• Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Embark on a 3-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, starting from Te Anau or Manapouri. You’ll travel by coach to Manapouri Lake for a short boat ride, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass. En route, stop for alpine views of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park, before taking in the dramatic landscapes, soaring peaks and wildlife of Doubtful Sound.


  • 3-hour Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Sightings of seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Te Anau hotels

What You Can Expect

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Your Doubtful Sound cruise begins with hotel pickup in Te Anau for the coach journey to Manapouri Lake. After a brief boat ride over the lake’s vivid waters, you’ll board another bus and cross over 2,198-foot-high (670-meter) Wilmot Pass, stopping to view the Fiordland's dense rainforest and alpine moss gardens with a glimpse of Doubtful Sound in the distance.

Continue on to Deep Cove, where you'll board a spacious catamaran for your 3-hour boat tour of Doubtful Sound, part of the World Heritage–listed Fiordland National Park and ten times larger than Milford Sound. Amid this pristine wilderness, whose deep waters are sometimes vivid blue-green and sun-drenched and other times shrouded in mist, you’ll find a rugged landscape of granite peaks and cascading waterfalls.

Soak up views of the dramatic topography as your skipper provides insightful commentary and points out South Island wildlife, such as bottlenose dolphins that frequently swim alongside the vessel. Search for rare Fiordland penguins in their natural habitat and New Zealand fur seals often seen basking on the rocks.

End with the return trip to Manapouri, where you’re transferred back to your Te Anau hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ken C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful day trip from Te Anau to Doubtful Sound. Five star organisation from start to finish. Also blest with kind weather for our sail in Doubtful Sound.

Real Journeys can be highly recommended for their drivers/ tour guides. Very informative.

This tour is a must if you are in the area

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Brilliant tour- couldn't have been bettered

Ken F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Perfect weather so great trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very well organised tour
Knowledgable staff
Must do If you are in this part o and New Zealand

Kerry G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing experience cruising through Doubtful Sound.The operator Real Journeys ran a very slick operation. Nothing was a problem and everything ran to clock work from the time the bus picked up us till we arrived at the boat to take us on the cruise into Doubtful Sound.

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a beautiful day trip. While the weather was wet we still had a very enjoyable day. Staff were capable and helpful, the boat was immaculately clean and well run, and the scenery fabulous. Thank you!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Absolutely stunning and so worth the two bus trips and a lake trip to get to it we were in Te Anau. We were very impressed with the smooth running of the whole day but then, we've never had a Viator trip that hasn't run like clockwork! and loved the final 45minute coach journey, on an unmade road, through the rainforest to get to our boat for the cruise. Entertaining and knowledgable commentary from the drivers/captain on the journey was great. The actual cruise surpassed our expectations stunning scenery with plenty of viewing space for everyone and just enough, sensitive and, at times, hilarious commentary. We were extremely lucky with the wall-to-wall sunshine and even more fortunate to see seals, crested penguins surfing the waves, albatrosses and, best of all, a pod of humpback whales. And the master stroke from the crew...everyone was asked to put away phones/cameras and to stop talking while the engines were cut and we simply drifted along in rapt silence for ten minutes. Bliss.

Victor R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a marvellous experience. The scenery was like nothing we have ever seen before -breathtaking. The side fjords were magical places and we were also lucky enough to see penguins and a pod of dolphins. Wonderful.

Joan H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We spent three days, two nights at Te Anau, one full day of which we did the excursion from to and from Doubtful Sound - what an experience. It was magnificent. We were collected from our motel and driven by bus to Manapouri Lake where we boarded a boat that took us to the landing point opposite, a fascinating cruise in itself. The scenery was spectacular even on this part of the tour. We then boarded a coach and drove over Wilmot Pass, surrounded by the jagged peaks of soaring alps and fabulous views along valleys that included distant lakes. When we arrived at Doubtful Sound we boarded the catamaran that took us on a cruise right out to the Tasman Sea, where we saw fur seals soaking up the sun on small rocky islands. After three hours of exploring the various arms of the Doubtful Sound that is ten times larger than Milford Sound, btw we returned on the same stunning route with unforgettable memories.

SANDRA B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This is our favourite sound as it is SILENT! More difficult to get to so the coach and boat rides to the cruise boat were very necessary but added to the day's interest and variety. The boat was comfortable and excellent for animal-spotting and scenery-viewing. We ordered the packed lunches which were average but saved us from having to make and take lunches with us. A very beautiful and special place

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