Wilderness Cruises

Doubtful Sound

When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall.

The beauty and isolation of Doubtful Sound are so compelling that it’s difficult to believe you were in civilisation just a few hours earlier.

A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.

On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery. Throughout the cruise, a specialist nature guide provides commentary and points out highlights.

Wildlife sightings are common in Doubtful Sound. Fur seals bask on rocky outcrops and the fiord’s resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are often seen in the deep waters. A day excursion to Doubtful Sound also includes a visit to Manapouri Underground Power Station (on selected departures - see "notes" section below).  Manapouri Underground Power Station is one of New Zealand’s major sources of sustainable hydro-power.

Duration 8 hours
Delicious lunch options (must be pre-ordered). Sandwiches & snacks also available on board to purchase
Visit to Manapouri Underground Power Station
Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections  (extra cost) (transfers from most accommodation)
Suitable for all ages

 

Specials

 Kids Go FREE on selected departures during NZ School Holidays!
 "20% Multi Saver" on selected excursions!

Specials will automatically be applied to your booking - details of the savings are shown on your booking summary prior to final payment.

 Dolphins are often seen
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises

 Stunning scenery of Doubtful Sound

 Take in the amazing scenery of Doubtful Sound


Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises - from Manapouri

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 7hrs 15mins - 8 hrs
1 May 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 **
Departs: 9.45am
Prices from: $220 adult / $65 child
1 Nov 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 *
Departs: 8.30am & 10.30am
Prices from: $245 - $265 adult / $65 child
1 May 2015 - 31 July 2015 *
Departs: 9.45am
Prices from: $220 adult / $65 child
1 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 **
Departs: 9.45am
Prices from: $220 adult / $65 child

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Calendar
Please note:

  • **Access to the power station may not always be possible
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • When scheduled, the 9.40am departure in October does NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station
  • From 26 May - 13 Jun 2014, the Patea Explorer is on survey. Cruises will operate using the Fiordland Navigator and the lower price reflects this change
  • * Trips departing 1 Nov 2014 - 31 July 2015 will NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station as it is closed for maintenance between these dates

Coach & Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises & Coach - from Queenstown

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 12 hrs 45 mins
1 May 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 **
Departs: 6.55am
Prices from: $247 adult / $124 child
1 Nov 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 *
Departs: 7.15am
Prices from: $275 adult / $138 child
1 May 2015 - 31 Jul 2015 *
Departs: 6.55am
Prices from: $247 adult / $124 child
1 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 **
Departs: 6.55am
Prices from: $247 adult / $124 child

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Calendar
Please note:

  • **Access to the power station may not always be possible
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • When scheduled, the 6.50am departure does NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station
  • From 26 May - 13 Jun 2014, the Patea Explorer is on survey. Cruises will operate using the Fiordland Navigator and the lower price reflects this change
  • * Trips departing 1 Nov 2014 - 31 July 2015 will NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station as it is closed for maintenance between these dates

Coach & Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruises & Coach - from Te Anau

Season: All year, daily departures
Duration: 9 hrs 45 mins
1 May 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 *
Departs: 8.45am
Prices from: $227 adult / $70 child
1 Nov 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 **
Departs: 7am & 9.30am
Prices from: $255 - $275 adult / $70 child
1 May 2015 - 31 July 2015 *
Departs: 8.45am
Prices from: $227 adult / $70 child
1 Aug 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 **
Departs: 8.45am
Prices from: $227 adult / $70 child

Find Availability and Prices
Calendar
Please note:

  • **Access to the power station may not always be possible
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • When scheduled, the 8.40am departure in October does NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station
  • From 26 May - 13 Jun 2014, the Patea Explorer is on survey. Cruises will operate using the Fiordland Navigator and the lower price reflects this change
  • * Trips departing 1 Nov 2014 - 31 July 2015 will NOT include a visit to Manapouri Power Station as it is closed for maintenance between these dates




What to bring:

Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.

Real Journeys also operates Milford Sound Cruises (day and overnight), Te Anau Glowworm Caves and TSS Earnslaw and Walter Peak Excursions.

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