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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises

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Duration: 12½ hours
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  • Be struck by the beautiful silence of Doubtful Sound
  • Stunning scenery and plenty of photography opportunities
  • Interesting on board English commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels

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 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.

Doubtful Sound is also home to Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguin.

Come to Doubtful Sound and experience the Sound of Silence!

Customer reviews

We were very happy with the whole cruise. A huge day but well worth it. Would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to New Zealand. Have been on a few cruises but this...

Anita Townsend Australia
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Being in NZ for only a short time we had to think hard about what we did: choosing Doubtful was absolutely the right choice. Organization was excellent and the Real Journeys...

Mrs Helen F Simmons United Kingdom
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You will be picked up from your hotel accommodation in Queenstown for the Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises and the tour starts from Real Journey's Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri.

From Pearl Harbour at Manapouri, you will board a boat and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm.

A short coach trip from here will lead to Deep Cove at the head of Doubtful Sound. The coach will travel over Wilmot Pass, through dense rainforest and colourful alpine moss gardens.

Arive at Doubtful Sound.

Board a spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a 3-hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound. Enjoy breathtaking views of waterfalls, rainforest and mountains. You might see fur seals basking on the rocks, or a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.

Rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes encountered on a seasonal basis. Understanding of the area will be enhanced by the interesting on board English-only commentary. (Handouts are available in French, German and Spanish.)

On the return journey, the vessel's engines will be turned off and you will be treated to the 'Sound of Silence'.

After this, you also have the opportunity to visit the Manapouri Underground Power Station by coach.

Begin the return journey back to Manapouri.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

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

Please specify your preferred start time in special request section at the time of booking.

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.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Coach transfer from West Arm to Deep Cove
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Scenic wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound (with English commentary)
  • Interpretation handouts available in French, German, Spanish & Japanese
  • Meals
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
12½ hours
Start time
01 Nov – 30 Apr: 0645h (06:45am)
01 May – 31 Oct: 0655h (06:55am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in Queenstown. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
Your hotel at Queenstown
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Additional information
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.
Dos & Don'ts
Please wear comfortable walking shoes/boots.
Carry a waterproof jacket, woollen sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent, camera and lots of film.

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No cancellation fees

On most bookings

We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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