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$ 142.48 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)

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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 293 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
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My husband and I had a great time! The scenery we saw on the tour was stunning! The boats and buses we were on throughout the tour were very nice (there was space both inside and outside the boats for tourists to be, depending on their preference), the food/drinks were very good, the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable…I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Given the chance, I would absolutely take the tour again!

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March 22, 2023

Fabulous day out. Well worth the extra early start to the day. It was a real adventure and we felt like we were seeing something that is exceptionally beautiful. The highlights were the rain forest, the quiet time without the boat motor running and hearing the water and the birds. The icing on the cake were the bottlenosed dolphins jumping in the wake of the boat - fabulous day.

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March 22, 2023

Loved the boat-bus-boat experience, as well as the guides on each of them. Humor and very informative! Ofcourse, best of all was the Sound itself! Stunning views, saw dolphins and the boat stopped very close to the seal community. Expensive trip, but well worth the money!

March 22, 2023

Product ID: 126227