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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Manapouri, New Zealand
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Overview

Explore Fiordland National Park's Doubtful Sound on this full-day cruise from Manapouri. Aboard a luxury catamaran, take in the scenery and keep an eye out for fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and crested and little blue penguins while listening to commentary from your naturalist guide.
  • Full-day cruise on Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park
  • Cruise aboard a luxury catamaran
  • Commentary from a naturalist guide
  • Photo ops of pristine natural scenery
  • Look out for several penguin species
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Live commentary on board
Coffee and tea
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

64 Waiau Street, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand

Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure to check in.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand's most expensive road over the Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.

In Doubtful Sound, you will board our spacious catamaran for a cruise through the pristine fjord. During the cruise our knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

What to bring: Non-slip shoes/boots, a waterproof jacket, a warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Doubtful Sound
Take in the scenery and wildlife aboard our comfortable catamaran. Our on board nature guides will be giving an informative commentary throughout the journey.
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Manapouri
Cruise across Lake Manapouri to the Wilmot Pass at the beginning of your journey.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing, and a rain jacket or hat, as necessary
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers
  • OPERATED BY RealNZ
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri.

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  • "Don't let a rainy forecast stop you from taking this trip." See review

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Awesome day out ,heavy...
Greg_L
, Nov 2021
Awesome day out ,heavy rain weather but views were specular with plenty of waterfalls ,ticked off our bucket list
star-5
Incredible!
Ali
, Jul 2021
Fantastic experience. Great crew, excellent vessels and an absolutely stunning landscape. Highly recommend.
star-5
Magic
Jeanette_H
, Apr 2021
Where to start! Just a really special day all round. Staff were friendly, informative and gave just the right amount of commentary. Doubtful Sound itself would have to be the most memorable part - beautiful, peaceful and dramatic. Both the trip over Manapouri and the bus trip over the Wilmot Pass were enjoyable as well.
star-5
Loved that we changed...
MARION_M
, Apr 2021
Loved that we changed from boat to bus to boat with different staffing styles in each section. Our bus driver had an awesome quirkey dry sense of humour.
star-5
unmissable
Lynne_S
, Mar 2021
participate in NZ engineering history while also viewing the stunning lake scenery and the relatively unseen post glacial majesty of the fjords all in one outing - - mind blowing!
star-5
Unique
Pam_C
, Mar 2021
The whole trip exceeded my expectations. Eve gave excellent commentary on the bus trip. Scenery spectacular
star-5
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Excellent.
David_W
, Jan 2021
Majestic scenery. Sense of remoteness. Excellent staff & commentary. Very good driver to Manapouri. Fabulous day out.
star-5
Ab fab cruise.
David_W
, Dec 2020
Excellent, friendly staff. Well informed. Lovely ship. Awesome scenery. Absolutely loved this cruise.
star-5
An excellent day trip to a remote area of NZ
Stuart_J
, Nov 2020
Informative documentary by staff. Stunning scenery. Comfortable transportation n land and on the water.
star-5
Doubtful Sound
Maria_S
, Mar 2020
Doubtful sound is magnificent. We saw hundreds of waterfalls amidst the most beautiful scenery on earth. It was quieter and not at all touristy like Milford Sound. Highly recommended.

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