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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
64 Waiau Street , 64 Waiau Street, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand

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

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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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Doubtful Sound Day Cruise
Bruno_L
, Apr 2022
A unique experience to access the wild and beautiful Doubtful Sound. We saw dolphins and seals and experienced the silence in this remote area. Excellent service too!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for visiting Bruno! How exciting is it to see dolphins in Doubtful Sound?! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience.
star-5
Place of varying moods
Pam_S
, Apr 2022
Rainbows, seals, dolphins, sound of bird life in the silence, reaching the Tasman sea, exploring different arms of Doubtful Sound, watching waterfalls, varying mood and weather effects.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
The perfect recipe for the best day exploring Doubtful Sound! Thank you for this review Pam, we really appreciate it.
star-5
Stunning
Ken_O
, Apr 2022
Good commentary by all staff and beautiful scenery and all seasons whether Great to be able to sample the Tasman see as well
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We're thrilled to hear such positive feedback! Thank you for taking the time to post this review about your Doubtful Sound experience. It sounds like an amazing day.
star-5
New Zealand at its best
Sandra_C
, Mar 2022
Spectacular scenery, wildlife and interesting and informative commentary. Loved the sound of silence at Crooked Arm. A rare opportunity to experience the forest birdsong across the water.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review and the feedback on the sound of silence - we think this is a really special experience and so happy we could share it with you.
star-5
Stunning memorable day!
Peter_F
, Mar 2022
Stunning scenery all day. Very different experience on a cloudless hot day compared to wet and windy...no waterfalls at all but still wonderful. The cruise across Manapouri and the the drive with fun guides to the Sound made for a great day and it did not feel like nearly 8 hours went by.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review. You were lucky to get a beautiful sunny day in Doubtful Sound to take in all the scenery which is definitely a change from the wet days that we also see a lot of in there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Day Trip to Doubtful Sound is an experience not to be missed
Anonymous
, Feb 2022
This 7 hour day trip involves 3 boat trips and a bus connection - a unique combination. First, you travel by boat from Manapouri to the West Arm of Lake Manapouri, then travel by bus across Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. Wilmot Pass is an expensive stretch of road with amazing views of Doubtful Sound, only accessible by boat! You then board another boat at Doubtful Sound which takes you right out into the Tasman Sea where you can enjoy the wildlife including NZ fur seals basking on the rugged rocks. The whole experience is then reversed, returning to your original departure point at Manapouri. Well worth every cent.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
World class experience
Donald_P
, Feb 2022
Superb tour, with a tour guide, Tony, who was totally client focussed and passionate about his job and the geographical area. Excellent commentary and a chance to experience the essence of the wilderness when the boat stopped and we immersed ourselves in silence for a few minutes. We took this tour under Covid red alert setting when masking was obligatory. Masks are not pleasant for anyone on a long day, but they are a fact of life at the moment . A few clients on the tour took off their masks once they were on board and seated which was the only negative aspect of the day.
star-5
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.

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