Manapouri: Fiordland National Park Doubtful Sound Cruise

Activity provider: RealNZ

Manapouri: Fiordland National Park Doubtful Sound Cruise

Activity provider: RealNZ
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From US$ 144.18 per person

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Travel to an untouched world in Fiordland National Park. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, ride over Wilmot Pass in a coach, and explore the magical waterways of Doubtful Sound.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise across the crystal-clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • Learn about the region's flora and fauna from a knowledgeable nature guide
  • Be on the lookout for dolphins, seals and even penguins
Full description

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 bus 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, rainforests, 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 streams rage.  From a dry comfortable vantage point on board the bus or vessel, this landscape is spectacular.

Be prepared for rainfall during your visit. Many say you have not seen Fiordland unless you have seen it in the rain. At the end of your tour, be returned to the departure point.

  • Lake Manapouri cruise
  • Transportation by bus
  • Commentary on the bus
  • Doubtful Sound cruise
  • Guide on cruise
  • Live commentary during the cruise
  • Drinks (available for purchase, cash only)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Check-in at the Real NZ Visitor Center in Manapouri.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Allow approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive to Manapouri from Queenstown and 30 minutes to drive to Manapouri from Te Anau
  • It is recommended to bring clothing and footwear for cool and wet weather
  • Only cash is accepted for purchases onboard
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 221 reviews

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The whole trip was excellent. The weather was also very kind and remained sunny all day. The scenery from both boat rides is interesting but the ride on Doubtful Sound is absolutely stunning and “”No Doubt”” we will be boring our friends and relatives for a long time to come with all tth e pictures we took. When we booked the trip we were never aware that we could book a lunch package. We took our own anyway as the tripis a 7 hour delight.

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November 28, 2022

We have been waiting two years to do this trip and it didn't disappoint. The whole day was outstanding and the scenery was unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking on our way to and into Doubtful Sound. The seals were gorgeous and were out sunning themselves at the end of the Sound. Real NZ, the tour organisers, are wonderful operators, precision plus at the very best. All their staff are so knowledgeable and are great fun, they made the day so enjoyable. Thanks Real NZ for the bestest day out, it was perfect and to see the most beautiful old growth forests and pure nature at its best was just gorgeous. Make sure you book this trip when coming to Te Anau, New Zealand, you will love it. You do it the best RealNZ!! Cheers Cecily and John from Umina, OZ.

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November 10, 2022

I am a photographer and this was my one opportunity to see this beautiful sound. The process is very smooth and they followed up before we boarded the first boat to make sure I was there. You had the choice of being inside or outside on the boats so dress for the cold wind. The commentary was excellent on all stages and they made sure you saw as much of everything on the trip as possible. Good food and coffee was available on the boat in the sounds.

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November 7, 2022

Product ID: 126227