Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown - Reviews

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Chris United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

I was picked up on time from my accommodation, check in was straight forward, the coach driver was most helpful and provided good informative commentary. There were a couple of changes enroute coach, boat, bus these were well organized and went without a hitch.
The main cruise around the Doubtful Sound was amazing, staff were helpful and again informative commentary was given.

I highly recommend this trip.

Elvin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Loved it! We got lucky to get some sunshine. Seeing the dolphins is a bonus too!

Vanja Radisic Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

I loved this tour. Adrian was our guide and driver and he was very accommodating, stopping /slowing down frequently to show us the scenery and allow for breaks and photos. Doubtful is mind blowing, and guys on the ships were fantastic as well. I was even impressed by our preordered lunch.

Dipnarayan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

An unforgettable superb experience.

Joy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

A great tour from Queenstown. Picked up from our hotel and taken to assembly point. Driver of coach very knowledgeable, pulled into scenic spots on the way to our Lake Manitoba boat crossing. Was a long day but with varied modes of transport you didn't notice the time. To save 20 each lunch provided if you order ahead take your own lunch. Drinks can be bought on cruises. We thought some drinks provided but not so, only coffee or tea free on both boat cruises. Wonderful day and the highlight of our trip to Queenstown. Views on Doubtful Sound breathtaking with great photo opportunities. We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day, no rain either.

Bill W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Fantastic Tour. Well worth the time and travel. Very professionally done. Beautiful scenery. And, we saw humpback whales, seals and a penguin! I recommend this tour.

Smitha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Incredible!!! The captain stopped the boat for a minute in the sound, you could only hear the water and birds!!! What a rich experience this was!

Caitlin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This tour left myself and my family reeling for days afterwards. Doubtful Sound is truly one of New Zealand's most magical and beautiful places. Everything about the tour was extremely well organised which meant no stress they even picked us up directly from our hotel door. The coach ride was comfortable and the drivers were able to offer insightful facts about the area as we drive through the landscape. Upon arrival at Manapouri Station, we hopped on another bus with another wonderful driver to be taken to the ferry. The cruise itself was incredible. We got to see dolphins play, got taken out to see the local seal colony, and most importantly had plenty of time to take in the beautiful views. Looking forward to booking the Milford Sound tour next year. Thanks for a brilliant experience!

Margot S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Fantastic day, really great sights and commentary, saw dolphins, seals, fairy penguins. Well organised

Andrew R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Amazing well organised day with perfect weather, dolphins and an albatross ! The coach drivers were friendly and informative and although a long day we had a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend it

roger r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Having visited Milford Sound by both coach and plane in previous visits to Queenstown and been blown away by the experience, we decided to go to Doubtful Sound this time. We knew that it needed to rain a lot to benefit from the magnificent falls that pervade the Sound, but had experienced both wet and dry visits to Milford and found the scenery stunning in itself with the added benefit of a full visual experience which is not available in the mist and rain which is the most likely viewing situation statistically. What we did not expect on the trip to Doubtful was the friendliness, humour and knowledge of our driver. Mick was magnificent and a charming host. Two boat trips follow the coach ride the first of which, beautiful in itself, is the only access to the Sound followed by a winding drive in the mountains before descending to the sailing jetty. The following boat trip, helped no doubt by superb weather conditions, allowed us to travel out of the sounds and into the Tasman Sea to photograph some albatross and some seals. The scenery was for us more beautiful than Milford, and the scale of the landscape around us was breathtaking. We would urge everyone to experience this trip, not instead of Milford but as an addition, since you will definitely not be disappointed and we were assured that in wet weather the falls are spectacular. We will definitely be back!

Wendy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

This was a truly amazing trip. The trip was very well organised and made very enjoyable by the humour, interesting information and photo opportunity stops given by our coach driver, Mike Thomas.The scenery was spectacular and the cruise along Doubtful Sound was very smooth with an interesting commentary pointing out sights of interest, wildlife and dolphins. In all the trip lasted 13 hours and was extremely good value for money.

Chasen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Everything about this trip was great. The tour company even arranged a free taxi pick up and drop off at our hotel. The tour guide Craig, was very knowledgeable and insightful with a great sense of humor.

Every part of the trip was beautiful and scenic: The bus ride to Lake Manipouri, the trip across the lake, the ride from the lake to the Sound all capped off by the amazing Doubtful Sound. This trip was one of the best parts of our vacation in New Zealand.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Excellent tour, amazing scenery, enjoyable cruise

Tea A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

We liked the tour very much even it was a very rainy day. All the staff we were involved with during the tour were professional and frienly. The busses and the catamaran were very suitable for the tour. We were even complimentary transfered to our private accomodation.

Bonnie S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This was a great trip--my husband and I enjoyed it immensely! The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, and the tour guides are excellent--very informative and willing to answer questions. It's a long day, but worth every minute. I especially loved seeing the blue penguins--what a bonus!

david p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

A very well run trip with the cruise it self very good, with the captain well versed in how to get the best for virtually everyone. The cruise was extremely enjoyable, seeing a lot of wildlife including Dolphins, a fjord land penguin and a number of different types of albatross. I would highly recommend this trip. The very sunny dry weather did help make the trip even better but, the tour company were great.

KEBeeler United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Such an awesome experience! It was a long day but flawlessly orchestrated. We were picked up by a van at our hotel and transported to a central meeting place where we boarded a very comfortable tour bus and met our driver/guide Dan. Dan was a wealth of knowledge on the drive to Lake Manapouri, and throughout the day. The 1.5 - 2 hour drive passed quickly listening to his humorous stories and comments and watching the beautiful countryside pass by. Once we arrived at Lake Manapouri we boarded a very nice boat that took us to the other side of the lake. This took about an hour. Coffee and tea was provided on the boat. Once on the other side we boarded another bus for a short distance then walked across a pedestrian bridge where the road had washed out and boarded another bus. This bus ride was about an hour, but we were now in a beautiful rainforest setting with several waterfalls along the way. We stopped for picture opportunities in route to Deep Cove, including an endangered kaka bird. Soon we made it to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound and boarded the boat that would take us out into the sound and close to the Tasman Sea. The scenery was so spectacular, even on a misty overcast day. We would go back in a heart beat. The beauty and tranquility cannot be beat. It is simply amazing. It is so remote and untouched. A must see!

Pamela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We didn't get to go on the Doubtful Sound as the road was washed out that day due to heavy rains. We were able to get rescheduled the following day for Milford Sound and it was a wonderful journey! Viator does a great job making sure you have adequate stops and breaks. The drivers are great and it was a fabulous day!

P Ho Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Enjoyed the true wilderness. Good orientation and transportation. Very friendly service.

Elle Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Wonderful tour, the rain made it even better.

Denis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

A long day but excellent.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Well organised, well worth seeing, good coaches, good vessels, cheerfully witty drivers. Nothing to complain about, everything to praise

PEARL P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

A great day. From the moment we boarded the coach to our return to Frankton. The driver was a great guide and Eve who did the second bus trip was equally informative. Because the sun shone the whole day was amazing. Cannot find fault with any aspect of the trip.

stuart s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Wow - long day but really worth it - this tour was the best. Including the bouncing trip into the Tasman and Manapouri power station. Highly recommended.

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