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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

By RealNZ
Recommended by 93% of travellers
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About
Explore the spectacular Doubtful Sound on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Located in the remote UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, getting to Doubtful Sound is quite an adventure: first you have to cross Lake Manapouri and the Wilmot Pass. There's a good chance to see fur seals and bottlenose dolphins, as well as unforgettable views of the rainforest and mountains of the park, whatever the weather.
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Duration: 9h
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Highlights
  • Transfers from accommodation in Te Anau are included
  • Includes a boat ride across Lake Manapouri and a cruise on Doubtful Sound
  • Learn all about the area through live commentary on board
  • Experience one of New Zealand's most rugged and remote landscapes

  • Lake Manapouri cruise
  • Doubtful Sound cruise
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Te Anau
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


Start:
  • 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2264RJ308

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Cruise maximum capacity: 135 people
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please wear comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket and warm clothing
    • 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 45 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau?
    Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau price starts from $356.72. Discover and book Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau on Tripadvisor
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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      85 Lakefront Drive
      85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
      See address & details
    • 1
      Doubtful Sound
      Stop: 3 hours
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    • 2
      Lake Te Anau
      Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
      See details
    • 3
      Te Anau
      Stop: 10 minutes
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    • 4
      Manapouri
      Stop: 50 minutes
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • RealNZ
      5,882
      Queenstown, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2009
    • stella317
      0 contributions
      Short of our expectations.
      We returned to Doubtful Sound many years after a day cruise in sunny weather, to discover how lucky we had been. This time for the overnight cruise we had the typical wet weather, with poor visibility on the opening afternoon. Fortunately it was clearer in the morning, for a short experience of this stunning place with waterfalls gushing. Perhaps the standard of the vessel is getting a bit dated, and the food rated as good rather than excellent, and wines weren’t included, so it seemed a bit on the expensive side.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • godees2015
      0 contributions
      Two hour cruise at Queenstown.
      A good half day trip although we were unaware of the lunch and dinner option ashore. The scenery is stunning of course and the cruise is very popular so pre book!
      Written 18 February 2024
    • skynardy
      0 contributions
      Great review to the ship cruise
      Great experience! Except the strong winds that could almost blow my face off… And there was a bit crowded when turning back from the farm, I have to share tables with others.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • W5729TDbenn
      0 contributions
      What a wonderful afternoon at the Walter Peak Farm!
      We loved the Iconic Historical TSS stream Boat with the Walter Peak Farm and afternoon tea deal. The boat ride to and from the farm was so lovely, we checked out the engine room, we had a drink on the second floor and enjoyed the lovely views of the lake the whole journey. Kevin, the farm guide, was very friendly and informative. The old farm house now turned into the restaurant is surrounded by the beautiful gardens and the water and mountain views, my 14 year old son loves the farm animals and the ducks in the lake and birds around the property. The afternoon tea has a huge selection of sweet treats and was so yummy. I have taken so many photos just trying to capture everything we seem, but the photos couldn't do it justice. We totally recommended it.
      Written 16 February 2024
    • Patilutravel
      0 contributions
      A highlight not to miss!
      This was a highlight in our visit to Queenstown. excellent food quality and choice. Professionally organised. Well worth it the cost. Peak farm tour / show was also fun all in all a picturesque pleasant and top quality.
      Written 13 February 2024
    • jonswaino
      0 contributions
      Don’t doubt Doubtful Sound; the experience of a lifetime!
      A wonderful experience immersed in a time capsule. Anyone who laments the loss of natural habitat around the world will find solace in the calm majesty of Doubtful Sound. This is good for the soul, and the crew of The Wanderer, capacity 36 passengers, enhance the experience with their quiet enthusiasm for their workplace. And what a workplace! No helicopters, paragliders or jet skis. Just the magnificent scenery, with expert guidance and superb food to accompany it all. The boat is very comfortable, and safety always paramount. The access is an adventure in its own right; a cruise over Lake Manapouri, followed by a 45 minute coach ride with expert commentary about the temperate rainforest you traverse over Wilmer Pass. Centuries-old trees festooned with outlandish mosses, lichen and algae clinging to precipitous slopes that soar above the pass. At Deep Cove you embark on the boat, and your cruise begins. Jaw-dropping images as steep slopes plunge into calm dark waters. There are playful dolphins and whales visit to rid themselves of unwanted passengers that are unable to tolerate the freshwater that sits in a layer above the saltwater below. Kayaking, guided tours in the boat’ tender and swimming are all available. Early morning is magical as the light changes. In all seasons and weather this is unmissable.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Greg M
      0 contributions
      TSS EARNSLAW CRUISE TO WALTER PEAK FARM FOR A GREAT BANQUET.
      Cruise on TSS EARNSLAW across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Farm was wonderful. Met people from all over the world. Landed to a most delicious banquet with antipasto, seafood and delicious perfectly cooked BBQ meats. Plus a choice of cooked or salad vegetables. A choice of great deserts. Loved the boysenberry sorbet. Superb meal at every course. Followed by a sheep shearing demonstration and sheep dog rounding up sheep. Well presented and good fun. A beautiful cruise back to Queenstown. Unbelievable scenery.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • susancX8009ZU
      0 contributions
      Meh. Not worth it.
      The boat trip was pleasant but busy. The meal was a massive disappointment. It was incredibly busy, dominated by some large groups, and we were stranded at the tail end. We ended up struggling to get a first serving while the big groups were on seconds. All the 'hot' food was lukewarm. When we went for desert, they were closing the doors. We booked this based on good reviews, and it barely managed mediocre. Huge waste of money, better to book a nice restaurant.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • mjc404
      0 contributions
      A wonderful peaceful experience
      This was an unbelievable trip. The ferry across Lake Manapouri, thr coach ride over the Wilmot Pass and then a voyage on the Fiordland Navigator; everything was just so exciting. On the first day it was raining and misty, but on the second day we woke to glorious sunshine which gave us some fantastic views of the mountains surrounding the the Sound. The skipper, and all his crew, were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The food on board was basic but good, and the accommodation was a little cramped but perfectly adequate for one night. What was the best part of the whole trip? No Wifi, no mobile coverage, absolute peace. If you are one of those feeble-minded people who cannot exist for five minutes without your mobile phone then this trip is definitely not for you.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • SweetsSmith
      0 contributions
      Great food, boat ride and Sheep and Dog Show
      Excellent boat ride, food was superb and very pleasantly surprised to see the sheep shearing and dog herding show that was given
      Written 10 February 2024
    • X1025HOjoanneb
      0 contributions
      Good mix of attractions
      We are generally independent travelers, but thought this 7 pm tour would be worth it as we had not experienced NZ sheep beyond driving past them or, occasionally, eating them! The sheep shearing and the dog demonstration were both impressive and satisfied our needs. The steamship ride and the BBQ buffet dinner, to us, were enjoyable bonuses. It was cool to see the inner workings of the ship, and on the way back from the farm we were treated to a beautiful night sky which we’d managed to miss during the rest of our trip due to cloudy skies. The dinner was delicious with more than enough choices for everyone. If you eat pork, the pork belly was wonderful. Also the sticky toffee pudding and the little tarts. Yum. (I think that you get to meet and pet the animals during the day trips. We would have liked that, but it was not possible for the 7 pm event.)
      Written 10 February 2024
    • jonathanpatz
      0 contributions
      Awesome sheep shearing and sheep herding, well worth the boat trip from Queenstown, NZ!
      This visit was WAY ABOVE expectations! We first just wanted to do the boat trip, and didn't realize how rewarding the farm visit was. We were led around by Phillip, who was SO lively, funny, and informative! And what an amazing sheep shearing and sheep dog performance at the end!!! We had no idea that we'd see this incredible added part of the farm tour. The tea time was also more great snacks than we expected. Anyway, a visit well worth doing if you're in Queenstown, NZ.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • Venture31792850209
      0 contributions
      Even better than expected! 10/10
      So much better than we expected! We honesty thought this would be very touristy & a bit tacky but still a good way to see more of the lake & area around Queenstown. Oh my goodness it was absolutely wonderful! Such a surprise! The cafe onboard is excellent with some of the best coffee in Queenstown! So unexpected! And the views on board as we travelled across the lake to the farm were breathtaking. We arrived to the most beautiful property with gorgeous flowering & green gardens. The BBQ lunch was outstanding and not the basic outdoor spit/bbq buffet we were expecting. It was reserved tables at the restaurant managed seamlessly and was the most stunning lunch. It was a buffet but on another level! High quality food choices and presentation & the staff were fabulous and most were bilingual to accommodate the majority of guests. We were lucky to have a table outside under an umbrella to enjoy the views and the wine/drinks selection was wonderful & quick too. The farm show was excellent & gave some great info about the property and surrounding area. Then the boat ride back to Queenstown was just as good as the ride over with more info over the PA about the area. We can’t recommend this tour more highly. All staff from the dock to onboard & at the restaurant and farm were brilliant & friendly: 10/10!
      Written 9 February 2024
    • SarahBlairAdventures
      0 contributions
      What a surprise!
      I'll be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect on this tour but man it was good. Our guide had so much to share and the whole thing was such a pleasant experience. It's such a stunning location and the food is insanely delicious. I won't go into the details as I don't want to spoil any surprises but I highly recommend this tour, our family had so much fun.
      Written 8 February 2024
    • skiwindham1
      0 contributions
      Too weather dependent to justify risking the high expense.
      I won't repeat the positives that have been posted...outstanding crew; great food; beautiful scenery. But...on boarding in the rain and fog, we were told we were experiencing typical Doubtful Sound weather where it rains 2 out of every 3 days!(Doubtful Sound we are now told is in the rainiest region of NZ). That made the 24 hour overnight trip a washout, so to speak. Kayaking was still possible, but in a cold rain it wasn't really enjoyable. We had a much better experience doing a day cruise the prior day in Milford Sound. Milford Sound is also a more dramatic fiord than Doubtful Sound. So unless you get lucky with the weather in Doubtful Sound (the odds are against you), you can save a ton of money and see better sights by going to Milford Sound instead.
      Written 7 February 2024
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    Brigette
    210 contributions
    The website said ‘ Te Anau accommodation pickup and drop-off’, which is incorrect, luckily we dropped in at RealNZ shop and were told that we had to arrive at the center at 6:30am. Hope the sponsor can amend this. A bus took us to Amanpouri (20min) with some amazing views of the Kepler mt along the way. We arrived at the pier in Amanpouri and joined other guests. A 50min boat-ride took us to a bus station. Then we hopped onto a bus and travelled past Wilmot Pass and crossed the southern alps where there is phone connection due to remote location. The road used to be a service road and its access is restricted. It’s is very steep, the bus driver provided commentaries along the way. Ram has a dry sense of humor about how road kills may help to save local birds….we then get dropped off at a remote pier with amazing scenery and boarded a boat and began our doubtful sound tour. The boat is comfortable and serves nice buns and even pasta bowls. The facilities are comfortable and clean. The actual boat trip is around 1-2hrs and remember to bring windbreaker with a hoody with you because it can get very windy. We were blessed with fine weather but still felt the draft. The commentaries were interesting and we really enjoyed a moment when the skipper turned off the engine and let us enjoyed the amazing birdsongs and sounds of nature. We love the trip and the length and breath are a lot longer but enjoyable compared with the relatively rushed Milford day cruise. If time allows must do an overnight stay. Highly recommend this tour
    Written 28 December 2023
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    Jennifer
    Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
    Mar 2020
    The tour of Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys was outstanding. The transportation (2 boats and a bus) were outstanding - clean and comfortable, and the staff was excellent, knowledgeable, friendly and very passionate about the Fiordland National Park and it's importance to us all. We were able to leave the calm waters and get close to the Tasman sea where we saw seals and even Fiordland penguins (apparently not a normal sight), and all the spectacular scenery of Doubtful sound. We actually left the boat and drove to the glowworm experience in Te Anau so if you want to do that, it can easily be done and it's worth it to do it all in one day. Such a great experience at Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys.
    Written 5 March 2020
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    Kia Ora. It certainly sounds like you had an amazing day out on the water in Doubtful Sound and we are thrilled you got to see seals and penguins during your cruise. Our hard working teams do an amazing job hosting throughout the day so your comments are appreciated and we hope that we have the opportunity to show you more of the region in the future. Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.
    Written 8 March 2020
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    Peter D
    Brisbane, Australia139 contributions
    A much bigger fjord and harder to get to, I would recommend adding this wonder to your list and doing both trips. They are so different and yet both so captivating.

    Arriving at Manapouri, you see a tiny harbour and only one boat giving you a feeling of complete isolation. The 45min crossing of Lake Manapouri flies by and then it’s a 30 minute bus trip over the pass and past the power station to join your cruise ship for the 3 hour trip along the fjord.

    With no other boat or person anywhere close, the silence is overwhelming and adds to the stunning scenery, especially when the captain shuts off the engine and you drift along.

    Do this cruise, and do Milford Sounds, they are both too good to drop either.
    Written 5 January 2019
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    Joshtherock
    Burleigh Heads, Australia251 contributions
    Aug 2018
    This was so good, we didn't expect the tour to be as good as it was. All the staff on the coaches and boats were great. The boat itself was so clean and the windows were wonderful. It was well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone. The only thing that let Real Journeys down, was XXX at the call centre who was so rude, he does not represent the company well and it a real let down for anyone who has to deal with him but apart from that - I can't speak highly about the tour itself.
    Written 16 August 2018
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    Nigel J
    51 contributions
    Feb 2019 • Couples
    The tour was enjoyable, but they promote picnic lunches as there is limited food available on the boat. A photo of the Deluxe Picnic Lunchpack costing $27.00 features a filled baguette, and yoghurt among other things. This appealed. What we got was
    a very unappealing wrap and no yoghurt. When questioned by us, we were referred to
    the small print which says ‘lunch contents may vary’. I would recommend taking your own. A much nicer, and so much cheaper option, and you will know what you are getting.
    Written 10 February 2019
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    Wen
    Queenstown, New Zealand7 contributions
    Jul 2019 • Friends
    I was feeling sick in the morning and really hesitated if I should join the tour. I decided to go and it was the best tour I’ve ever went!

    First of all, the tour included bus>cruise>bus>cruise>bus>cruise>bus which felt quite a bit of a hassle but Real Journey Team had done everything they could to make sure we are comfortable along the trip (I knew how hard this is...)

    Their transportations were clean and spacious, driver delivered a good commentary and enthusiastic. Staff were friendly and helpful. Lunch box provided was nice. I also noticed some kiwi birds on the back of bus. They even arranged a taxi to pick up and drop me off!

    There are lots of spectacular places to visit in New Zealand and Doubtful Sound is definitely one of them. Real Journey has obviously put in lots of efforts to show us the beauty and serenity of New Zealand. Highly recommend and well worth a visit. Many thanks to Real Journey for making this happened.
    Written 8 August 2019
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    janberns
    Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
    Sept 2017
    We did it by default. The road to Milford Sound road was closed due to an avalache ., at the last minute.
    Being a New Zealander we were close to the the Manapouri turn off when we got the road closer news, so I knew if we turned of towards Manapouri we had a slim chance off catching the last overnight cruise to Doubtful sound.
    Surfice to say we made it in the nick of time. We were traveling with another Australian couple who had never been to NZ south Island Before. It turned out to be the trip of a life time, the sort of trip memories are made.
    We experinced snow on the Wilmont Pass and huge seas., the whole thing waws amazing.

    Written 4 March 2018
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    357WendyL
    Fleet, UK31 contributions
    Nov 2019
    We were very lucky to pick a warm sunny day to do the Doubtful sound tour from Te Anau. The coach pick us up outside our motel and transferred us to the ferry at Manapouri Lake, this in its self is a really pleasant journey with good views. The coach over Wilmot Pass was also really interesting with great commentary from our driver John Lockie we also had a couple of photo stops. The cruise on Doubtful sound was amazing, the scenery was stunning, we saw fur seals and a penguin. A great moment when the captain turned off all the engines and everyone was quiet total silence ....well until someone disregarded the instructions and decided to make a hot drink !!! The boat is very comfortable with free tea and coffee. We had ordered the deluxe lunchbox which was very tasty and good value, A wonderful day full of great memories....we can’t recommend it enough.
    Written 5 November 2019
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    pippadavis1
    Danbury, CT3 contributions
    Jun 2019 • Solo
    This trip is well worth the money & the extra time! It is well run & includes a group of true blue Kiwis, local too, knowledgeable & passionate about the area. Doubtful Sound is much larger than Milford & its remoteness & access difficulty makes it a true treasure to New Zealand. Spectacular trip! Highly recommend!!
    Written 4 June 2019
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    Ron1733
    Albuquerque, NM223 contributions
    Jan 2019
    We were picked up at our motel n Te Anau by our driver,Malcolm,who gave us e cellent info and outlined our day for us. We bussed for 20-30 minutes to Manapouri Lake, where we got on our lake transfer boat for a 45 minute trip to the far end- where we saw an enormous hydro- electric plant as we disembarked and transferred back to a larger bus. Our driver,Eve, gave us a wonderful and exciting ride on a smooth gravel road over the mountain with a stop at the Doubtful sound overlook, then downt to the water to join our large, beautiful sea- going ship to see the Doubtful sound in its tirety, even going out into the Tasman sea! As soon as we left we started seeing gorgeous scenery with very dramatic loud formations that were constantly changing. As a huge waterfall fan, I was in hog-heaven as we kept seeing new waterfalls around every corner! The ship was extremely comfortable, there was good sandwiches and drinks available for reasonable prices. There was free coffee and tea. This cruise was a great complement to the Milford Sound cruise that we had done the previous day- they were both worth doing and different enough to keep up excited the entire time. The Milford Sound trip had so much exquisite scenery while we were driving in addition to the cruise, and the Doubtful Sound trip had 4 different legs each way, so we did not get bored because of all of the transitions.
    Written 3 January 2019
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