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 Name:||Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise|
|From:||Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri|
|Cruise Type:||Overnight Cruise|
|Tour Operator:||Real Journeys|
|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|
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.
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:
- 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.
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
Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from November 2016 onwards. Itinerary and inclusions may vary for earlier departures.
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
|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|
|7.00am||Breakfast to be served in the dining saloon|
|8.30am||Retrace journey back towards Lake Manapouri|
|11.45am||Arrive at Manapouri|
|12.45pm||Te Anau passengers leave the coach|
|3.30pm||Queenstown passengers leave the coach|
There are 87 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.
Ray the captain was also interesting, very accommodating and I enjoyed visiting his pilot house to see what he does. The food was bountiful and very tasty. The always available coffee, tea and hot chocolate was excellent. My sister and I really appreciated our elderly father being upgraded from the quadshare room we had booked to a single cabin on a higher deck (meaning less stairs and less walking). Thank you so much for that thoughtful and kind gesture. Naturally Doubtful Sound itself was fascinating and interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing it, even in the rain and cold. When we planned our 8 day trip to NZ Fiordland country, we expected the overnight Doubtful Sound trip to be the highlight. You certainly did not let us down. Thank you.
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