Doubtful Sound features some of the most dramatic landscapes in New Zealand, if not the world. It is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound, and the perfect place to experience an overnight cruise. With deep black fiords, soaring mountains and ancient rainforests that cling to the surrounding mountains, Doubtful Sound is a magnificent place far away from everywhere.
The cruise departs from Deep Cove, only accessable after a trip across Lake Manapouri and a bus ride over the Wilmot Pass.
The ship is purposely built for these Fiordland waters and designed along the lines of a traditional sailing vessel. There are viewing decks, ensuite and shared cabin facilities, a fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. Everything you need for a magical overnight trip on Doubtful Sound.
You’ll cruise the full length of the fiord, weaving through hidden coves and waterways. Doubtful Sound is home to a vast array of natural flora and fauna. A specialist nature guide is on board to provide commentary and insight into the history of the region.
In the late afternoon, you’ll explore the shoreline by kayak or tender craft (small boat) along with a nature guide. For the more adventurous, there’s even a chance to go swimming in the cold waters of the fiord.
The food is out of this world, so be sure you board the boat hungry! Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the onboard chef and relax in the saloon before retiring to your cabin and fall asleep in the remote beauty of Doubtful Sound.
The following morning, after a cooked or continental breakfast, you will cruise around the sounds before returning to Deep Cove and onto Queenstown.