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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown provided by Real Journeys

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
4.5
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from $229.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Last updated: 13 Aug 2020
A note from Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown
Government regulations strictly adhered to. Covid Tracing App QR Code displayed- for those not using the app there is a paper sign-in sheet.
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Chinese, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
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 UNESCO–listed Fiordland National Park, and ride a ferry across its tranquil waters. Then ascend 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 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2264RJ301
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
12h
Departure details
37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Inclusions
Live commentary on board • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
Duration
12h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    37 Camp Street
    37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Fiordland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
  • 1
    Doubtful Sound
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    Lake Wakatipu
    Queenstown
  • 2
    Manapouri
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Te Anau
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    37 Camp Street
    37 Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.
    See address & details
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4.5
42 reviews
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T R
Asheville, NC66 contributions
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 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 road built to construct the underground ducts and power plant - fascinating story and means to get first glimpses of the Sound. The multi hour Sound cruise opened many spectacular views of the steep, rock mountains forming the main sound and its arms. Reminiscent of Norwegian fjords. Got a little taste of the Tasman Sea and seals. BTW Milford Sound was less accessible because rock slides limited travel to multi hour bus caravans. Glad we went to Doubtful Sound.
Written 21 March 2020
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Kia Ora. Thank you for your 5 star review - it certainly sounds like the story and scenery of the area made an impression on you. As you say, the views are spectacular and it's great you were able to see some of the native wildlife as well during your cruise. We hope you have the opportunity to come back and visit Fiordland again at some stage in the future. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
Written 19 April 2020
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Surreysunlovers
Surrey, UK42 contributions
Too many coaches and too many people
Feb 2020
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.
Written 18 March 2020
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John K
1 contribution
Incredible Trip
Mar 2020
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 get to see penguins. Very well organized. Appreciated that tour company did not try to sell souvenirs or photos. A very long day (13 hrs) but well worth it. Lunch box food was good and plentiful. Also, at 6'9", I found coaches comfortable!
Written 9 March 2020
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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.
Written 12 March 2020
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Debbie S
Malmö, Sweden6 contributions
Great experience
Feb 2020
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 bus to Deep Cove, then on the boat for a trip up Doubtful sound to the sea and back. The whole experience was enjoyable. The commentary on the cruise was very informative. The staff were friendly and helpful. Even though it was a cloudy day the views were amazing, it was a long day from Queenstown, we were so glad we went.
Written 5 March 2020
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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.
Written 8 March 2020
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Corvus49
Tynemouth, UK6 contributions
Stunning trip to Doubtful Sound
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 guides in other parts of the journey also performed to a high standard. Except by sea, there's no way to Doubtful Sound except by this route. It's a must.
Written 29 February 2020
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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.
Written 8 March 2020
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andrewomahony23
Stockton Heath, UK117 contributions
Fantastic trip
Really enjoyed our Doubtful Sound trip with Deano our bus driver. It was a long journey but the trip was broken up by a morning coffee stop on the way to Mannapouri followed by the cruise across the lake before the bus journey to Deep Cove (with several stops for great photo opportunities). The Sound itself was beautiful and there was a point where the captain asked everyone to be silent to appreciate the area. Unfortunately one persons near us decided to take noisy photos which spoiled it to an extent but overall the trip was wonderful. Having done Milford as well )see other review) I would do Doubtful until the Milford Road is fully repaired
Written 26 February 2020
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Jeff
Baton Rouge, LA99 contributions
Pristine Beauty.
Amazing views of Glacial Fjords, Majestic mountains, opaline waters and swirling cloud formations. We normally choose small group tours, but the only way to see Doubtless is large group. That said, Real Journeys did a great job of coordinating a large crowd across 4 busses, 2 boats,and 12 hours. The breathtaking scenery and comprehensive history lessons on board the boats make this a must see excursion. Wear layers, bring big spray and pre-order lunch when you book the tour.
Written 15 February 2020
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Kia Ora. Amazing views - we certainly agree! Thank you for your 5 star review - it's great to hear that you found the excursion informative and that our hard working, experienced staff did a great job of playing host for the day. We hope the rest of your visit was just as memorable and that you travel with us again soon. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
Written 16 February 2020
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soccernmath
Fremont, CA67 contributions
Amazing trip to the Doubtful Sound
Feb 2020 • Solo
Was completely amazed. Jaw dropping experience. The vastness of this place! Even got to see the Tasman Sea. And a Fiordland Crested Penguin.
The guide Vedant was amazing. Thank you for an amazing tour!
Written 1 February 2020
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Kia Ora. We love sharing this part of the country with guests and are thrilled you were able to see a rare native penguin in the wild. Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review and we hope the rest of your trip was just as memorable. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
Written 3 February 2020
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Lee H
7 contributions
Unforgettable experience with 5-star service in remote part of the world
Jan 2020
This is an experience not to be missed in one of the most remote places on earth. Real Journeys runs a top-notch operation. We were two American couples who had been told that the overnight trip to Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys was a bit expensive but worth it. And that advice was true. The company picked us up in Queensland and took us by bus, boat, bus and ultimately an overnight ship into Doubtful Sound. The trip was absolutely magical. It rained the first day which brought out hundreds of waterfalls down the vertical mountains. They have a naturalist on board who provides narrative throughout the trip. She even stood beneath a waterfall to collect water for the chef. Guests have an option to kayak or go out on a small boat, either of which got you close to the sheer vertical cliffs and all the greenery. The chef provides a buffet of gourmet foods, from salmon and lamb to vegetarian dishes. Alcohol is available for purchase. The rooms are clean, comfortable and provide everything a guest needs in a small but efficient space. Doubtful Sound is one of the most remote places we’ve ever visited and feels like you’ve gone back in time thousands of years. This is an unforgettable experience made perfect by this amazing tour company and its young, eager and knowledgable staff. Go!
Written 26 January 2020
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Kia Ora. It's great to hear you rate your experience on Doubtful Sound so highly. We love sharing this amazing part of 'our backyard' and it's fantastic you had an unforgettable visit. Thank you for your 5 star review and we hope the rest of your holiday is just as enjoyable. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
Written 27 January 2020
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314lynne
Penistone, UK4 contributions
Fabulous experience
We did this tour yesterday. It was amazing. We were blessed with lovely weather so that helped. The day is so well organised and we had a lovely driver (Lloyd) who looked after us and gave a helpful commentary. Picnic lunch was great. Fabulous tour highly recommended.
Written 16 January 2020
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Jafa164
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A memorable experience
This is one experience that I will always remember. The boat trip was entertaining with views of seals and penguin
Jafa164
Jafa164
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A trip worth going on
Highly recommend this trip. Without having Guides we wouldn't have know what we were looking at, and not realised t
whattosay
whattosay
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Exploring all the nooks and crannies
I've been to Doubtful Sound several times over the years, always as day trips unless you count school camp at Deep
elledeed
elledeed
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Wonderful cruise to the sensational caves
Lovely cruise over the lake with knowledgeable staff. The caves were sensational, and very comfortable easy walk th
fionanNZ
fionanNZ
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A wonderful full day of exploring Nature in Fiordland
Wonderful full day of exploring Lake Manapouri & Doubtful Sound. The team are passionate about their work and their
Meander553747
Meander553747
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Great family experience
Tony the wilderness guide and bus driver was fantastic, great commentary and an amazing trip of a lifetime. The 5
421joyc
421joyc
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Fantastic!
We loved our experience, a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. The Earnslaw cruise was informative and it was fun
M0xie4
M0xie4
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A 'Must Do' in Queenstown
It's the best way to see the lake, so many stunning vistas. Plus it's nice to take in Queenstown on a non adrenali
Alison L
Alison L
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Beautiful
Bring your appetite and your camera. Delicious sights and offerings from start to finish. The BBQ lunch is elegan
AnnaWellington
AnnaWellington
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Must-do experience
We had a wonderful time on this trip. The kayaking was lots of fun, followed by a swim off the back of the boat. Th
421joyc
421joyc
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Loved the caves
The caves themselves were amazing, and very interesting to see how incredible nature really is. It was just right
Simbojnr
Simbojnr
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Magical experience in Te Anau
What an amazing experience. By chance saw this when booking Earnslaw so decided to make a day of it. Staying in Q't
zmatthews22
zmatthews22
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Great experience, beautiful sound
Milford sound is smaller than doubtful sound, so you could definitely see it all in a day cruise if you don't have
zmatthews22
zmatthews22
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Worth every cent. Great staff, information, food and views.
This was definitely worth doing. With doubtful sound being further away, this gives you such a great opportunity to
Fenchurch40
Fenchurch40
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Simply stunning!
This is a must do trip for kiwis and international visitors -and well worth the cost. The hard-working staff are a
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