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Doubtful Sound: Overnight Cruise

This is without a doubt one of the most incredible experiences in New Zealand.

On this overnight trip to Doubtful Sound departing from Queenstown, you’ll experience the beauty of Doubtful Sound while on an overnight cruise.  A luxury coach will bring you to Manapouri, where you’ll cruise across Lake Manapouri before taking a bus over the Wilmot Pass to board your overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound. Enjoy jaw-dropping views, incredible food, outstanding service on this must-do New Zealand experience.


  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise from Queenstown
  • Cruise the glacial waters of Lake Manapouri
  • Travel over the alpine Wilmot Pass for exceptional views of the Fiordland native forest
  • Explore the pristine waters of Doubtful Sound and go for a swim or kayak
  • Chance to see a vast array of wildlife, including dolphins and penguins in their natural habitat
  • Learn about Fiordland from your on-board Nature Guide 

What's Included

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.

Important Notes

  • This trip books well in advance - contact us to confirm availability. 

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Duration 2 days, 1 night

Departs From: Queenstown

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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