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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Experience an 8-hour day trip into the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the heart of Fiordland National Park, while nature guides answer questions and point out landmarks. This fiord is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both are often seen. In season, you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland crested penguins. Explore Doubtful Sound's vast waterways on board a luxury Catamaran. A highlight is experiencing the unique 'Sound of Silence', where you hear only birdsong while floating on the fiord with the engines turned off.
  • Relax aboard a catamaran cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the rain forest and waterways of Fiordland National Park
  • Experience the South Island’s uncrowded wilderness and native wildlife
  • Several morning departure times to suit your New Zealand itinerary
What to Expect
Start your tour with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a drive over the Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive road to build. Make stops along the way to experience the dense rain forest of Fiordland National Park and view Doubtful Sound from above. 
Upon arrival at the water, board your spacious catamaran for the Doubtful Sound cruise. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the landmarks and wildlife that you might see, including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Depending on the conditions, you might even journey as far as the Tasman Sea.
Choose from several morning departures for your tour to Doubtful Sound, a gorgeous destination that rivals popular Milford Sound for natural beauty, yet remains less crowded. Non-slip shoes, warm fleece or sweater, waterproof jacket, sun protection, and insect repellent are recommended.
Your tour ends with return to Manapouri.
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Reviewed 3 May 2019

We chose this tour instead of Milford for no other reason than we were in the area. The tour was well organised and went smoothly. Our local tour guide, bus driver, hot choclate maker, educator and joke teller Tony was extremely good, the sort of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank GregGeelong
Reviewed 20 April 2019

Great sights, great experience and commentary. Plenty to watch and experience! A highlight of our stay in NZ!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Marc G
Reviewed 19 April 2019

We had an amazing day trip with Real Journeys. Beautiful lunch and the hostess was very friendly and even brought my 7 year old son a hot chocolate in the afternoon which was a nice touch. The only thing missing was the birds! Apart from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tara C
Reviewed 19 April 2019

My daughter and I stayed in Manapouri for the convenience of departure for this amazing cruise. It rained the day we went (the only one out of 12 while we were there) but this was great because there had been no waterfalls running for the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Carole P
Reviewed 27 March 2019

This day cruise was, for us, the most amazing experience. We took the early morning option and experienced light rain, mist and sunshine. Each turn of the weather provided us with a totally different perspective and each spectacular in its uniqueness. The bus driver, Allan,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Yes. Easy 20min drive and park
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