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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Day Tour

Travel to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its deep wilderness.

When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence – a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.

Your day begins in Manapouri with a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri followed by a trip across New Zealand's most expensive road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.

In Doubtful Sound, you will board the spacious, purpose built catamaran Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise the knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

This Doubtful Sound tour also departs from Queenstown and Te Anau.


  • 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
  • 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

  • Trip Duration: 7 hours 15 mins - 8 hours
  • Delicious lunch options (must be pre-ordered). Sandwiches & snacks also available on board to purchase
  • Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections (extra cost, FREE transfers from most accommodation)
  • Suitable for all ages

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WAS: $295 NZD
NOW: $280 NZD

Duration 8 Hours

Departs From: Fiordland

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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