Day trip

From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

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Activity provider: RealNZ

From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

Activity provider: RealNZ
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From US$ 144.65 per person

Visit Doubtful Sound on a day trip from Queenstown. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, journey over Wilmot Pass, and discover the Fiordland National Park on a 2.75-hour cruise.

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Duration 765 minutes
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  • Discover Doubtful Sound on a day trip from Queenstown
  • Travel by luxury bus and enjoy informative commentary from your friendly driver
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri and journey over Wilmot Pass to reach the fiord
  • Explore the waterways of the serene and isolated fiord on a 2.75-hour cruise
  • Be on the lookout for dolphins, seals, and even penguins
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Visit Doubtful Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You will board a luxury bus and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Enjoy informative commentary along the way from your friendly driver. From Manapouri, you will cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then board a coach to cross the alpine route of the Wilmot Pass, through some of Fiordland National Park’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, you will climb aboard a modern catamaran for a 2.75-hour cruise, exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. See waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. Your knowledgeable nature guides will provide you with engaging and informative commentary throughout. You will be treated to the sound of silence when the vessel’s engines are turned off. Experience floating on the fiord, with only the rush of waterfalls and birdsong to break the silence. Bring your own lunch, or you may purchase snacks on board in the vessel’s cafes. If you would like to preorder a picnic lunch, you may contact the local partner directly after booking. When it rains in Fiordland, the landscape is especially dramatic. The scenery is spectacular, and you will stay dry and comfortable from your vantage point on the catamaran. At the end of your cruise, return over Wilmot Pass by coach and cruise across Lake Manapouri before the bus journey back to Queenstown.
  • Round-trip coach transport
  • Round-trip Lake Manapouri crossing
  • 2.75-hour cruise of Doubtful Sound
  • Commentary by your drivers and knowledgeable nature guides
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Drinks from the licensed bar on the cruise vessel
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before departure at the RealNZ Visitor Centre, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Please note that during the survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel
  • It is recommended to bring clothing and footwear for cool and wet weather
  • Please note that the cafes onboard the vessel only accept cash
  • Drinks from the licensed bar are not included
  • Complimentary tea and coffee onboard
  • Food will not be provided
  • It's possible to preorder a picnic lunch (please contact the local partner directly)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 42 reviews

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What made the experience so good, was having good staff who were only too happy to look after you but also they shared their knowledge of their surroundings with a very clear and friendly voice so that you could absorb as much information as possible. Great trip.

December 28, 2019

Everything was perfect, the place amazing, customer service awesome… thank you guys a lot !!!

May 24, 2022

May 16, 2022

Product ID: 179873