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“Didn't get past first base” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Doubtful Sound Small Boat Cruises Day Trip - Real Journeys

Doubtful Sound Small Boat Cruises Day Trip - Real Journeys
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Manapouri
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Owner description: Cruise one of the most spectacular parts of Fiordland. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Board the motor sailer Breaksea Girl and enjoy a 4 ½ hour leisurely day cruise of the inner fiord of Doubtful Sound. View soaring peaks, towering cliffs, dense rainforest and opportunities to view wildlife. Max 20 passengers. Hot drinks and lunch included. Daily departures Nov – Mar from Manapouri. Coach connections available from Te Anau.
coffs harbour
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Didn't get past first base”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I first contacted this company about transport into deep cover on the 8th of july 2013, and I asked about ransit time to plan my pre and post journey. They responded on the 13th but did not answer the question about transit times. I contacted them again on August the 27th asking for a quote and other details. Having received no reply I contacted them again on the 30th and got a reply saying nothing could be confirmed, but still not answering my simple question about about transit times from te anau and back (to plan the rail trail trip etc we were also planning). I was later told a sales rep would now handle the query. Today is the 3rd of September and I still hadnt heard so I emailed saying it was too late to book and that I was intending to complain here. Two staff rang and explained that not only had people had been off sick but that a reply had been written but lost when the server went down. all fine but too late for me - stuck with a bust ticket to te anua but too tight for time to do doubtful sound.Very very disappointed. No address for complaints either is provided on their website.

Visited September 2013
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Doubtful Sound Small Boat Cruises Day Trip - Real Journeys, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Hi Lisa

Thank you for your feedback, we accept responsibility for poor handling of your enquiry. Real Journeys prides itself in delivering outstanding customer service and in this instance we feel we have let you and ourselves down.

Upon review it has been found that a genuine and rare combination of errors occurred with your booking.

We will be contacting you again to see if there is anything we can do to rectify the situation.

Kind regards
Real Journeys.
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“Very Good Tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

Paid $215 pp for this day tour to Doubtful Sound. We were worried that the rainy day would ruin it but it made it all the better!

-Bus picked us up at Top 10 Holiday park @ 8:45am
-Arrived to Manapouri and boarded first boat @ 9:45am
-Crossed the lake by 11:45am and boarded another bus which took us to another boat.
-Lost track of time and made it back to Te Anau by 5:30pm!

The tour included free coffee and tea on both boats. First bus was particularly amazing, with the most comfy seats I've ever sat in on a bus and windows on the ceilings. The second bus was a generic tour bus and it is unfortunate the nicer buses were not across the lake.

The boats were high quality, which shelter from the rain even on the outside decks. We purchased sandwiches from the cafe prior to departing, but similar food for the same price is available on the cruise (it actually became half price during the last hour of the cruise!). We would recommend just buying what you need vs the 15 dollar lunch that you can preorder. Remember that on the boats it is cash only.

Commentary was witty and informative. The sound was incredible. The Captain took us right up to a waterfall and we were given cups to fill with the water that we could drink! I was not expecting this.

For winter is was not really that cold, but thankfully there was a ton of indoor space as we had about 30 passengers (the boat can take up to 150, so we had a great time and tons of space). Be sure to wear something water proof. The sound was misty but we could still see quite a bit.

We felt that we got our money's worth, which is rare from our tours. We would recommend booking with RealJourneys, although they are the only option for Doubtful in the Winter months.

Visited July 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Loved this perfect gorgeous cruise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

Overnight cruise and kayaking in Doubtful Sound. All perfectly organized, super friendly helpful staff, the best buffet I've had in New Zealand! The naturist had all the info, the Captain was so friendly and easy to talk to. I chose the shared 4 bed cabin. Plenty of space and comfortable. Besides the mindblowing kayak experience, waking up in the still waters of Doubtful Sound and watching the sun rise through the mist was something I'll never forget. Including the boat ride across Lake Manapouri, and the bus ride over the pass to get to Doubtful, the staff were always entertaining and teaching along the way. Not a single complaint. Well done Real Journeys!

Visited April 2013
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San Diego, California
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“A true New Zealand treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013

Real Journeys overnight cruise to Doubtful sound is a must do if you visit the south island. Doubtful Sound is a magical place, and to be able to spend the night on a boat in the sound is like a dream. The crew on board made everyone feel at home. They were entertaining, educational and were amazing represenatives of New Zealand! I highly recommend this tour to everyone who has not yet experienced the beuaty of Doubtful Sound. Thanks Real Journeys!

Visited April 2013
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Hunter Valley, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Totally Professional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

We had already wasted one day on a very boring and badly-run tour to Milford Sound (with a rival company), so were a bit nervous as to whether the Manapouri Power Station Tour would be just another waste of time. But it was so well-organised, and all the people involved, from the people at the ticket counter to the lovely young man who drove the bus (Justin Remnant deserves a pay rise and a promotion), were friendly, efficient, funny and welcoming. We were just sorry we hadn't gone with Real Journeys the day before.

Visited March 2013
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