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

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Doubtful Sound Nature Cruise | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Wilderness Cruise Only)
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Tour Code: RJ300
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