Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Escape to the peace and tranquility of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise.
Doubtful Sound, New Zealand

What's Included

  • Get up to $70 cash back per person when you book with us
  • An overnight cruise along Doubtful Sound onboard the Mariner, which blends old-world charm with modern comforts
  • 1 or 2-night accommodation in a double or twin-share cabin with ensuite, with all linen provided (single occupancy also available)
  • hearty chef-prepared 3-course buffet dinner & delicious breakfast, with tea & coffee included
  • The chance to explore the Sound up close with the use of kayaks & tender craft
  • The opportunity for wildlife encounters with dolphins, fur seals & penguins
  • Services of a specialist nature guide on board, who provides insightful commentary
  • Scenic boat & coach transfers from the meeting point across Lake Manapouri & Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove
  • Departs from the meeting point at RealNZ Visitor Centre, 64 Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri

What's Excluded

  • Lunch on either day – BYO is suggested
  • Drink & snack purchases from the license onboard bar

What to Expect

Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Mariner takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound overnight experience.


Your itinerary starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Finally, arriving at Deep Cove, you’ll be met by the crew and the majestic Mariner vessel.


Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Mariner blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with a fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.


As you cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, the knowledgeable nature guides will provide commentary, ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter.


After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or to simply relax onboard. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. Of course, all activities are weather dependent. 


In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by the onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at the licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.


Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast menu and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Finally, you’ll return to Deep Cove, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was.


Where we Visit:

  • Doubtful Sound
  • Wilmot Pass
  • Lake Manapouri


Terms & Conditions:

  • The Operator reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant and equipment, amend specials or offers and alter ticket prices at any time.
  • Please note that you cannot book a twin room if you are traveling alone, please book a single occupancy option.
  • The Operator strongly recommends travel insurance for all the experiences, especially for those that require longer notification periods for cancellation. 
  • The majority of the vessels and all coaches are smoke-free zones, no smoking will be permitted onboard. Smoking is only allowed in the designated area on the overnight and multi-day cruise.

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds are given if a cancellation is made within 14 days of travel
  • Changes to your travel date may be offered subject to notifying The Operator at least five days prior to travel. Amendments within five days of travel will result in no refund
  • If a booking is made within 14 days of travel, there is a date amendment period of 24 hours immediately after booking. Please contact the operator as soon as possible

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