Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise From Queenstown

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    06:55 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    88 Beach Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Be struck by the beautiful silence of Doubtful Sound as you cruise the crystal waters and take in the breathtaking scenery. Journey across Lake Manapouri, cross over the 670-meter high Wilmot Pass and enjoy a 2 hour and 45-minute cruise through pure serenity that is Doubtful Sound.

Aug 4 - 31 2022 - The Patea Explorer will be on annual maintenance and the M.V Sinbad will substitute for an Inner Fiord Cruise during this time.

This trip is a round trip of approximately 13 hours. If you wish to pre-order a picnic lunch, please contact the supplier directly after booking.

Hotel pick up/drop off from select locations is available - please call RealNZ directly to find out if there is a pick up close to your accommodation.
Please be sure to arrive at your pick up location 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Hidden in the south-west corner of New Zealand's South Island, deep in the heart of the Fiordland National Park, lies Doubtful Sound. Ten times larger than Milford sound it is an unspoiled wilderness of many moods, one minute clear, blue and sun drenched, the next mysterious and mist shrouded. A wild place of dense rainforest, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls and deep still waters - quiet, serene and green!

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then enjoy a road trip over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland's densest rainforest and to view the colorful alpine moss gardens.

On reaching Deep Cove, you will board a spacious catamaran for a three hour cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. The skipper provides a detailed commentary and point out highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently come alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed.


Live commentary on board


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable shoes, waterproof jacket and warm clothing

Please note: During survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel from the RealNZ fleet

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 135 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Nov-2022

    This was an amazing experience from start to the end. Our coach driver Dino was an absolute gem, providing live commentaries. The tour comprised of a coach ride to lake Manapouri (2 hrs), on a catamaran in lake manapouri (50 mins), then a coach ride on Wilmot pass (50 mins) and at last a boat ride on Doubtful sound for 3 hrs. Each part of the journey was a different experience.

  • 17-Oct-2022

    Upon a heart-breaking last minute cancellation of our Milford Sound tour by a different tour company, we were able to secure this tour for the next day on short notice. As "consolation prizes" go, it was a pretty good tour. Ian Frew was our very funny, informative and entertaining "Nature Guide and Coach Operator" who almost made me forget my disappointment in missing the Milford tour - seems New Zealand is not quite ready for the influx of tourists and there is some difficulty in maintaining healthy staff to accommodate all the tours they are booking. Very happy RealNZ was able to come through on extremely short notice. This tour takes you on a lovely coach and boat ride(s) to some scenic spots. Ian totally made this worthwhile, props to him.

  • 16-Oct-2022

    It was a very long day, scenery great and service very good. Probably be happy to do again. Great service and nice crew very comfortable.

  • 28-Aug-2022

    Beauty of the doubtful sound is hard to express in words - you have to be there to experience it - highly recommend preordering the lunch box at the RealNZ office in Queenstown

  • 12-Aug-2022

    Well worth our time! Much preferred Doubtful Sound than Milford. Overall experience had been great, from the start till we said goodbye.

  • 21-Jul-2022

    Everything was well organized (complimentary taxi to meeting point, bus-boat-bus-boat to reach doubtful), and packed lunch was more than sufficient. Weather was great, and drivers were cheery, kind and a wealth of information. Thank you!

  • 20-Mar-2022

    We did the 2 night cruise on 16 and 17 March and I highly recommend this over the one day trip. It was a fantastic trip, and we had time to explore every arm of the fjord. There was plenty of time to kayak and swim, without having to rush as I think would have been the case with a 1 night trip. Professional yet still friendly crew that all worked really well together as a team. The food was also fantastic, so thanks to the chef. This is not a luxury cruise but everything on the boat was sparkling clean and very well maintained. My only disappointment was the window in the cabin was tiny and so high up you couldn't see out it, so the cabin was very dark. The cabins with the larger windows are the same price and are the ones shown on the website, so this is what I was expecting. However we spent very little time in the cabin so it wasn't a deal breaker, just a bit misleading.

  • 30-Dec-2021

    Both the boat trips were great.The bus driver was also great and his commentary on the way there was informative and light hearted.Also when the boat went out of doubtful sound and into the Tasman sea.Very cool.

  • 19-Aug-2021

    I was expecting a quiet little cruise on Doubtful Sounds but due to the weather it was a totally exhilirating adventure with the most magnificent waterfalls everywhere thanks to the amount of rain. The boat we travelled in was a large, modern vessel with all the technology you could ask for so I felt totally safe. The skipper was very experienced and not at all concerned as we rocked up and downat times. I've never felt so alive than when I stood at the back of the boat staring out into the fabulous sounds with the water whipping around us. Magic. As we arrived out towards the sea we got to see many sea lions on top of a rock in their natural habitat. We travelled by Bus from Queenstown to the Manapouri Outdoor Centre where the tour started. Comfortable bus and an enjoyable trip and commentary from our driver Jill. I certainly recommend the lunch box. Very impressed in what we were given for $20. Wraps, fruit, homebaking, chocolate, cheese and crackers and the most delicious cheese scone. I think there should be a minimum age limit as we didnt enjoy the number of babies and young children on our tour as its not really a safe environment for them plus they get bored.

  • 20-Jul-2021

    Was an amazingly beautiful day to go on what I'm sure is a beautiful tour of the gorgeous Doubtful Sound. However, the majority of the trip that we got to complete was gorgeous but was a shame to no-ones fault except the engine of the boat that we did not actually get to see the Doubtful Sound in the end due to engine troubles. We are really looking forward to rebooking and going another time to complete the tour. Thank you for a lovely memorable day :)

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