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Doubtful Sound Cruise -Day Tours

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Address: Lake Manapouri, Manapouri 9600, New Zealand
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Fantastic Overnight Cruise to Doubtful Sound

There are a few choices for a cruise in Doubtful Sound, but we went with Deep Cove Charters. Everything was perfect from our meeting up with Dianne to getting on board with Capt... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Binfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Took coach from Te Anau then boat then coach over pass to Doubtful Sound so quite an adventure. All very good including picnic supplied and all timings. We saw grey seals but no dolphins but did sail well out into Tasmin Sea as beautiful day. We wouldn't have missed today but not quite as special as we had hoped. Sorry... More 

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

There are a few choices for a cruise in Doubtful Sound, but we went with Deep Cove Charters. Everything was perfect from our meeting up with Dianne to getting on board with Capt Chris and his son Travis. This is a family run operation and maybe the others offer more frills, but we had a great time. From his passion... More 

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Reviewed 3 March 2017

We took the 3-hour Doubtful Sound cruise, including transportation from Te Anau. Transportation and logistics were excellent and efficient, as described in the literature. The boat was large, comfortable, and easily accommodated the 80-100 people on the tour. It was an overcast day and the views of low clouds against the walls of the fiord were quite impressive. It was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We booked through Go Orange and were very pleased with their service. Very organized and nice crew. We have been to Milford sound in the past, and found doubtful to be less crowded and equally impressive. As with both, the weather is unpredictable, but still an amazing sight. We had clear skies which meant very few waterfalls, but still a... More 

Thank ChristchurchKevin
London, England
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

From the moment we booked to leaving the boat, this was an outstanding cruise. Diane, Chris and Travis make a phenomenal team, working exceptionally hard to make sure your trip runs smoothly and creating an unforgettable experience. The boat really is the best around, care is taken to make sure everyone is looked after. The food is just out of... More 

Thank MarkBarber
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Booked through "Go Orange". Very competitively priced with discount for 2nd passenger. You don't need me to tell you that the scenery is fantastic, so I'll talk about the facilities.... we drove to Manapouri where there is free parking on the Quayside or just uphill before the Quay. Check in is easy using just your surname and there is a... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Real Journeys had the trip organized very well. Alas, it started raining when we boarded the Manapouri boat, and poured until we returned. We saw some gray seals on gray rocks surrounded by gray water, with gray clouds reaching down to the water level. My advice: check the weather forecast and book only with max. 50% risk of rain -... More 

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phnom penh
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

We were so lucky to book our last minute with Deep Cove Charters Overnight and the captain Chris Lemen. The weather was foul but at the same time it made the fiords mysterious. Chris pointed to all beautiful natural things and for all he spotted dolphins, seals, just one little pinquin and a nest of your birds. The group was... More 

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Fort Collins, CO
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58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

The 1-day trip on Doubtful Sound with Real Journeys is first rate. The scenery and relative isolation is as spectacular as it is reported to be. The two boats and bus run by Real Journeys are new and comfortable. There's a 45 minute boat ride across lake Manapouri, leading to an hour bus ride on a gravel road over Wilmot... More 

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St Albans
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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

This is an awesome trip! Dianne is fantastic handling everything from the booking through to the day starting and making sure you're organised and on the ferry across lake manapouri. Once across the lake you're met by Chris, again, super nice and down to earth he makes sure along with Travis that you're well looked after throughout the entire time.... More 

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