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Doubtful Sound: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Fiordland National Park: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

    1. Fiordland National Park: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

    Spend a day in the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, located in the heart of Fiordland National Park and three times longer than Milford Sound. Self-drive to Manapouri and board a cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip across Wilmot Pass. Stop en-route to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest. At Deep Cove, board the Patea Explorer, a purpose-built catamaran, for a 2 hour and 45-minute cruise on Doubtful Sound. See waterfalls, rainforest and mountains during the cruise. You might spot the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins, the colony of fur seals at the mouth of the fiord, or even rare Fiordland crested penguins. During the cruise, knowledgeable nature guides will provide informative commentary.  When it rains in Fiordland, the landscape is dramatic - rock faces stream with waterfalls, mist hangs around the tops of the mountains, and rivers and str...

    Totally magical experience go when it’s raining (which is often) and get wet just beautiful!

  • From Te Anau: Scenic Flight to Doubtful and Milford Sound

    2. From Te Anau: Scenic Flight to Doubtful and Milford Sound

    Soar high above Lake Manapouri and deep into the heart of Doubtful Sound, also known as the "Sound of Silence" due to its remote location. The first landing is in Campbell’s Kingdom, a unique hanging valley suspended amidst mountains. See the picturesque valley that has its own waterfall and lake. From here, fly above several more fiords before arriving at Milford Sound and touring Fiordland’s most famous destination. A Milford Sound scenic flight is the best way to see all the fiord has to offer, as you will be amazed by the sheer granite cliffs and inky blue water. The second landing is at Lake Quill, high above Milford itself and is located at the head of the spectacular Sutherland Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

    3. From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

    Visit Doubtful Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You will board a luxury bus and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Enjoy informative commentary along the way from your friendly driver. From Manapouri, you will cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then board a coach to cross the alpine route of the Wilmot Pass, through some of Fiordland National Park’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, you will climb aboard a modern catamaran for a 2.75-hour cruise, exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. See waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. Your knowledgeable nature guides will provide you with engaging and informative commentary throughout. You will be treated to the sound of silence when the vessel’s engines are turned off. Experience floating on the fiord, with only ...

    A wonderful experience seeing Kiwi hospitality at its best and the most beautiful South Island scenery. great value for money. Enjoyed every minute. thanks.

  • Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

    4. Doubtful Sound: Scenic Flight with 2 Landings

    Experience the stunning Fiordland National Park from the sky. Soar high above the Iris Burn Valley and Lake Manapouri, also known as the "Lake of Many Islands". Spot the infamous West Arm Power Station on Lake Manapouri before flying up and over the Wilmot Pass into Doubtful Sound. This long and winding fiord is one of Fiordland’s deepest and is home to a number of stunning waterfalls. Your helicopter will detour into magical Campbell’s Kingdom, a beautiful hanging valley encompassing a lake and a waterfall. This is the stuff of fairytales. From here, take a peek at Bradshaw Sound before soaring over the Main Divide of the Southern Alps for a second remote landing at scenic Mount Kidd. Make sure you have the camera or phone well charged for this flight — you’ll want to revisit the scenes and landscapes you visit over and over again.

    Amazing views and almost unreal. We were just 4 people which is preferable as all manage to sit in the front seat (which Is a total different experience) Sam, the driver, hats off to him as a fantastic driver and guide. Definitely recommend it.

  • Te Anau: 40-Minute Doubtful Sound Scenic Seaplane Flight

    5. Te Anau: 40-Minute Doubtful Sound Scenic Seaplane Flight

    Take off from the Lakefront in Te Anau and explore the famous Doubtful Sound Fiordland in a way not many get the opportunity to do so aboard South Island New Zealand's only seaplane.  Fly with an experienced and personable local pilot who will conduct an informative commentary throughout your flight. Be able to listen and speak using your headset. Soar over the Doubtful Sound, which is known for being one of the deepest fiords and is long and winding with three distinct arms.  See breathtaking waterfalls and unspoiled scenery in its most dramatic form on a 40-minute flight with the upmost safety standards, operating in accordance with strict Civil Aviation New Zealand Rules.

    Amazing experience with views of layer upon layer of mountains and geographic features that are learned about but rarely seen. Excellent pilot who narrates what we see. The landing and take off are smoother than the usual planes one experiences.

  • Te Anau: Flight over Dusky and Doubtful Sound

    6. Te Anau: Flight over Dusky and Doubtful Sound

    Enjoy a local flight from the township of Te Anau to Doubtful and Dusky Sound. Fly with an experienced local pilot who will conduct an informative commentary throughout the flight. Embark on the ultimate Fiordland experience where you see over 250 islands. Experience stunning, unspoiled scenery in its most dramatic form. With a flawless safety record, your safety and comfort are taken seriously. The company operates in accordance with strict Civil Aviation New Zealand Rules.

  • Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

    7. Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

    On this full-day tour from Queenstown you will explore the beauty of Doubtful Sound, an ideal destination for travelers wanting a true New Zealand experience away from the crowds. This outstanding scenic tour includes flights between Queenstown and Manapouri, making this journey much more manageable for families compared to the slower alternative by coach. This tour of Doubtful Sound offers a wonderful opportunity for travelers who have already visited Milford Sound and want to explore more of this unique New Zealand environment. This tour is also an ideal wet weather option if Milford Sound is closed due to inclement weather because the flight to Doubtful Sound is not as weather dependent as the flight to Milford Sound. Following the glorious scenic flight, you will connect to a cruise departing from Pearl Harbor on Lake Manapouri. At the head of the lake is New Zealand's largest hydr...

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What people are saying about Doubtful Sound

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 123 reviews

The scenery in our national park is amazing and the staff and guides really know there stuff with good old kiwi hospitality thrown in.loved every second of it and would highly recommend the trip

This is a fantastic day trip. The scenery is jaw dropping. The staff are amazing friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend to all. It is a big day filled with wonder.

A wonderful experience seeing Kiwi hospitality at its best and the most beautiful South Island scenery. great value for money. Enjoyed every minute. thanks.

Had a great day! Really well organized. Excellent guides. Everything to the minute! Great wildlife. Loved it!

Totally magical experience go when it’s raining (which is often) and get wet just beautiful!