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Real Journeys

Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau or Manapouri
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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. Manapouri Underground Power Station visit included (on selected departures). Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections available. Daily departures, all year.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Waiau St | Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 9643, New Zealand
+64 3-249 6000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a bucket list holiday ever since we heard about it 10 years ago. Realjourneys 7 day Preservation Inlet Discovery Expedition from Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet, exploring Dusky, Chalky and Breaksea Sounds. Shore excursions to view nature at its best, stunning landscapes and...More

Thank rsghill
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there and thanks for the amazing review for our Presevation Inlet Discovery Expedition. We are absolutely thrilled you managed to get to do this bucket list item! The trip is absolutely spectacular and are delighted you thought the same. Astronomers Point is truly breathtaking...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a review for the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, departing from Queenstown. We visit New Zealand every year and this trip was definitely one of our all time highlights. We felt privileged to be able to go to such a stunning, pristine place...More

Thank Wisehams
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there thanks for the review and five star rating! Doubtful Sound is indeed one of the most beautiful spots in New Zealand and the Overnight Cruise is the perfect way to explore and immerse yourself into this wonderful environment. We are pleased to see...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn’t make up our mind to do Milford or Doubtful Sound, hence we just went ahead with both.! Did Milford Sound one day before and the next day, joined Real Journey’s Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise. The journey from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound was...More

Thank yEeVoNy25
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora and thanks for taking the time to post this detailed review of your experience in Doubtful Sound. We totally agree that it is a hidden gem and has some of the most breathtaking scenery a person can ever lay eyes on. As you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a superb short cruise on the 'Navigator' in Doubtful sound. The ship was first class and we had a very comfortable warm cabin with two beds. When we arrived at the dock it was very misty and raining but during the afternoon the weather...More

Thank Givelin
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Givelin, thanks for the fantastic review. We are delighted to read how highly you rate this experience in Doubtful Sound. The sky down there at night is just breathtaking on a clear night! Getting both good and bad weather in Doubtful really lets...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The journey to and from the cruise does take quite a while, but it's definitely worth it. Having done both Milford Sound cruise and this cruise I can say that they are both breathtaking, but quite different experiences all around. The most amazing thing is...More

Thank dr_j_now
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the area this is a "must do". It doesn't matter what the weather is like - the scenery is out of this world. Free hot drinks are provided on board and there is an excellent commentary. It is quite a long...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Real_Journeys, Guest Relations Manager at Real Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kia Ora Pam and thanks for the amazing review. We are thrilled to read how much you enjoyed the 'out of this world' scenery. We are truly blessed to live in such a stunning corner of the world and agree that this are is a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did this trip from Te Anau, a long day traveling on mini bus, coach and boat. Made enjoyable by comfortable and clean transport. Staff were friendly and informative. We had perfect weather and a fairly small group. Managed to see dolphins and seals, maybe a...More

Thank Andrew Lucinda F
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We absolutely loved our day away. We left from Queenstown and took a bus, boat and another bus before the actual cruise started. Although very relaxing, it was a long day but very worth it. We saw some fantastic views that we will never forget...More

Thank GavandAmy
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We did the overnight cruise. Everything was handled brilliantly. Great start with our coach driver, Carl, who was full of interesting knowledge - & stories. Our kids were captivated. He also gave us some quiet time too. The cruise was very relaxing and again the...More

Thank Mandy G
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

An awesome day out with Real Journeys. Beautiful views, dolphins, penguins and an albatross completed the experience. Well worth the time and money spent, providing an intimate peaceful time in a beautiful isolated part of NZ.

Thank leoo5o8
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31 May 2016|
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Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
I think so but ask Real Journeys. They'd have people with wheelchairs often, & they're helpful people.
Joe M
1 April 2015|
Response from Real_Journeys | Property representative |
Unfortunately Real Journeys does NOT offer shuttle services to airports. However we do operate coach tours, cruises, scenic flights and activities in Queenstown, Fiordland and Stewart Island. As you don’t specify which... More