From Manapouri: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

4.8 / 5

11 reviews

From Manapouri: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

From $971.32 per person

Escape to the tranquillity of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise through pristine fiords waters where you will enjoy water activities and a 3-course dinner.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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Small group
Limited to 18 participants


  • Discover the full length of Doubtful Sound, cruising all the way to the Tasman Sea
  • Enjoy a 3-course buffet dinner and warm breakfast prepared by the on-board chef
  • Explore the shoreline by kayak, tender boat, or, for the adventurous, by swimming
  • See a vast array of wildlife including dolphins, penguins, and seals
  • Enjoy insightful commentary provided by the nature guide onboard
Full description
Create lifelong memories as your experience the unspoiled beauty of Doubtful Sound aboard an overnight cruise which includes a 3-course dinner and full breakfast, live commentary from a knowledgeable nature guide, shoreline water excursions, and modern amenities for maximum comfort.   Start your unforgettable journey in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, traveling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arrive at Deep Cove, met the crew, and then board majestic Fiordland Navigator. Marvel ate the unique design of the Fiordland Navigator, which borrows from the aesthetic of a traditional scow, blending old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with a fully licensed bar, and an observation lounge. Cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery and listen as the boat’s knowledgeable nature guide provides commentary ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals, or rare penguins you might encounter. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or simply relax onboard. For the adventurous, there’s even a chance to go swimming.  Enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner in the evening, which is prepared by the onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travelers, savor some of the fine wines at the licensed bar, and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars. Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast menu and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Finally, you’ll return to Deep Cove, then take the trip back to Manapouri.
  • Nature guide
  • Tea, Coffee, and water
  • 3-course buffet dinner
  • Warm continental breakfast
  • Shoreline water activities: kayak or tender boat
  • Twin-share cabin with private ensuite
  • Boat ride across Lake Manapouri
  • Coach trip over Wilmot Pass
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Change of clothes
  • Credit card
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Fishing
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • The water activities are weather dependent.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

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An absolutely wonderful and magical trip. The crew and staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Courtney’s nature talks and commentaries were a highlight and not to be missed. The dinner was huge and comprehensive with numerous choices and there was a substantial cooked breakfast. The weather allowed passengers to kayak or swim under supervision or to ride in a tender. We sailed into the Tasman Sea, passing a seal colony on the way. There were glimpses of penguins and kaka too. The weather changed rapidly, so we had a mix of sun, cloud, mist and rain, allowing a range of photographic opportunities. Sunrise was special with spectacular reflections. We loved every minute of this trip and would happily do it again. Well done, team!

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March 2, 2021

World class!!!! Defiantly the World's eighth wonder. The crew were outstanding! The Chef on the Navigator was fantastic, originally from Boston, now a Kiwi presented the lamb and beef perfectly, making sheep and beef farmers proud! They crew went out of their way to make our experience the best ever. Our cabin was very comfortable indeed. The scenery throughout Doubtful was unbelievably beautiful and it was exciting to see the wildlife. I will joyfully remember this experience for ever!

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November 25, 2020

Excellent Can’t recommend it enough. The whole trip was so well run. Good crew always happy to help in any way they could, good food and amazing scenery. If you haven’t done this trip highly recommend it. Bring it forward on the bucket list and do it while the price is so good!!!

November 24, 2020

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