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Doubtful Sound 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 or 2 nights
  • 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. Due to the remote location, we can only accept cash or Visa/Mastercard credit cards with raised numbers to allow an imprint to be made
  • Includes kayaking and tendercraft (small boat) activities
  • You’ll have a full buffet breakfast including cooked and continental options

Extra information

  • Duvets, sheets and towels provided
  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available
  • Suitable for all ages, with the exception of infants in quad share
  • 2 night option will include shore walks in Fiordland National Park (weather pending)

Departure Times

The trip leaves Pearl Harbour, Manapouri at 12.30pm and returns 12pm the following day. 

You are required to check-in at the Real Journeys Visitor Centre 30min before your departure time.


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.

Free parking is available at Manapouri. 


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 for first day
  • Small bag only

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



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 

 

 

About the Milford Wanderer 

Between 19 Dec - 6 Jan the Milford Wanderer will be operating our two night Overnight Cruise option. 

The Milford Wanderer​

Designed along the lines of a traditional sailing scow, the Milford Wanderer has old world charm combined with modern facilities and the latest in safety equipment.  After recent refurbishment the Milford Wanderer offers "twin-share" compartments and shared bathroom facilities. 

  • 32 passengers per departure
  • Warm, comfortable accommodation (two passengers per sleeping compartment)  
  • Modern shared bathroom facilities with hot showers 
  • Delicious meals prepared by onboard chef  
  • Kayaks and small motorised craft available onbaord

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