Day trip

Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

Queenstown: Scenic flight & Cruise in Doubtful Sound

From US$ 1,036.48 per person

Enjoy a full-day tour from Queenstown to Doubtful Sound, where you can admire magnificent scenery and wildlife. Enjoy scenic flights over Fiordland, cruise across Lake Manapouri, journey by coach across Wilmot Pass, and ride a catamaran to Doubtful Sound.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Complimentary pick-up at any hotel within the Queenstown CBD region. Pick-up in the greater basin can be arranged at an extra cost.
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight across the Southern Lakes, Fiordland, and the Lord of the Rings countryside
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri and visit the underground power house
  • Explore a less-travelled region away from the crowds for a true New Zealand experience
  • Enjoy a scenic coach journey across Wilmot Pass down to Deep Cove
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri passing the second largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand
Full description
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 hydro-electric power station, which was first completed in 1971 and considered a feat of engineering in New Zealand history.  Next on the tour is a coach journey across Wilmot Pass down to Deep Cove. A catamaran boat will then whisk you to the head of Doubtful Sound, where you will be inspired by the area rich in flora and fauna. At 421 meters deep, Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords in the area, and is long and winding with 3 distinct “arms”. On this scenic excursion you can look out for New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland Crested Penguin on the many small islets at the entrance of the fiord during the Penguin breeding season.
  • Transfers from hotels in Queenstown
  • Scenic return flights to Manapouri
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound
    Not suitable for
    • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    • Jacket

    Know before you go

    •  The excursion only takes place in the summer
    •  Standard cancellation policy applies
    • You are recommended to bring lunch on the excursion
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