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Doubtful Sound Navigator Overnight Cruises

Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the Fiordland Navigator takes you through the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience.

Your itinerary starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arriving at Deep Cove you’ll be met by our crew and the majestic Fiordland Navigator.

Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.

As you cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, our knowledgeable nature guides will provide 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 to simply relax on board. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent. 

In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by our on-board chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our 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, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was.

Things you should know:

  • Duration is 1 night
  • Accommodation (the boat sleeps 72):
    • Private cabins with ensuite bathrooms
    • Quad share bunk - style compartments (shared bathrooms)
  • Enjoy a three-course dinner including soups, buffet of salads and hot dishes and a selection of desserts and cheeses (vegetarian options available)
  • There is a licensed bar on board
  • Includes kayaking and tendercraft (small boat) activities
  • You’ll have a full buffet breakfast including cooked and continental options

Extra information

  • There are daily Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections (extra cost) with free transfers from most accommodation
  • Picnic lunch options can be pre-ordered for first day
  • Duvets, sheets and towels provided
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available
  • Suitable for all ages, with the exception of infants in quad share

Getting there

All our Doubtful Sound experiences start in Manapouri which is around 2.5 – 3 hours from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Te Anau.

You can drive there yourself, or if you’d much rather relax and let us do the driving, we offer coach connections from Queenstown and Te Anau.

Our coach drivers are extremely knowledgeable about the area, its history and local flora and fauna and will provide you with informative commentary along the way.


We depart from three main locations:

  • Manapouri (cruise only): Departs from the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri at 12noon / 12.30pm (returns 11.45am day 2)
  • Te Anau (coach & cruise): Departs 11am / 11.30am (returns 12.45pm on day 2)
  • Queenstown (coach & cruise): Departs 9.00am (returns 3.30pm on day 2)

If you choose an accommodation pick up in Te Anau and Queenstown, please note that these times do vary from those noted above - accommodation pick up times are shown during the booking process and also on your booking confirmation.

What to bring

Only one carry-on bag is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons.  Don't forget the following:

  • Non-slip walking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket*
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes*
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent*
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Camera
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Lunch and snacks or pre-order a lunch box for first day
  • Small bag only

* Essential items if you are doing activities. Activities take place even if it is raining.

Lunch Options

If you require a vegetarian lunch, or if you have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. Please order your lunch when you make your booking. Lunches to be picked up at the Manapouri Visitor Centre prior to boarding the vessel.  All lunches are contained in a recyclable cardboard box.  We no longer issue additional plastic bags, so we encourage you to bring your own bag to carry your pre-ordered lunch onboard.  Lunch menus are indicative only.

Picnic Lunch

Adult $21, Child $21 (1 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2020)

Fresh filled wrap, chopped fruit, muesli slice, nuts, chocolate presented in a recyclable cardboard box. Complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Deluxe Picnic Lunch

Adult $28, Child $28 (1 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2020)

Fresh filled wrap, ham & cheese croissant, chopped fruit with yogurt, cheese and crackers, muesli slice, nuts, chocolate served in a recyclable cardboard lunch box.
Complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Fiordland Navigator vessel in Doubtful Sound

Fiordland Navigator

About the Fiordland Navigator

The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords. 

  • Sleeps 72
  • Private cabins with ensuites (twin or double bed configuration) 
  • Quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities (mixed gender)
  • Spacious viewing decks, dining saloon, licensed bar and observation lounge
  • Carries kayaks and tender craft onboard 




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