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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

  • 3-hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
From US$191.00
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Doubtful Sound Cruise + Lunch
Doubtful Sound Cruise ex Queenstown Includes lunch (Beef sandwich on Turkish bread, Fruit (apple and grapes), Cheese & crackers, Honey muesli slice, After dinner mint)
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. 
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (87)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Just amazing

I did the overnight cruise for Doubtful Sound. It was one of the best parts of my trip to NZ. The boat, that crew, the information, EVERYTHING was just amazing. I stayed in the domitory down on the first deck. It was remarkably clean and...More

1  Thank CookGirl-CA
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia Ora, Thank you for an incredible review. We are happy to hear you have so many fantastic highlights on your adventure with us. Doubtful Sound is pretty spectacular, and we are happy to have you experience it with us. Kind Regards - The Team...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018
Stunning scenery!

Doubtful sound is a must do in the fiordlands and I would go there again without any hesitation! It is amazingly beautiful, wild, quiet...such a peaceful place where I felt I was the only person in the world! The cruise was awesome thanks to the...More

Thank Drey T
Reviewed 26 July 2018
Real WOW Factor and a msut visit.

Our Milford Sounds tour canceled for 3 days so we were offered Doubtful Sounds, WHta an up grade. In my opion ( after visiting Milford Sounds 3 times allreday, I would fully recommend you look at goingt o Doubtful Sounds if only 1 day to...More

1  Thank SpeedwellTours
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile
Breathtaking, seamless

WOW WOW WOW must do. And the staff are ALL VERY knowledgeable, skilled, friendly and helpful. we want to come back for the overnight which is not available during winter.

Thank RdV88
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile
A Must!

We loved all of New Zealand, but Doubtful Sound is at the very top of our list! Gill was a wonderful tour guide, and the cruise was breathtaking and awe-inspiring. This is one activity every NZ itinerary should include.

Thank Beth D
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Brenda G
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Response from RdV88 | Reviewed this property |
I think October isn’t summer there? Should be ok. I think you can do a live chat online and ask. If no chat, email them, they respond quickly