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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Cruise from Manapouri

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Experience an 8-hour day trip into the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the heart of Fiordland National Park, while nature guides answer questions and point out landmarks. This fiord is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both are often seen. In season, you may even catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland crested penguins. Explore Doubtful Sound's vast waterways on board a luxury Catamaran. A highlight is experiencing the unique 'Sound of Silence', where you hear only birdsong while floating on the fiord with the engines turned off.
  • Relax aboard a catamaran cruise through stunning Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the rain forest and waterways of Fiordland National Park
  • Experience the South Island’s uncrowded wilderness and native wildlife
  • Several morning departure times to suit your New Zealand itinerary
What to Expect
Start your tour with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a drive over the Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive road to build. Make stops along the way to experience the dense rain forest of Fiordland National Park and view Doubtful Sound from above.  Upon arrival at the water, board your spacious catamaran for the Doubtful Sound cruise. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the landmarks and wildlife that you might see, including bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. Depending on the conditions, you might even journey as far as the Tasman Sea. Choose from several morning departures for your tour to Doubtful Sound, a gorgeous destination that rivals popular Milford Sound for natural beauty, yet remains less crowded. Non-slip shoes, warm fleece or sweater, waterproof jacket, sun protection, and insect repellent are recommended. Your tour ends with return to Manapouri.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Pearl Harbour Manapouri Boat ramp, 60 Waiau St, Manapouri 9679, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and tea
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing, and a rain jacket or hat, as necessary
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the Real Journeys fleet
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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A unique place and a great hospitality in the ship with real journies and good guide who keeps explaning the whole time.
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What a great value pack day by Real Journeys bag for the bucks that's all I can say we had a great day. Cross the first lake being Manapouri lake to West Arm channel for the bus ride over the mountains to Doudtful Sound. That trip alone was great going across the lake then bus
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We chose this tour instead of Milford for no other reason than we were in the area. The tour was well organised and went smoothly. Our local tour guide, bus driver, hot choclate maker, educator and joke teller Tony was extremely good, the sort of guy that makes a tour better. We
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Great sights, great experience and commentary. Plenty to watch and experience! A highlight of our stay in NZ!
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We had an amazing day trip with Real Journeys. Beautiful lunch and the hostess was very friendly and even brought my 7 year old son a hot chocolate in the afternoon which was a nice touch. The only thing missing was the birds! Apart from that, wonderful and peaceful day for the
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  • Duration: 8h
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