Doubtful Sound Nature Cruise | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Wilderness Cruise Only)

Doubtful Sound Nature Cruise | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Wilderness Cruise Only)

This is the perfect tour for people on a self drive New Zealand holiday. Begin with a cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland and Doubtful Sound's most dense rainforest.

On reaching Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran vessel, the Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea.

It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone.

On the return cruise, the vessel’s engines are turned off and visitors are treated to the 'sound of silence'. Complimentary tea and coffee are available on all vessels (Lunch must be pre-ordered when booking). Suitable for all ages.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Manapouri to Manapouri
Price:
From (NZD) $275 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: RJ300

Inclusions

Cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm
Coach crossing of Wilmot Pass
3 hour cruise on Doubtful Sound aboard the Patea Explorer catamaran
Morning and Afternoon Tea
*Deluxe Picnic Lunch (at additional cost and must be pre-ordered). Note: Meals are not available for purchase on the vessels
Specialist commentary in English is provided on board the vessel and by the coach driver. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Visitor Centre, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri
  • Departure Time: 8.00am (1 Nov-30 Apr), 9.45am (1 May-30 Sep), 10.30am (1 Oct-30 Apr)
  • Duration: 8 hours (approximately)
  • Return Details: 3.15pm (1 Nov–30 Apr), 5.15pm (1 May-30 Sep) & 5.45pm (1 Oct-30 Apr)
  • Closed: Christmas Day

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-14 years inclusive (0-4 years years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • What to Bring: Comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket, warm clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and camera
  • Specialist commentary in English is provided on board the vessel and by the coach driver. Interpretation handouts are available in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese
  • Experienced drivers have extensive knowledge of the Fiordland regions
  • Luxury 47 seater Volvo coaches with reclining seats and air conditioning.
  • Cruise on Fiordland Flyer or Fiordlander Class Launch for Lake Manapouri. Cruise on Patea Explorer in Doubtful Sound. Note: The Fiordland Navigator substitutes for the Patea Explorer when this vessel is away on survey
  • * Deluxe picnic lunch includes Beef sandwich on Turkish bread (beef, cheese, cucumber, sprouts, capsicum, lettuce and chutney), Ham and cheese filled croissant, Fruit (apple and grapes), Cake selection (chocolate muesli brownie, apricot and coconut slice), Cheese and crackers, Dried fruit and nut mix, After dinner mint & Complimentary Tea and Coffee (indicative only)

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

Tourism Affiliations

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4.9/5.0

There are 35 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
25/03/2018
The scenery, service & crew were awesome. Thanks to everyone involved!
Overall Tour Rating

5
13/01/2018
Doubtful Sound day cruise was excellent and weather helped for blue skies in photos! Dolphins and seals made more lively and the scenery was beautiful. Boats were well organised so all went well for the day. Thank you Toni for booking.
Overall Tour Rating

5
27/12/2017
Couldn't have been better.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/02/2017
The Doubtful Sound trip was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand. It was far superior to the more popular Milford Sound excursions, and excellent value for money. Cruise across Lake Manapouri to be met by a bus to take you over the pass and down to Doubtful Sound for a 3 hour cruise. Spectacular scenery and plenty of wildlife.
Overall Tour Rating

5
13/02/2017
The most beautiful day I have ever spent touring, full of information and grandeur on a monumental scale. Out of all the other fabulous sightseeing opportunities in New Zealand, this natural phenomenon offers unparalleled experiences from beginning to end.
Overall Tour Rating

5
13/02/2017
We bought the so called \"delux\" lunch. Too much bread, crackers, cakes. Not gourmet. Perhaps raw veggies with a dip, two pieces of fruit, a boiled egg? NZ has fabulous cheeses, raw nuts, stone fruits (at this time of year.) We appreciated the hot coffee and tea and the opportunity to buy expression drinks.
Overall Tour Rating

5
11/12/2016
A wonderful well planned day, fabulous boat, informative and approachable guides and bus driver. We could have stayed there forever! A most memorable day. Having to carry our lunch boxes from the beginning of the day was not ideal but with special diets accommodated I have no complaints.
Overall Tour Rating

5
22/03/2016
What an excellent way to spend a day. Gorgeous scenery, amazing wildlife and a faultless tour not to mention fabulous luck with the weather. To miss Doubtful Sound is a crime!!
Overall Tour Rating

4
18/01/2015
Although the weather was not the best, it created an ethereal, mystical mood for our cruise up Doubtful Sound. The staff were most informative and helpful. Being Australian, the topography was very different to what I am used to and so it intrigued me. I found the whole experience very enjoyable and worthwhile.
Overall Tour Rating

5
17/03/2014
We were in New Zealand for 24 days and this definitely was a highlight. We were disappointed at first because of the weather abit drizzly but it actually added to the day. We were in the wilderness with only our other travellers, hundreds of waterfalls and we appreciated that we were able to do this cruise. A perfect day. Thank you great captains and crews on each boat and our bus driver great guide and driver.
Overall Tour Rating

5
04/01/2014
The tour went very smoothly and the staff were very helpful and instructive. The commetary during the tour was most informative and pitched at a good level. We purchased the lunch and it was a good, diverse, and quite generous in size. Overall we had a very good day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
28/12/2013
Well organised and run. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The weather was perfect, allowing us to see all the wildlife, including the tiny Blue Penguins. Overall, highly recommended.
Overall Tour Rating

5
15/11/2013
There was the four of us. This was our first time in Doubtful Sound, we absolutely loved it. Everything went well, from the service at the office in Manapouri, to the boat trip in the sound, until the end. Stunning beautiful nature, comfortable boat, nice crew, captain and coach drivers. Not so good was the sandwich from the pre-ordered lunch. A bit soggy. We aren't English speakers and had difficulty understanding the commentary which otherwise seemed to be very informative. Thank you for a great day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
08/10/2013
From the moment of booking our tour in Australia we found the service excellent. The tour itself was beautiful and so diverse in the scenery, the staff on the day whether it was on the bus, boat or in the reception were most hepfull and carried out any request with a smile. We would recommend this tour to people as it was not hurried, noisy, very peacefull, comfortable and most enjoyable.
Overall Tour Rating

4
08/08/2013
Informative commentry from all personnel and althought the weather was rainy and misty on the day of our tour the scenery was spectacular with numerous waterfalls cascading into the sound. Well worth the visit and would recommend very highly.
Overall Tour Rating

5
11/02/2013
A really wonderful day out - staff were helpful and interesting to talk to about the Sound and its flora and fauna and the scenery is fantastic. The commentary on the catamaran was very informative and the captain got up close and personal with several cliff faces which was amazing. My highlight was seeing the dolphins - quite an emotional moment. I can only say that the day was terrific and I had such a brilliant time. Thank you everyone who made it possible.
Overall Tour Rating

4
09/02/2013
The tour ran very smoothly and the operators were customer friendly and knowledgeable. The boat we went on was well equipped , modern and gave a good sense of security. The driver / guide on the bus link from end of Lake Manapouri to the Fjiord was amusing, enthusiastic, and again well informed about the local environment. The poor visibility and rain on the day of my tour made it less of an experience than I was hoping for, but that was not a fault of the tour operator.
Overall Tour Rating

5
22/01/2013
Tour of Doubtful Sound was excellent. Organisation, guides, boats and travel all very good. Thank you.
Overall Tour Rating

5
30/11/2012
Highly enjoyable day which met all expectations. In particular the all the staff carried out their duties in a highly professional manner but with good humour and friendliness. I would be more than happy to endorse this tour.
Overall Tour Rating

5
05/11/2012
Wow! what a fantastic day, beautiful scenery, commentary excellent very informative and interesting. We would highly recommend this trip.
Overall Tour Rating

5
05/04/2012
We would like to thank the staff of Relaxing Journeys. We had the most wonderful day in the Sounds. The weather was perfect and you sure live up to your name. We had such a relaxing jorney. The boat was extremly clean and the picnic lunch was just sooooo nice! All the staff just seem to be very happy and relaxed. I supose you would have to be, given what you get to do each day. Thanks again. We will be back with your company on our next trip to NZ.
Overall Tour Rating

5
23/02/2012
This was probably the best trip we did while in New Zealand. The staff on the tour were so knowledgeable and friendly and adapted our trip according to the weather conditions. We saw Dolphins and Seals up close and glimpsed penguins at a distance. The trip boats were very comfortable and so was the coach used to take us across the Wilmot Pass to the start of Doubtful Sound.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/02/2012
A very enjoyable day being treated to the outstanding natural views of Doubtful Sound and the Manapouri Power Project aboard well kept boats and buses with very friendly and knowlegable staff narrating our adventure.
Overall Tour Rating

5
11/02/2012
This was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ - An excellent trip well organised and the lunch was first class. Highly recommended and we have alkready told a number of friends coming to NZ it is a must!
Overall Tour Rating

5
02/02/2012
It was an excellent trip along Doubtful Sound and we were lucky to have chosen a beautiful sunny day during the journey we saw seals, dolpins and the rare yellow eared penguins, the staff were very good pointing out things as we travelled, very informed the captain even stopped the boat at one point whilst dolphins played about, marvellous! Well worth the money for the fantastic day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
07/01/2012
We were blessed with perfect weather and Doubtful Sound has to be about the most beautiful place I have ever been to. The organisation was perfect, the lunch and refreshments excellent, and the bottle-nosed dolphins a real bonus.
Overall Tour Rating

5
01/01/2012
The scenery is spectacular. On a cold and wet day the water streamed from the sides of the fijord with a myriad of waterfalls, some temporary due to the amount of rain in the previous 36 hours and others permenant. We sat at the back of the boat under cover but able to experience the elements - the greennesss, cloud and striking location was primordial. When we stopped in the West Arm with the motors of the boat ceased for a few moments the sense of wonder with sound of water running from top and sides of the valley down to the sound and the birds was to be at one with the primitive beautiful landscape. A tonic for the soul and the environment unspoilt by commercialism.
Overall Tour Rating

5
29/12/2011
We really enjoyed the Doubtful Sound Cruise, everything went to plan. Thank you.
Overall Tour Rating

5
11/04/2011
We would thoroughly recommend this tour. Our guides were very informative, excellent communicators and were genuinely interested in our welfare and safety. We ordered lunch packs which were scrumptious and more than ample. Thank you so much for a wonderful day!
Overall Tour Rating

5
09/04/2011
We were lucky to have beautiful weather so Doubtful Sound was stunning. The full tour across Lake Manapouri, the Wilmot Pass traverse, Doubtful Sound and the Manapouri Hydro Station was very well organised and the quality of transport was excellent. Staff were helpful and friendly. The on-board commentary on Doubtful Sound was very informative. We would certainly put such a visit in the 'must-do' category!
Overall Tour Rating

5
22/03/2011
This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to NZ. Both boats (Manapouri and Doubtful Sound) were excellent. The staff and crew were also excellent, describing all of the surroundings as well as ensuring our safety. The bus driver was also excellent - good driver and full of great info. We even enjoyed the box lunches we were provided - lots of good food. Thanks to all of you for the wonderful experience
Overall Tour Rating

5
15/03/2011
Fab day out with great tour guides. Amazing scenery and a huge picnic box!
Overall Tour Rating

5
13/10/2010
We were very impressed with the professional organisation of the trip and the informative commentary on both the coach and the Doubtful Sound trip. The boats were comfortable and gave us a really good view even from inside. I would recommend this cruise to anyone.
Overall Tour Rating

4
26/03/2010
Excellent cruise. Thanks.
Overall Tour Rating

5
19/03/2010
Tour was very well organised and ran like clockwork. All staff were friendly and helpful especially the coach driver. We had the added bonus of picture postcard weather. This tour was definately the highlight of our trip to NZ.
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