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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Travel from Queenstown to commence your Doubtful Sound cruise by the comfort of a scenic coach transfer that will get you there in style and on time.


Spectacular 3 hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Luxury coach transfers from Queenstown
Cruise across Lake Manapouri & coach over Wilmot Pass
Spacious, purpose-built catamaran
Spot dolphins, fur seals and crested penguins
Delicious lunch options available

What you need to know

Take the hassle out of getting to your Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise with this package that includes the cruise itself along with coach transfers from Queenstown. With the cruise itself, you will escape from civilization to one of the most beautiful natural destinations in New Zealand - Doubtful Sound, a massive, incredibly scenic fiord brimming with scenery, cascading waterfalls, native wildlife and much more. This Doubtful Sound wilderness cruise will take you to this compelling destination for an excursion across the lovely Lake Manapouri after which you'll hop aboard a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass then witness the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glimmering in the distance below.

Once you reach the Sound itself, you'll board a spacious catamaran to kick off a three-hour cruise through some of the area's astounding scenery as your accompanying experienced nature guide provides commentary and answers any questions you might have. During the cruise, be sure to keep your eyes open for the many varieties of wonderful wildlife that inhabit the region including fur seals which can be seen basking in the sun or bottlenose dolphins which inhabit Doubtful Sound's waters.

More info


  • Full day Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise and Coach package from Queenstown
  • Luxury launch cruise across Lake Manapouri and coach trip over Wilmot Pass
  • Three hour full length cruise of Doubtful Sound on a modern, spacious catamaran with excellent viewing
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities including fur seals, dolphins and the rare Fiordland crested penguin
  • Expert commentary
  • Interpretation hand-out sheets in 5 languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese
  • Dedicated nature guide with specialist knowledge of flora and fauna
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board

Optional Extras

  • Delicious lunch options are available at an additional cost. Please choose a tour with lunch option at time of purchase


  • Cruise across the crystal clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • Coach trip through Fiordland's rainforest and over Wilmot Pass
  • 3 hour cruise on Doubtful Sound, a pristine, beautiful fiord
  • View rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and hidden inlets
  • Spot dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguins
  • Dedicated nature guide
  • Expert commentary
  • Doubtful Sound is 3 times longer than Milford Sound
  • Luxury coach transfers from Queenstown

Lunch Options

Picnic Lunch

  • Fresh filled bread roll, cheese and crackers, sweet slice and fresh fruit

Vegetarian Picnic Lunch

  • Fresh filled bread roll, cheese and crackers, sweet slice and fresh fruit

Deluxe Picnic Lunch

  • Fresh filled bread roll, cheese and ham croissant, cheese and crackers, dried fruit/nuts mix, sweet slices and fresh seasonal fruit

Vegetarian Picnic Lunch

  • Fresh filled bread roll, cheese and ham croissant, cheese and crackers, dried fruit/nuts mix, sweet slices and fresh seasonal fruit


  • On boarding a luxury coach in Queenstown, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Manapouri
  • Then cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm before boarding a coach and crossing the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran vessel, the Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord
  • There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and mountains all the way out to the Tasman Sea
  • It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals and when in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin. An on-board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region’s history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone

Tour Times and Duration

  • Tours depart Queenstown daily at approximately 6.55am (May to September) and 7.30am (October to April). Total tour time is approximately 12hrs 45mins. Manapouri is approximately 2hrs 45mins by car or coach from Queenstown

Hotel Pickup

  • Hotel pick ups are offered for this tour and are available from most centrally located Queenstown hotels. If a hotel pick up is required, please enter your hotel name in the 'Information requested by tour operator' section on the checkout page. If a hotel pick up is not required, please meet the tour at the Real Journeys Visitor Centre Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach St, Queenstown

What to Bring

  • Non-slip shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking, however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Manapouri Visitor Centre, 64 Waiau St, Manapouri, NZS 9679