Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Board the Fiordland Navigator for a special dinner, bed and breakfast wilderness experience. Cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm, take a coach across the dense rainforest of Wilmot Pass then stay overnight on this traditional heritage vessel.

Tour Info

Tour Name: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
From: Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri
Cruise Type: Overnight Cruise
Price:
From (NZD) $465 per person
Tour Operator: Real Journeys
Duration: Overnight
Tour Code: RJDO

Inclusions

Lake Manapouri catamaran cruise
Coach across Wilmot Pass
Doubtful Sound cruise on the Fiordland Navigator
Spacious viewing decks
Dining saloon/fully licensed bar and observation lounge
Kayaking and tender craft/small boat activities
Accommodation is in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and quad share bunk style compartments with shared bathrooms
Picnic lunch options can be pre-ordered (day 1)
Three-course buffet dinner with a selection of mains, including a vegetarian option
Breakfast includes a choice of cooked and continental
Nature guide on board
Coach connections from Queenstown or Te Anau with courtesy transfers from most accommodation
Suitable for all ages with exception of infants in quad share
Not suitable for wheelchair passengers due to steep stairs

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* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Solo traveller prices available on request.

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TOUR DEPARTURES
This cruise departs daily & offers three departure points :

  • Self Drive passengers can depart from Manapouri at 12 noon (Summer months depart half an hour later)
  • If you are staying in Queenstown a luxury coach leaves at 8:30am
  • Or passengers can leave by luxury coach from Te Anau at 11:00am (Summer months depart half an hour later)

Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service is available from inner city Queenstown or Te Anau hotels. Pick-up and drop-off details must be advised at the time of booking.

Your Overnight Experience
With nature guides on board, the Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise offers a close-up experience of Doubtful Sound’s waterfalls, abundant wildlife, rainforest and mountains. Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions.

Cruises have a flexible itinerary that allows plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and to pause to view highlights.

Complimentary Activities
Fiordland Navigator offers a relaxed environment, where you can do as much or as little as you like. The following activities are complimentary and are available to all guests:

  • Kayaking
  • Tender craft (small boat) excursions

If relaxation is more your style, then you can choose to soak up the views from the deck, read a book, or interact with our knowledgeable crew.

As evening falls, enjoy a lavish three course buffet carvery in the dining saloon (vegetarian option available – please advise if required at the time of booking). Then relax in the company of fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin. In the morning enjoy a cooked breakfast, served in the dinning saloon.

Onboard Accommodation
The Fiordland Navigator has 18 cabins with ensuite bathroom (12 cabins with twin single beds, 6 cabins with double beds). 9 quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linen, duvet, towel and pillow are provided for both cabins and bunkrooms.

What to bring
One overnight bag only to be brought on board for passenger convenience and safety reasons. Limited lock-up storage facilities are available at the Visitor Centre in Manapouri. It is advisable to bring non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, change of clothes for kayaking, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent, swimwear (optional), camera, cash for bar and snacks.

The Vessel’s Specifications
Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built motor vessel, designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand coastal trading scow. The vessel is also equipped with kayaks and two shore tender vessels.

  • Length/Beam/Draft: 40m/10m/2.75m
  • Max Displacement: 693 Gross tonnage
  • Engines: 2 x 485KW Yanmar aye
  • Cruising Speed: 11 knots
  • Overnight Capacity: 70 passengers
  • Spacious Viewing Decks: Three
  • Sails: Three masted staysail schooner

TRIP NOTES
Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from November 2016 onwards. Itinerary and inclusions may vary for earlier departures.

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Doubtful Sound
8.30am For those departing from Queenstown a coach will pick you up from your Queenstown hotel
9.45am After boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through rolling countryside to Manapouri
11.00am For those departing from Te Anau a coach will pick you up from your Te Anau hotel (Summer months depart half an hour later).For those travelling from Queenstown, stop in Te Anau for a break
11.30pm From Te Anau, travel by luxury coach for a short trip through the rolling countryside to Manapouri
12.00pm Board the luxury catamaran and cross Lake Manapouri (Self Drive passengers may join the cruise here. Summer months depart half an hour later)
2.00pm Board the Fiordland Navigator
7.30pm Buffet Dinner is served in the dining saloon
9.00pm Dinner complete. Relax, unwind, view the stars and take in the stillness of staying overnight on a luxury vessel anchored in a sheltered bay
Day 2
Doubtful Sound
7.00am Breakfast to be served in the dining saloon
8.30am Retrace journey back towards Lake Manapouri
10.00am Disembark Navigator
11.45am Arrive at Manapouri
12.45pm Te Anau passengers leave the coach
3.30pm Queenstown passengers leave the coach
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There are 90 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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5
01/10/2018
We had the most wonderful trip. The boat is luxurious and the staff were always happy helpful excited. The food was delicious and plentiful. We are so glad we did this amazing adventure in this breath taking area of New Zealand. Thanks.
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22/09/2018
This was a wonderful experience enjoyed immensely by both myself and my husband. A truly unforgettable journey.
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11/09/2018
Great experience, best part of our two and half week holiday. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone and in fact have done so already.
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13/05/2018
An amazing tour a must do! Friendly staff, food was great. Even though the bunk beds were small it was neat and tidy. Overall one of the highlights of our trip!!! We had perfect weather but the staff and other travellers who came back a second time told us if it rains it is more spectacular so we cant wait to come back again! Thanks for an amazing experience. Will highly recommend this cruise to family and friends.
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08/05/2018
Amazing scenery. Staff were very welcoming. Food was great and the cabin was very well appointed.
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09/04/2018
Tour was extremely well organised - launch and bus transfer to ship. The ship itself was very well designed and suitable for the experience. Our cabin was ideal and well appointed. The crew were extremely able, helpful, happy and eager to help. I have marine engineering background and Glen (skipper) was very happy to engage my interests in the ship. The food via Philip was high quality and generously prepared. Carol, the naturalist, was a charming lady and very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, all experiences and meeting the other passengers. We cannot recommend this cruise highly enough.
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03/03/2018
In short it was amazing. Couldn't get enough of it.
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01/03/2018
This was the best thing we did in New Zealand. Everything was perfectly organized and we ha an absolute wonderful time.
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02/02/2018
My husband and I traveled from the US to vacation in New Zealand for a month. During our 2800 kilometer journey of the South Island, we took the advice of friends and we booked a 2-night cruise on the Fiordland Navigator into Doubtful Sound. It turned out to be the highlight of our trip. Besides being stunned by the sheer beauty of the sound, we saw an albatross, seals, dolphins, a Fiordland Penguin and numerous water birds. We thoroughly enjoyed our outing along the shore of the sound in sea kayaks. The staff were well organized, safety conscious and courteous. Our on board naturalist did talks about history, geology and the animals of the sound while the on board chef and his staff created delicious meals. We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable interlude in our travels and we both highly recommend this tour to everyone traveling in Fiordland National Park.
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27/01/2018
The Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise was a magical experience! We spent 8 weeks in New Zealand and this was the thing I was most excited about...it did not disappoint! The staff, though small, was efficient very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was wonderful! The scenery is simply stunning and I loved kayaking and swimming. We were greeted in the morning by a pod of very playful dolphins. Just delightful. I would highly recommend taking this cruise!
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