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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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Overview
Tucked away in UNESCO-listed Fiordland, the remote reaches of Doubtful Sound offer travelers a serene alternative to the more popular Milford. Relax on this journey that includes a boat trip across Lake Manapouri, a vehicle crossing over Wilmot Pass, and a catamaran cruise through the stunning fiord. Getting there is made simple with pickup from Queenstown hotels.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
88 Beach Street
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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  • Pass by Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
  • 1
    Doubtful Sound
    Stop: 3 hours -
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    Pass by Lake Wakatipu
    Pass by Queenstown
  • 2
    Manapouri
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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  • 3
    Te Anau
    Stop: 10 minutes -
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You'll end at
88 Beach Street
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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Highlights
  • Be struck by the silence of Doubtful Sound
  • Cruise the remote fiord among soaring peaks
  • Dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, and penguins are common
  • Includes Queenstown transport by coach plus Lake Manapouri ferry
Important Information
Departure Point
88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
12h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket and warm clothing
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
104Reviews
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T R wrote a review 21 Mar
Asheville, North Carolina67 contributions11 helpful votes
We selected the day cruise on Doubtful Sound and it offered a lot. Starts with 45 lake cruise, then 45 min bus to the Sound (really it’s a fjord). The lake is the source of water for a huge hydroelectric plant with water discharging into the Sound. The bus trip uses the 20km
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Surreysunlovers wrote a review 18 Mar
Surrey, United Kingdom42 contributions10 helpful votes
We enjoyed the scenery, but due to Milford Sound being closed because of storm damage, you got the feeling that people were being transferred on to this tour. The tour was not the experience we were expecting.
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Date of experience: February 2020
John K wrote a review 9 Mar
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Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to this natural wonder filled with beautiful sights. Our bus driver, Brian, was extremely knowledgeable about the fjord, forest, sights and development of the power project. Disappointing that we did not get to see any dolphins or seals but we did
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia Ora and thank you for your 5 star review. Although luck wasn't on your side in terms of dolphins and seals, it's great to hear you did see some of our precious wildlife during your visit. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday around our region. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Debbie S wrote a review 4 Mar
Malmö, Sweden6 contributions
We really enjoyed the whole journey to Doubtful sound from Queenstown. We were picked up by taxi at our hotel. The bus trip to Manapouri was great, we had Brian as our driver, he gave a very interesting and enthusiastic commentary. Then on a ferry to the power station, then a
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora. Doubtful Sound is an amazing place to visit no matter the weather so it's great to hear you enjoyed the views on a cloudy day and we hope the rest of your visit to Fiordland was just as memorable. Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Corvus49 wrote a review Feb 2020
Tynemouth, United Kingdom6 contributions1 helpful vote
A spectacular journey by coach, boat, coach and boat ( in that order) and then return. Superb organisation of the event from the early morning taxi pick-up at the hotel right through to the end. Brian, our driver, was friendly, helpful, informative and amusing; drivers and
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Response from Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora. Thank you for your 5 star review of your Doubtful Sound experience. It's great to hear you were well looked after by our team. Your positive comments are appreciated and have been passed on to Brian. We hope you have the chance to experience other parts of the region with us during your holiday. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
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Lord MacDuff
United Kingdom
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Great cruise, brilliant dinner and sheep shearing / sheep dog demo great fun
We were staying slightly out of town but managed to get free parking quite easily and walk a short distance to the
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gillw2901
Victor Harbor, Australia
274
Fabulous relaxing cruise
What an absolutely stunning part of the world, this cruise was definitely one of the highlights of our trip
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T R
Asheville, North Carolina
6711
Doubtful Sound day cruise - total experience
We selected the day cruise on Doubtful Sound and it offered a lot. Starts with 45 lake cruise, then 45 min bus to
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griswald d
Minneapolis, Minnesota
4413
Fjordland wonders
Haven't made it to Norway, but this tour may give a run for the money! Did the hotel pickup option out of Te
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Surreysunlovers
Surrey, United Kingdom
3610
Too many coaches and too many people
We enjoyed the scenery, but due to Milford Sound being closed because of storm damage, you got the feeling that
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Surreysunlovers
Surrey, United Kingdom
3610
A excellent Cruise and Dinner
Was good fun cruising on the old Steamer! The Walter Peak Farm was absolutely lovely. The location was stunning
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aj450
41
Superb experience...
Amazing food meat lovers dream although my veg partner found plenty of yummy food to eat, and the scenery is
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Wifey Feeds Me Fat
Brisbane, Australia
130
Who let the sheep out!
Our session was not overly crowded. Plenty of space and seats on the boat. There were clean toilet facilities on
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ceri t
Jersey, United Kingdom
10446
Great views, good meal
16:00 start. Fabulous old steam ship, fascinating watching the guys in the engine room, I wouldn’t like to be the
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Hoops2323
206
Absolutely Amazing!!
We did this trip on a overcast drizzly day but could not have enjoyed it more! All the real journeys staff were
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