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“Highly recomended - Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound”
Review of Real Journeys

Real Journeys
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Manapouri
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Cruise across island-studded Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass. Then explore Doubtful Sound on a three-hour cruise with our nature guide on board the modern catamaran the Patea Explorer. Wildlife sightings are likely to include dolphins, seals and penguins. Discover the 'sound of silence', rugged peaks and explore the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 2 March 2018

There was a special almost serene feeling about this trip from the point of arrival at Manapouri. The day started with a boat trip across lake Manapouri before being taken by bus on a gravel road through the bush, the road owed its existence to the hydro station built at the far end of Lake Manapouri. By this point you are already well off the beaten track. We boarded the impressive Navigator at the start of Doubtful Sound. Excellent cabin, service and food. Highlights included two lengthy encounters with bottle nose dolphins, fur seals, albatross, kayaking, swimming and the special moment when the engines were cut so we could all experience the sound of silence. Everybody from the captain, the nature guide and all members of staff were excellent and gave us an experience to remember.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank David T
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The 7.00 am start is worth it. You take a trip across Lake Manapourri and then a coach trip to Deep Water cove. The coach driver gave a highly informative, and amusing, commentary on the scenery vegetation and the trials and tribulations of building the road in this remote and difficult location. Then it's onto the boat and a fabulous journey through a magnificent fjord. We were lucky to enjoy bright sunshine and witnessed dolphins at play both on our way out and back in. We also got to see New Zealand fur seals and made a brief foray into the Tasman Sea.
We were back at Manapourri for 2.30 pm after a thoroughly enjoyable day.
The packed lunches are also good value. There is free tea and coffee,and remember to wrap up warm because it isn't always sunny (2 out of 3 days are wet).

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Wickerman41
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Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your 5 star review. We are very happy to hear you had a lovely experience and that our team took good care of you. We look forward to welcoming you back on board for another trip.
Kind Regards - The Team at Real Journeys.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Great value trip includes lake cruise, guided tour of caves, nature walk and guide talk about how the glow worms hunt, gruesome little things but fascinating. Definitely a must if in the area.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank WNHD
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

We were lucky enough that our overnight coincided with the first downpour for weeks - 200mm in one day. This meant that large and small waterfalls sprouted up everywhere.
Stunningly beautiful.
Sleeping while the boat was lashed all night was tough but quickly forgotten when daylight broke and the cliffs were awash.
Never seen anything like it and the whole trip was made better by the crew.
Sight of Chinese family making pot noodles was also worth the trip.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank kenbpfell
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

This has to be one of the best NZ tours we went on
It has to be one of the most delightful 24 hours we spent
From being picked up to being returned to the hotel 24 hours the tour was packed with sights and information on Fiordland
The staff are brilliant and share their knowledge in a lovely way
Accommodation on board is very comfortable and the food is to a very good standard
We saw dolphins seals albatross and the scenery is just beautiful

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank martindM1171XJ
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