We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Doubtful Sound vs Milford Sound”
Review of Real Journeys

Real Journeys
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Choose a Real Journeys Milford Sound Scenic Cruise and experience the fiord's majestic scenery from the comfort of our spacious modern vessels. Exceptional viewing opportunities, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. Look out for seals, dolphins and penguins en route, cruise close to waterfalls and enjoy the magnificent vistas. Informative commentaries in several languages. Delicious lunches available. Departs Milford Sound (all year). Coach connections also available from Te Anau and Queenstown. Fly back option to Queenstown available (extra cost).
Reviewed 6 December 2018

We did overnight cruises at both Milford and Doubtful and they were both spectacular in different ways. The experiences on both were absolutely incredible. From the minute we arrived, the staff were absolutely amazing, and soon knew us by name. The food was outstanding and the views were better than I imagined. We saw dolphins, seals and penguins in Doubtful, and seals and penguins in Milford.!

I would HIGHLY recommend doing both. Milford Sound is special in that it is far more iconic and the drive in is fantastic too! But I would recommend doing this one first and Doubtful Sound second, because there are less tourists which just made for a more enjoyable experience for me. I really couldn't pick just one though, I loved them both!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NomadsAdventures
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,649)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"milford mariner"
in 179 reviews
"overnight cruise"
in 295 reviews
"milford wanderer"
in 53 reviews
"nature cruise"
in 129 reviews
"new zealand"
in 167 reviews
"tasman sea"
in 137 reviews
"the bus"
in 210 reviews
"te anau"
in 260 reviews
"slide show"
in 19 reviews
"next morning"
in 61 reviews
"water activities"
in 21 reviews
"nature guide"
in 50 reviews
"before dinner"
in 16 reviews
"doubtful sound"
in 57 reviews
"box lunch"
in 15 reviews
"tender boat"
in 18 reviews
"south island"
in 63 reviews

27 - 31 of 1,649 reviews

Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Real journey gave us the worst experience of NZ,uncooperative rude staff who are just interested in money money n money..would not recommend any of ill to travel from this company they will just do anything possible to ruin your holiday

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank abhayjain81108811
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

We did both tours with Real Journeys and both were epic and inspiring. Out of the 2 we preferred Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound tour picked us up from Queenstown at the Real Journeys office and took the 2-3 drive to Manapouri where you board a boat for an hour ( beautiful) then the tour really starts with a final 1 hour bus through thick bush with an exceptional tour guide all with really interesting stops and photo ops. When you stop and see DS for the first time it is unbelievable

You board the boat and from minute one are treated like kings, the crew and staff were amazing, so passionate about the region and the nature plus so knowledgable. Our cabin was great, more spacious than we were expecting as told to leave tour large suitcases in Queenstown but we had plenty of room.

The Navigator is huge and comfortable with a bar and restaurant and numerous great vantage points to view the wonders of Doubtful Sound. It’s a truly mesmerising place and the staff made the experience by explaining so well the history, nature and how it was formed. We go lucky and saw a huge amount of whales, surrounding the boat for over an hour and the captain just turned off the engines and let all the passengers and crew enjoy the experience ( probably 20-30 Humpbacks, why better than Kiakouria ) we also saw penguins, seals, Albertross etc

It was a pretty moving experience and very special. We did Milford Sound also a few days after but felt that was a bit more production line and is a lot more touristy

DS you get at least 3-4 hours more on the boat, Milford we didn’t board till after 4 and were off around 9.20am next day. Everything on MS was a bit more rushed, ie the boat trip on DS was one of the highlights, we were out in the water for ages exploring up and close the fjords but at MS we were on and off quite quickly. Overall the staff made the difference, DS gets 10k visitors a year whereas MS is 1m so it feels like they care more, understand more and more knowledgable and appreciative

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank T6208SWmattd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

Did the cruise earlier today, 1.5 hour long and it was amazing!! Spectacular views from the boat! Highly recommend.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kmariee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

Milford is now my favourite place on earth. This nature cruise was fantastic I would highly recommend booking with this company. We booked on line and got a free lunch which was a very nice touch. The lad doing the commentary was fantastic and sat and spoke with us about the different NZ wildlife. We saw dolphins penguins and seals and had wonderful sunshine. The boat we sailed on was magnificent. One of my favourite trips in NZ you will not be disappointed if you book.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LynseyUK55
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Real Journeys also viewed

Milford Sound, Southland Region
Milford Sound, Southland Region
Milford Sound, Southland Region

Been to Real Journeys? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing