For over half a century, Real Journeys has been sharing the natural beauty of the southern part of New Zealand with visitors. We offer a wide range of experiences across a number of locations – from iconic Milford Sound on east coast to tranquil Stewart Island, the southernmost community in New Zealand.
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth, Milford Sound is a natural wonder and considered New Zealand’s number one ‘must do’. We offer daytime and overnight cruises, flights, coaches and kayaking trips.
This vast and untouched wilderness is where Real Journey’s began its operations in the 1950s. Doubtful Sound is far greater in scale than Milford and offers something a little more rugged and remote – still complete with world renowned vistas and cascading waterfalls. Our experiences in Doubtful Sound include daytime and overnight cruises and kayaking trips and daily coach connections from Te Anau and Queenstown to our departure point at Manapouri.
Dusky Sound is the largest and one of the most complex fiords in Fiordland. It’s also incredibly remote and stunningly beautiful. You can experience Dusky Sound as part of a five day Discovery Expedition.
Lake Manapouri is renowned for its beauty and the small peaceful town of Manapouri sits on the lakeshore, with a population of around 300-400. These numbers increase dramatically during the summer due to the number of holiday homes in the area. Real Journeys Doubtful Sound operations are fed from the Real Journeys base at Pearl Harbour in Manapouri.
Te Anau is an attractive town on the shores of beautiful Lake Te Anau with Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound, and home of Real Journeys magical Glowworm Caves experience.
A spectacular four season destination on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown we offer cruises aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw (launched in 1912) and a range of experiences at Walter Peak High Country Farm (farm tours, horse treks, barbecue lunch and dinner and cycling excursions). We also offer rafting trips through our partners Queenstown Rafting.
Off the beaten track and 30kms south of the South Island, Stewart Island is New Zealand’s third island. We offer a range of experiences on the island as well as operate a daily ferry service between Bluff and Stewart Island. Visitors to the island can stay at the Stewart Island Lodge owned and operated by Real Journeys.
Known as ‘The Garden City', Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand’s South Island. It is the largest city in the South Island and easily accessible by both international and domestic airports, road or sea. Popular activities include a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, a visit to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, walks, biking or driving through the Port Hills for stunning views of the city and coast.