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 104 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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5
14/05/2019
The overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound was fantastic. It was wet and cloudy providing plenty of amazing waterfalls and great scenery. We're so glad we included this trip in our NZ itinerary.
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18/04/2019
It was one of the highlights of our trip! Easy to book and quick responses regarding our trip questions! Thank you!
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17/04/2019
An awesome experience in such a special place, well organised helpful & friendly crew & food & facilities were excellent also the amazing knowledge of its history. Would definitely visit again if had the opportunity 10 out 10.
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15/03/2019
The staff function much like a family, the interaction with each other was very positive. If they like their job then they will treat the client with the highest regard. That's how every one of them treated me. Truly a remarkable experience!
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10/03/2019
Great staff, very slickly organised, good food and accommodation - a super experience.
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02/03/2019
Without exception every one that I came across from Relaxing Journeys were so kind, friendly, knowledgeable, professional. The tour was unbelievably good and throughly enjoyable. I will use Relaxing Journeys again. A big thank you to all.
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30/01/2019
Food was very good, crew did a great job. Scenery is spectacular. Bus ride from Queenstown makes for a long day - I would recommend others stay in Te Anau to break up the journey.
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25/01/2019
Fantastic we had a little hiccup when we boarded the beautiful vessel but with the lovely Hugo to assist us we did just fine. Thank you to Hugo and all the extremely talented, friendly staff that were looking after us. We had the best time in the stunning environment of the Doubtful Sound.
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09/01/2019
We really enjoyed having the chance to spend a little longer at Milford Sound. Unfortunately, the weather was very rainy on both days, especially when we did the walk at Sand fly Point. We were all so wet, there was no way to dry our shoes and clothes. Otherwise, loved the ship (Wanderer) and the staff was excellent. Bus ride was reasonable from Te Anau and enjoyed the short stops for walks along the way.
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04/01/2019
This was a fabulous experience. The experience and professionalism of Real Journeys meant that the whole cruise was both highly organised and hugely enjoyable. The accommodation was excellent and comfortable and the food was exceptional. The only small criticism is that the the leaders of the Kayak activity made no allowance for the differentials of experience, confidence or fitness in the group, dashing ahead and leaving individuals scattered and separated.
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