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Discover the breath-taking, pristine wilderness scenery of Doubtful Sound, deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park with RealNZ.
Manapouri, New Zealand
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2023

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Diane C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had the best trip on both boats and bus. All of the staff were very well informed and did a great job. The scenery was stunning and commentary excellent. Would highly recommend this trip
Written 11 April 2024
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Ali C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Hard to find words to describe this experience. Our day started in fog and mist, then brilliant sunrise, followed by bright blue sky and ending in overcast clouds.
This day is forever etched into my memory bank. The dolphins came to play with us. the sea was calm and when the engines stopped the silence was sublime.
Next time I'm booking the overnight stay.
Written 11 April 2024
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AnnieMValparaiso
Thousand Palms, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lovely boat ride across Lake Te Anau to a really cool cave with water gushing throughout. The ramps and lookouts built within were great. And then, the glowworms! They are magical! An in-cave boat ride lets you experience the glowworms in complete darkness and quiet. Spectacular experience.
Last but not least, our guide was amazing!! Voted best guide in NZ by our group :). We learned many interesting and kind of disgusting facts about the glow worms. Highly recommend this tour.
Written 10 April 2024
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jeffski2017
Chicago, IL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We did the overnight Doubtful Sound cruise with RealNZ. We were nervous due to some sketchy weather and were worried we spent a decent chunk of change for nothing. We couldn't have been more wrong!

First, huge hat-tip to the crew. The young ladies (Molly, Ashley, Hannah, and Grace) were attentive, super friendly, knowledgeable, and service oriented. It was fun to see how genuinely excited they were to experience the Sound's teeming waterfalls. The captain (Riordan, I believe) had an open bridge policy and we chatted with him for a while. Super nice guy and an incredibly experienced sailor. The cook (never caught his name) made delightful meals from scratch, as well as all kinds of snacks and other treats.

The sights are amazing. Do the overnight tour for more time in the Sound to ensure you see as much as you can. Jump in the kayaks even if it is raining. Eat as much as you can.

This tour was professional and worth every penny. NZ has a lot of highlights, and this is certainly one of the best.
Written 6 April 2024
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Getaway55732879238
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Enjoyed the ferry trip across Te Anau Lake to get to the Cave & back. From the staff at the reception to the tour guides on the ferry & at the cave were friendly & had good sense of humour. The young German female tour guide at the cave helped us feel at ease going into the dark cave with heavy rushing water below us. Was short but still incredible seeing these glow worms in their element. The evening tour was a good way to end the day too
Written 5 April 2024
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David L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Tour was cancelled by the operator due to bad weather . RealNZ advised me of the cancellation and a refund was made to trip advisor . As yet I haven’t received a refund
Written 4 April 2024
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Martin L
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a fantastic highlight of our south island tour. After a very enjoyable boat ride across the lake, we boarded one of 2 coaches taking us over the pass to the mooring of the Fjordland Navigator. A great crew on board, enthusiastic and very informative about the background and flora/forna of the sound. We saw dolphins and shearwaters at close quarters. The food was excellent, our cabin was comfortable and the whole experience was unforgettable. The highlight was probably the sound of silence, where the engines and generator were stopped, so you could hear nothing but the birds and the breeze! Awesome.
Written 29 March 2024
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valda S
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The boat ride across the lake was fun and informative and the glow worm caves were beautiful complete with rushing water and a small waterfall.I think it should be stated that you cant take photos in the caves at the time of ticket purchase. i understand the reason for this but was a bit disappointed all the same.
Guides were friendly and professional
Written 28 March 2024
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Epps Adventures
Mesa, AZ115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Doubtful Sound is WONDERFUL, and the scenery on the drive is diverse stunning. There was a lot of commentary, but it was all very informative and fun.
The staff was great. From the front desk to the guides, we had excellent service and felt well taken care of.
We pre-ordered lunch, and were glad we did. Otherwise we would have been quite hungry. There is a café at the stop before the first boat, but you don't have much time to go to the bathroom, order, and wait for food, so ordering a pre-packed lunch is a great option. If you can't find where to pick up your lunch, they will load it on the boat for you, you just have to ask. There is a sign that we didn't see until the boat was pulling away, but they had our meals on the boat anyway. Thankfully!
If you are trying to decide on Doubtful vs Milford, I believe the main differences are that Milford is more spectacular in terms of mountain height, and Doubtful has more waterfalls. SO MANY WATERFALLS! I also have heard that Doubtful is less touristy. We didn't do Milford, but this is what we heard from people on our tour who did both.
It is a long day though, and it will likely rain, so pack for cold/wet. We spent a lot of time in our jackets, especially because we chose to sit outside on the boat rides. Totally worth it though!! I wish I had packed a scarf, beanie, or something to cover my ears!
Also, if you get seasick, take meds. The boat is mostly steady, but as it got closer to the sea it definitely started rocking quite a bit.
Overall, I would 100% recommend this company for a Doubtful Sound tour, or any other tour they may offer. We had a great day.
Written 25 March 2024
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susannerussell
Boston, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Awesome opportunity to view prehistoric limestone cave network and home of magnificent glowworms. A must do activity when in TeAnau. Guides were fantastic navigating us through the caves, and providing history of the limestone formations. Highly recommended!!!
Written 22 March 2024
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