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Doubtful Sound Cruise from Manapouri or Te Anau

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Overview
Don’t miss the majestic peaks of Doubtful Sound, Fiordland's best-kept secret. This cruise starts with a boat crossing on Lake Manapouri, ideal for visitors who prefer to make their own way to the departure point. Stay warm with hot tea and coffee inside the cabin, or search for dolphins, fur seals, and penguins from the outdoor viewing deck.
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    Doubtful Sound
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    Discover the pristine wilderness as we transport you right into the heart of it all. Practically untouched by humans, apart from the select few allowed to operate there, our Tasman explorer cruises the fiord for 2.5 hours.
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Highlights
  • Explore the unspoiled wilderness of Doubtful Sound
  • Look for dolphins, fur seals, and penguins during the cruise
  • A quieter alternative to Milford in UNESCO-listed Fiordland
  • Includes crossing over Lake Manapouri and Wilmot Pass
Important Information
Departure Point
Pearl Harbour Manapouri Boat ramp, 60 Waiau Street, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand 21 Town Centre, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Ferry across Lake Manapouri and back
  • Coach across Wilmot Pass and back
  • 2.5 hour cruise in Doubtful Sound
  • English Commentary
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Coach connection from Te Anau available if option is selected
  • Entry/Admission - Doubtful Sound
Exclusions
  • Please contact Go Orange directly to pre-order a delicious lunch, or bring your own
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Lunches are available for pre-order, directly with the provider. Orders must be placed 24 hours prior to departure via the contact details on your voucher.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Ex. Manapouri option - please check-in at the Visitor Centre, Waiau St, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643 and look for one of the friendly Go Orange staff members
  • Ex. Te Anau option - Go Orange Store, 21 town Centre. Alternatively, please contact Go Orange directly to see if there is a Te Anau pick-up closer to your accommodation (at least 24 hours in advanced)
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ozzulu wrote a review Yesterday
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What a. Brilliant trip we had with GO ORANGE ! Our guide TONY was so passionate and knowledgeable about the history, ecology and micro systems of the Sounds . The bus was new and had seat belts and had screen so you could clearly see what was coming up as we travelled and
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Date of experience: February 2020
Alice K wrote a review Yesterday
186 contributions31 helpful votes
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Our bus driver / first mate Tony & Captain John were great, giving us information about the sound/fiord. The beautiful sunny day gave us stunning views. No rain for the previous week so only small waterfalls but the "warm" sunny day was preferred over cloudy & wet. The check
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Gaddiel R wrote a review 14 Feb
62 contributions12 helpful votes
First our driver and guide Tony was great, funny, insightful and all out a lover of the Fiordlands A must do if you are ever here. As an aside I drove there seeing that on google maps it should a Gas station However I did not know it would not take my credit cards Visa or
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Date of experience: February 2020
steve g wrote a review 12 Feb
3 contributions
Great trip. Reccomend early morning visit for photos of dawn breaking and reflections, provided the weather is kind
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Date of experience: February 2020
Nicky and Kevin wrote a review 11 Feb
11 contributions1 helpful vote
Brilliant day. Great crew. Amazing trip. Lucky to see dolphins and penguins. Highly reccomend. Perfect.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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By: Go Orange Doubtful Cruise
Ozzulu
70
Visit to Doubtful Sound , Fijordland , New Zealand
What a. Brilliant trip we had with GO ORANGE ! Our guide TONY was so passionate and knowledgeable about the
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Alice K
Rio Dulce, Guatemala
13631
Breathtaking scenery
Our bus driver / first mate Tony & Captain John were great, giving us information about the sound/fiord. The
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Gaddiel R
Roswell, New Mexico
2412
Truest nature
First our driver and guide Tony was great, funny, insightful and all out a lover of the Fiordlands A must do if
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steve g
20
Awesome
Great trip. Reccomend early morning visit for photos of dawn breaking and reflections, provided the weather is
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Nicky and Kevin
71
Awesome
Brilliant day. Great crew. Amazing trip. Lucky to see dolphins and penguins. Highly reccomend. Perfect.
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Peter H
Perth, Australia
2225
Be aware when booking with this local company
My wife and I booked and pre paid for this ‘bucket list’ experience some Months in advance as part of a planned
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Jenny K
30
Cruise
The staff were so helpful and well organised. They were very knowledgeable on the area. I felt it was well priced
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PatronMB
Nashville, Tennessee
197
Good day trip. Be prepared.
We enjoyed this trip and chose it because it is reportedly less crowded than Milford and required less driving
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Ross Grindrod
Falmouth, United Kingdom
53
Such a personal touch
Doubtful sound was an amazing experience in itself, but with the tour guides of #goorangenz made it a very
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Georgieveebs
22
Beautiful scenic cruise from Manapouri to Doubtful Sound
As part of a family holiday we booked a scenic cruise from Manapouri through Doubtful Sound, the Fiord itself is
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