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Fiordland National Park: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Product ID: 126227
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Travel to an untouched world in Fiordland National Park. Take a launch cruise across Lake Manapouri, a short coach trip over Wilmot Pass, and board a 2 hour and 45-minute Doubtful Sound cruise. Be on the lookout dolphins, fur seals and more!
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise across the crystal-clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • Learn about the region's flora and fauna from a knowledgeable nature guide
  • Be on the lookout for dolphins, seals and even penguins
Full description
Spend a day in the remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound, located in the heart of Fiordland National Park and three times longer than Milford Sound. Self-drive to Manapouri and board a cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip across Wilmot Pass.

Stop en-route to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest. At Deep Cove, board the Patea Explorer, a purpose-built catamaran, for a 2 hour and 45-minute cruise on Doubtful Sound. You can add-on a pre-ordered picnic lunch at check-out, bring your own lunch, or purchase snacks (cash only) onboard the vessel’s cafes. 

See waterfalls, rainforest and mountains during the cruise. You might spot the resident pod of bottlenose dolphins, the colony of fur seals at the mouth of the fiord, or even rare Fiordland crested penguins. During the cruise, knowledgeable nature guides will provide informative commentary. 

When it rains in Fiordland, the landscape is dramatic - rock faces stream with waterfalls, mist hangs around the tops of the mountains, and rivers and streams rage.  From a dry comfortable vantage point on board the coach or vessel this landscape is spectacular. Always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during your visit. Many say you have not seen Fiordland unless you have seen it in the rain!
  • Lake Manapouri cruise
  • Transportation with commentary through Wilmot Pass in a coach
  • 2 hour and 45-minute Doubtful Sound cruise with commentary from knowledgable nature guides
  • Tea and coffee onboard
  • Picnic lunch (optional)
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks, which are available to purchase from the licensed bar onboard (cash only)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Visitor Centre, Waiau St, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, New Zealand

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
Know before you go
• Allow approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to drive to Manapouri from Queenstown and 30 minutes to drive to Manapouri from Te Anau
• The picnic lunch includes Turkish bread, sandwich fillings, honey muesli slice, cheese and crackers, apple, grapes, and an after-dinner mint
• The deluxe picnic lunch includes bread roll, sandwich fillings, apricot coconut slice, chocolate muesli brownie, cheese and crackers, apple, grapes, dried fruit/nut mix, and an after-dinner mint
• Both lunches can be made vegetarian and are subject to change
• Please note that during survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel
• It is recommended to bring clothing and footwear for cool and wet weather
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From US$ 193.77 US$ 155.02 per person

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Product ID: 126227