpose built for cruising in the fiords and offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon/fully licensed bar and observation lounge. You have the choice of private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or shared bunk-style accommodation.

(Please Note: It is recommended that you order lunch on Day 1. It should be pre-booked for collection at Manapouri before boarding the vessel).

Comprehensive commentary on board the cruise vessel will help you appreciate the significance of Doubtful Sound and its stunning landscape. Interpretation handouts are also available in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

There is plenty of time on your overnight cruise to soak up the stunning surrounds and to discover the hidden arms of Doubtful Sound – Hall, Crooked and First. Bottlenose dolphins often ride the vessel’s bow waves, fur seals bask on the rocks and, at times, rare penguins make an appearance.

The cruise ship will anchor at a chosen mooring for the night giving you the opportunity to kayak around the shoreline, go exploring in the tender craft with the ship’s nature guide or simply relax on deck.

A sumptuous three-course buffet will be served in the evening showcasing some of the region’s finest produce.

Overnight aboard the Fiordland Navigator.

Day 2: Depart Doubtful Sound - Arrive in Queenstown

After a delicious breakfast cooked fresh for you on board the ship, you will cruise towards Deep Cove. Disembark and re-board your coach and depart Queenstown via Manapouri.

The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Queenstown.

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    My only problem was with Isango itself. They interposed themselves between us and the actual tour operator, Real Journeys, which made it very difficult to communicate with Real...

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    A really well organised, informative trip to a stunning location. Wonderful staff, food excellent and comfortable beds. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from the minute we...

    Mrs T E Rowe
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Sep - 21 May: Daily


2 Days/ 1 Night

Start time


Meeting point

Your hotel in Queenstown. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details).
Alternate Point: You can join the tour directly at Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown.

Ending point

Your hotel in Queenstown.

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  • Return hotel transfers.
  • Coach from Queenstown to Manapouri.
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri.
  • Coach to Deep Cove.
  • Scenic wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound.
  • Overnight accommodation in a quad share compartment (bed linen, duvet, pillow and towel provided).
  • Kayaking or shoreline viewing by tender craft.
  • Comprehensive commentary.
  • 1 full breakfast and a 3-Course buffet dinner.


  • Drinks


Wear comfortable walking shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket and sunscreen/sunglasses. Carry insect repellent and camera.

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Please note

It is recommended that you order picnic lunch on Day 1. It should be pre-booked for collection at Manapouri, before boarding the vessel.

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • Luggage is restricted to one overnight bag per person. Flight option is subject to weather conditions.
  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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