Doubtful Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Coach - Wilderness Cruise - Coach)

Doubtful Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Coach - Wilderness Cruise - Coach)

On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Then 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: Queenstown to Queenstown
Price: From (NZD) $269 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: RJ301


Luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Manapouri & return
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
Pick up / drop offs from select Queenstown accommodations

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Queenstown or selected accommodation properties in the Queenstown area
  • Departure Time: 7.15am (1 Oct–30 Apr) & 6.55am (1 May-30 Sep)
  • Duration: 12 hours 35 minutes (approximately)
  • Return Time: 8.15pm (1 Oct–30 Apr) & 7.45pm (1 May-30 Sep)
  • 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, Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai
  • Experienced drivers have extensive knowledge of the Queenstown, Te Anau and 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

Tourism Industry MemberQualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver


There are 33 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

The tour of the sound itself (from Manipouri) was very good, though would have been more enjoyable if visibility had been better. The commentary was very helpful and the right amount. The overall rating for the day is lower simply because it was a very long day. More transit than tour. I would not recommend doing this trip from Queenstown to others. I read the reviews before booking and others said that despite the length of the day it was still worth it, but I do not agree on that. Perhaps if we had seen more wildlife I would have had a different opinion. I expected this to be one of the top highlights of our NZ trip, but it was not. This is not a negative reflection on Real Journeys or the quality of the tour but more on myself for booking it. The countryside on the way to the first boat was quite pretty and the coach driver was very entertaining and provided informative information. I had tried to book the overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound but it was booked for the days we were going to be in that region; would recommend to others to do either that, or if doing the day cruise, secure overnight accommodation in or close to Manapouri the nights before and after the cruise to better enjoy it. Also, the lunch was overpriced and starch heavy. If I were to do it again, I would have brought my own.
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This beats Milford Sound for all that the trip includes. The Sound was beautiful, as was the lake. Seeing dolphins was exciting. I would do this again, even though it was a long day.
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We were blown away by the scenery and tranquility of the Sound which, had we not seen for ourselves, could never have believed the beauty and isolation by looking at photographs. We can close our eyes and still visualise the lapping of the water on the boats hull, the shrill of the birds overhead and sense the wilderness about you. Fantastic, thanks to all the team for a wonderful experience.
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Your organisation was fantastic throughout but it was all a bit blighted by the weather which you could not control. We would recommend you though.
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This was one of the best things I did in New Zealand, I absolutely loved it. The tour by Relaxing Journeys was very well organized, and the crew very friendly and professional. I will do it again. Thanks
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We thoroughly enjoyed the tour even though it was a long day. We thought the staff were very professional & friendly. It was unfortunate that the day wasn't sunny.
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We really enjoyed this day-long tour. It's unique combination of coaches and ships going through lakes and forest as well as the fiord cruise allowed us to see the various terrain of the Fiordland wilderness. Highly recommended.
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Really enjoyed this coach/cruise. Bus driver was great - funny and knowlegable. We were fortunate to have great weather and water was calm enough to get out to see the Tasman Sea. Very nice to also see penguins, seals and dolphins.
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Our coach and boat trip to Doubtful Sound was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our stay in New Zealand. Of course the scenery was just spectacular, but on top of that, we were treated to top of the line coaches and boats, staffed by friendly helpful crews. The tour day, while quite long at 13 hours, was extremely well organized. I would encourage everyone not to miss this experience!
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We had a great day at Doubtful Sound. It is a long day, but the excellent organisation, friendliness of the team and the information provided along the way made it a really enjoyable experience. A special mention for John, our coach driver, who is not only a good driver but a nice bloke too.
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Doubtful Sound Coach & Cruise Scenic Tour | Doubtful Sound Cruise (Coach - Wilderness Cruise - Coach)
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Tour Code: RJ301
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