Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Discover the wonder of New Zealand's second most-famous tourist destination, Doubtful Sound, on this stunning, scenic cruise departing Manapouri, Te Anau or Queenstown
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
7 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
10am to 5pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not available
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • An unforgetable three hour cruise of Doubtful Sound

  • Transport onboard the Patea Explorer

  • Fun boat ride across Lake Manapouri

  • Relaxing coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass

  • Drive through Fiordland’s beautiful rainforest

  • Delicious selection of hot drinks 

  • Commentary by a knowledgeable skipper

  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins

What to Expect

This guided cruise across Doubtful Sound is the perfect opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of New Zealand. Doubtful Sound, located in Fiordland, is the second-most-popular attraction in New Zealand thanks to its pristine wilderness, captivating mountains and natural wildlife. 


You will depart from the visitor's center at 10am from Manapouri. Then, it's time for a one-hour cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Once there, you will head to Manapouri Power Station to board a 45-minute bus over Wilmott Pass. Your cruise boat will be waiting for you when you arrive. 


On this tour, you will cruise across the sound for three hours, which will allow plenty of time to soak up your gorgeous surroundings. Be sure to have your camera ready, as you may spot dolphins or perhaps even penguins amongst other sea and sky creatures. Feel free to bring a packed lunch to enjoy as you sail. Snacks are avaible for purchase on board; cash only. 


After your tour, you will return to shore, where your bus driver will be waiting to return you to West Arm. Then, you will cruise back to Manapouri.


Departure info: Cruise departs at 10am from the Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street.

Tour Options
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise - Manapouri Departure
    FromNZD $229
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  • Doubtful Sound Cruise and Coach – Te Anau Departure
    FromNZD $249
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  • Doubtful Sound Cruise and Coach – Queenstown Departure
    FromNZD $289
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Frequently Asked Questions

The cruise departs Manapouri at 10am.

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From Manapouri it is approx. 7 hours and 30 minutes.

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

As this is a 7 hour adventure, we highly recommend you bring a packed lunch.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Cut off time for bookings is 6pm the night prior.

  • The supplier (and associated companies) reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant and equipment and alter ticket prices at any time.

  • All travellers accept responsibility for all personal items taken on any experience and are personally liable for these items at all times. The supplier is not responsible for the loss/damage to personal items taken on this experience at any time.

  • All travellers accept that the supplier is not responsible for any injury incurred during this experience as a result of carrying personal items on their person. All travellers do so at their own risk.

  • The sighting of wildlife is not a guarantee and lack of wildlife sightings is not considered reason for refund.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Transfers: Reservations can be transferred to another date (subject to availability) up to 24 hours prior to departure with no transfer fee incurred.  

  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to trip departure. Trips are non-refundable after this point.

  • We reserve the right to cancel trips or substitute another river or section of river for safety reasons.

Pickup Locations

  • Real Journeys Visitor Centre Queenstown
  • Real Journeys Visitor Centre Te Anau

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