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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises

2 March 2018

"Highly recommended"

There was a special almost serene feeling about this trip from the point of arrival at Manapouri. The day started with a boat trip across lake Manapouri before being taken by bus on a gravel road through the bush, the road owed its existence to the hydro station built at the far end of Lake Manapouri. By this point you are already well off the beaten track. We boarded the impressive Navigator at the start of Doubtful Sound. Excellent cabin, service and food. Highlights included two lengthy encounters with bottle nose dolphins, fur seals, albatross, kayaking, swimming and the special moment when the engines were cut so we could all experience the sound of silence. Everybody from the captain, the nature guide and all members of staff were excellent and gave us an experience to remember.

David T, Scotland, UK via TripAdvisor

3 February 2018

"Wonderful experience"

The Fiordland Navigator (operated by Real Journeys) offers a wonderful experience. I was travelling as part of a group and we occupied the least expensive option - quads, with access to excellent hot showers. I particularly enjoyed going out on the tender with the naturalist who pointed out orchids, plants, trees, birds and fish but do cover up - the sandflies have voracious appetites! Afternoon tea and a good soup was followed by a plentiful buffet. Do leave room for the dessert! I was up early to see the sunrise - stunning scenery in very good weather - and enjoyed a hot breakfast before we arrived back at Deep Cove to take the 45 minute bus ride over Wilmots Pass and the 45 minute ride across Lake Manapouri. 
An experience not to be forgotten and a highlight of my time in NZ.

SusanParsons34, London, UK via TripAdvisor

4 January 2018

"Magical World"

Doubtful Sound is a real magic and rural area which is not accessible just by car. Therefore less tourists go to this area and much more enjoyable. We had an overnight stay with Real Journey, where we had 69 people on board. It did not feel too much either. You can´t see other boats around you. Beautiful and peacful place. Highly recommended.

Annamaria V, Zurich, Switzerland via TripAdvisor

11 December 2017

"Unbelievably brilliant experience!"

The overnight trip on Doubtful Sound was a truly memorable experience and worth every penny of the price.
Lovely accommodation with en-suite shower, great food, friendly and very helpful staff and totally stunning scenery and wildlife.
A "must do" trip when in New Zealand.

Peregrine44, London, UK via TripAdvisor

24 December 2017

"Stunning 24 hour trip"

We left the overnight trip on Doubtful Sound until the end of our holiday. We found the company absolutely brilliant every step of the way from initial booking to the politeness and friendliness of all the staff we had contact with. The trip itself was a stunner. Apart from the amazing scenery, the sense you really are somewhere special, the wonderful food we had and the quality of the accommodation as well what we really appreciated was the way the crew turned a trip into a very personal experience for us. Their knowledge of the Sound, the geography and biology is excellent and they took full advantage of local conditions to ensure we saw, and heard, as much as possible. The young crew were a delight. Now we are back home we cannot stop talking about the experience we had. So thank you everyone for the holiday highlight.

EnglandMick, UK via TripAdvisor

25 November 2017

"Wonderful overnight cruise of Doubtful Sound!"

My friends and I had a great experience aboard the Navigator for our overnight Doubtful Sound Cruise with Real Journeys. The scenery was just amazing even with cloudy skies and low hanging clouds. We were fortunate to see the sun the next morning and this brought even more fantastic views! This is such a peaceful place! We had the four person berths with shared baths but this was fine with us though it can get a little noisy during the night since there are just curtains and no doors on the cabins. (FYI: I booked our rooms one year in advance and these were the only beds available for our November sailing) This was a real adventure in travel for us but fun too! We saw dolphins three times, several penguins and fur seals. Kayaking or a tender boat ride and swimming was available once we docked for the night. The food was wonderful and plentiful! Cash bar is available too. We especially enjoyed the on board naturalist, Carol, for all the information with interesting historical facts and wildlife information. A fantastic experience if you have the opportunity but book early if you want a private room with en suite bath!

AWWTG, Fort Collins, USA via TripAdvisor

16 October 2017

"Stunning overnight in doubtful sound!"

We booked an overnight in doubtful sound on the Fiordland Navigator boat. The journey to the sound is long. We took a coach from Queenstown to Lake Manapouri. From there a ferry to the road which takes you to the sound where you board the boat.

The staff on the boat are great. Very knowledgeable about the area, there is a nature expert and a full staff including chef. The views, the peaceful environment, the nature, seals, penguins all contribute to an amazing experience! On top of that, the food is absolutely delicious!

Omar I, London, UK via TripAdvisor

20 September 2017

"Absolutely magnificent!"

We went on the overnight cruise to Doubtful Sound from Queenstown and it was absolutely magnificent! Queenstown was hit with some bad weather which can often close the Milford Sound road so we played it safe with Doubtful Sound trip (and heard it was the better and less touristy of the Fiord tours!). We were not disappointed! From the second we got on the bus, our first bus driver was giving us facts and information about the local area and hot spots on the way to our ferry. One of our group of 3 was partially sighted and said the commentary was an amazing touch to the drive. Then we caught the ferry with amazing reflective views across Manapouri and onto our next bus trip, with equally good commentary! And that’s not even starting to talk about the overnight boat. We’ve never been in such untouched, isolated tranquillity. The staff were fantastic, food was delicious and plentiful and the nature guides gave us so much information and were so enthusiastic about their jobs, it really made the trip. It was worth every penny and the accommodation was really clean and comfy. I genuinely don’t think we can find a criticism about this trip. Would definitely recommend to a friend!

rmurchnz, Queenstown, NZ via TripAdvisor

22 May 2017

"An amazing experience"

We visited Doubtful Sound and had a night on the Fiordland Navigator which I would recommend to anyone visiting the area. The 2 days were very well organised from the coach pick-up at 11.30 am, then the boat across Lake Manapouri, next the coach across Wilmot Pass and then the cruise down Doubtful Sound on the Fiordland Navigator. The boat is very impressive,- the public areas are large and although there are 70 passengers on board it doesn't seem cramped. Our cabin, number 2 was well spec'ed, a comfortable bed and a small bathroom but everything you needed. As we left the jetty a pod of dolphins appeared,- what a start! The weather was amazing and the scenery jaw dropping. The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff were all energetic and informative, especially the nature guide and Catherine. We really enjoyed this cruise and would recommend it to anyone visiting New Zealand.

Sheilambutcher, Berkshire, UK via TripAdvisor

3 May 2017

"My favourite part of our month long New Zealand tour"

We went on the Fiordland overnight cruise. This was my favourite part of our month long New Zealand tour. Everyone we met, from the coach driver to the boat staff were amazing, friendly and helpful.  The accommodation was lovely, clean and surprisingly spacious. The food was equivalent to a top restaurant. The staff were well informed and happy to answer questions.  A lasting memory is standing in complete silence looking at the scenery, a moment to savour. We were very lucky with the weather too.

theoldone, Chelmsford, UK via TripAdvisor

17 March 2017

"So spectacular"

We did an overnight cruise provided by Real Journeys. Weather fine, bright sunshine, scenery just stunning. Crew were amazing, really helpful and informative. Kayaking was on offer, we did a shoreline tour in a small tender, guide provided lots of insights into how the landscape formed, the plant and bird life. Saw a fur seal colony, including a pup, on rock at the junction with the Tasman Sea; and a pod of dolphins came to ride the bow waves early morning. And we had 10 mins complete silence on the boat just hearing the birdsong and watching the sun slowly come up. Really good buffet dinner and full breakfast were included. A bit of a hassle to get there (boat across Lake Manapouri, coach over Wilmot Pass), but well worth it and, we were told, far fewer boats and people than Milford Sound, but equally good scenery.

MaggiePreston, Preston, UK via TripAdvisor

14 February 2017

"Real Journeys organised this marvellous overnight cruise"

Real Journeys organised this marvellous overnight cruise. Doubtful Sound has many different arms and the cruise explored many of them. Saw NZ fur seals, woke up to see a school of dolphins accompanying the boat. The trip included activities such as kayaking, swimming and visiting the shoreline on a tender boat. Food excellent and staff very attentive. This trip is a must if you want to see untouched nature at its best - feel privileged to have seen such virgin wilderness. Thank you, RJ!

Lislewend, Taupo, NZ via TripAdvisor

10 January 2017

"Doubtful Sound overnight cruise was amazing"

Even though it rained much of the first day, this was our favorite part of our 2 week NZ vacation. The cruise is amazing, the scenery and animals are incredible and Real Journeys crew does a great job letting you know what is happening and makes the whole thing feel comfortable. They are very knowledgable and even though the boat holds 70 passengers it did not feel like a big group experience because there was enough space for everyone to be comfortable in multiple areas of the ship and the water activities were divided into small groups. You really should do this cruise!

aklor, Tucson, USA via TripAdvisor

29 November 2016

"We were amazed by this wonderful trip"

We were amazed by this wonderful trip. It leaves from Manapouri, travelling across Lake Manapouri, then a bus to Doubtful Sound. There were about 66 of us on the trip. The ship was magical - like stepping back in time. No wi-if, no phone signal, so very peaceful. The crew were great - particularly Carol, the wildlife guide, whose knowledge and enthusiasm were inspiring. We say blue penguins, lots of seals, dolphins that put on a spectacular show - leaping out of the water for the pure joy of being able to do it! We made friends from Ukraine over dinner - the food was surprisingly good. Not a cheap trip, but one of those special things that will stay with us forever.

ChrisA-S, Fife, Scotland via TripAdvisor

26 April 2016

"Wonderful experience ...."

Wonderful experience in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen
We made an overnight cruise from Manapouri aboard the Fiordland Navigator. Everything about the trip was first rate for service and sights. Food and accommodation were excellent and the Nature Guide was so passionate about her subject with obvious reason. The place is unreal!

Vivien T, Hereford, UK via TripAdvisor

31 March 2016

"Great overnight trip"

We went on an overnight cruise with Real Journeys. From the start everything was well organised. The journey there is long but interesting - across Lake Manapouri and then a bus ride across the Wilmot Pass before reaching the Sound. The boat was good, very clean and the cabins were a good size for one night with a clean bathroom and fluffy towels. Our guide, Carol, was excellent and the chef, Stefan, catered well for my egg allergy. The food was good and catered for all diets including vegan......

Strolling_Goldfish, UK via TripAdvisor

9 March 2016

"Great trip"

Did the overnight cruise starting from Queenstown at 8am and then 2 bus journeys and a boat.  All well organised by Real Journeys.  Overnight cruise was great.  Lovely boat and crew.  Nice twin cabin, good self service food and drink.  Excellent activities - the small boat, kayaks, swimming, sound of silence.  Fantastic scenery and well informed commentary.

Ianmcllondon, London, UK via TripAdvisor

20 January 2016

Overnight stay

Shouldn’t need to say much if you have ever seen pictures of the Doubtful Sound. An extremely professional staff took us on the overnight trip. The boat was extremely comfortable, the food delicious, and we had a great time. Those who get seasick have little need to worry given how protected the Sound is. Highly recommend the overnight, with an opportunity to kayak and swim in the Sound! Real Journey was definitely the company to use given their professionalism and knowledge.

MarkWW1957, Princeton via TripAdvisor

12 January 2016

"Awesome overnight cruise"

The overnight cruise with Real Journeys is fabulous. This company is very professional and efficient. Doubtful Sound is more remote and therefore less crowded and touristy than Milford Sound. Although I have not been to Milford Sound, I cannot imagine anything more beautiful than Doubtful Sound. It involves a bus ride from Queenstown, then a boat ride to another bus which takes you up and over a range to Doubtful Sound. Because of the lengthy transit, I would highly recommend the overnight cruise rather than the day trip.....

FernieJane, British Colombia, Canada via TripAdvisor

11 November 2015

"The sound of silence"

We did the overnight cruise in doubtful sound - research suggested it was just as good as Milford but much quieter. The journey there is part of the experience:
bus to Manipouri, boat across the lake, bus to the top of the sound, boat on the sound. It all went like clockwork and the scenery, especially over wilmot pass,
was awesome. The boat was very comfortable, food was great and we were lucky enough to see a whale. The commentary from the coach and boat drivers and the naturalist on the boat were superb. Hats off guys.
But the best bit? When motors and generators on the boat were turned off for 10 minutes and everyone was asked to sit and enjoy the silence. You could hear the waterfalls, the birds, the bush. Brilliant.

Visited November 2015

Janelle W via Tripadvisor

6 November 2015

"Overnight was great "

We had a fantastic time cruising the spectacular sound with great food and drinks. The on board, bus driver and all staff help and commentary was really good too.  We saw great wildlife including whales and awesome scenery. Just a pity they let other tourists in too!

Visited November 2015

19B1986 via Tripadvisor

14 October 2015

"Not to be missed!"

This review is for the Doubtful Sound overnight trip.  My friend and I were planning to do a day trip to Milford Sound, but when we were chatting to staff at our hostel we discovered that the Doubtful trip was on sale and meant to be great.
We went ahead with it and couldn't have been happier with our decision. The staff at Real Journeys were phenomenal to deal with from start to finish. All of the crew on the boat were knowledgeable and friendly. Carol was a wealth of knowledge and really helped make the experience immersive with all of the details she shared. The food was amazing - I'll admit that I had low expectations when I heard there was a buffet dinner since I find those kinds of mass produced meals to usually be underwhelming, but the food Stefan and his team prepared was amazing.  Since we were traveling and staying hostels we had been cooking most of our meals, so this was such a treat. The chance to kayak in the fjord was unreal - so serene to be out there in the water.
The only thing I'd change about the trip would have been to find a way to make it longer!

Visited October 2015

Shea O, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA via Tripadvisor

29 October 2015

"Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise"

I have had the pleasure of previously doing a day trip (1990), overnight (2007) and the overnight again this week. Just an amazing tour company to tour with.
Doubtful Sound undoubtably surpasses Milford Sound that I have also done day trip on. The buffet dinner and breakfast were superb and the crew exceptional.
Sim's knowledge of the environment is exceptional. Thank you all.

Visited October 2015

Margaret B, Ipswich, Australia via Tripadvisor

20 November 2014

"Once in a lifetime experience"

A once in a life time trip! Overnight cruise. Doubtful Sound is a truly beautiful place, everywhere you turn there is an incredible view.
Apart from the Navigator there was only one other boat on the Fiord, a much more peaceful & exclusive experience compared to Milford Sound which can get very busy with tour operators.
The food was beautiful, the accommodation unique & comfortable. Transfers between land and water were efficient whilst remaining enjoyable, learning about Fiordland National Park from the running commentary. All staff were fantastic & a credit to Real Journeys.

Visited November 2014

katiecharlotte1, Preston, UK via TripAdvisor

8 October 2014

"Truly stunning"

Went for the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise with Real Journey. The boat had great facilities and was very comfortable. The staff was very friendly and looked like they enjoyed helping us discover the sound. Doubtful is mesmerising, bigger and more impressive than Milford Sound and yet as fewer people visit there is a real feeling of tranquillity and remoteness. The wildlife is incredible and you usually get to observe dolphins and seals. There is an option to go kayaking which is a great to explore the shores more closely. The dinner served was also delicious and the boat has a bar to enjoy in the evening. Overall it was one of the best thing I have done in New Zealand.

Visited September 2014

Marwan N, Queenstown, NZ via TripAdvisor

4 September 2014

"Just amazing"

We did the overnight cruise and enjoyed it so much. Best nz experience! The view is breathtaking! The crew and the nature guide are amazing!! The kayaking was awesome! And the food was so delicious!! Loved it!!

Visited September 2014

IIdigoNZ, Germany via TripAdvisor

7 January 2014

"Wonderful overnight experience"

We chose to do the overnight trip on Doubtful Sound. It was a very memorable experience. There had been plenty or rain before we arrived but cleared up later which meant we got to see gorgeous scenery and waterfalls. Did the kayaking which was fun. The staff were brilliant and enthusiastic. We were lucky to see plenty of wildlife - hump back whales, dolphins, penguins, albatross, seals and lots of birds. The cabins were nice and clean. The food on board was excellent. We love the 5 minutes of complete silence. A really memorable experience would highly recommend.

Visited November 2013

baggiebird22, Birmingham, UK via TripAdvisor

21 January 2014

"Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise"

i had previously done the milford sound overnight trip and totally loved it and had been on day trip in doubtful sound.i think the best way to see the sounds are on an overnight trip.its so much more relaxed and you get to do activities on the water when you moor in a beautiful sheltered cove for the night.first you leave pearl harbour in manapouri and cross the lake which is beautiful,then at the end of the lake where the underground power station is you board a bus over the divide to the wharf.its beautiful if theres snow up there in the mountains.once on the fiordland navigator you start cruising doubtful sound.the staff are very knowledgeable and make it really interesting.they sail out towards the tasman sea and if conditions are condusive the raise the sails and sail out to see and back.then they cruise to the mooring spot and you get to choose from varied water activities for the next couple of hours.the smorgasbord dinner is fantastic!!!!they have games on board and books to read .they also show a commentary film which is great.the morning brings a smorgasbord brekky as well.what a beautiful trip.having done both the sounds with real journey overnight cruises ,i couldnt pick the better one of the 2 because they are both different and equally as amazing.

Visited September 2013

Maree B, Gympie, Australia via TripAdvisor

28 April 2013

"Loved this perfect gorgeous cruise!"

Overnight cruise and kayaking in Doubtful Sound. All perfectly organized, super friendly helpful staff, the best buffet I've had in New Zealand! The naturist had all the info, the Captain was so friendly and easy to talk to. I chose the shared 4 bed cabin. Plenty of space and comfortable. Besides the mindblowing kayak experience, waking up in the still waters of Doubtful Sound and watching the sun rise through the mist was something I'll never forget. Including the boat ride across Lake Manapouri, and the bus ride over the pass to get to Doubtful, the staff were always entertaining and teaching along the way. Not a single complaint. Well done Real Journeys!

Visited April 2013

Becauseicanworldtour, Adelaide, Australia via TripAdvisor

19 April 2013

"Incredible"

We did an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound after 2 weeks in a camper van with 2 teenagers in April 2 years ago but thought it was a real highlight of our trip and I should recommend it. The collection point in Te Anau was easy and we felt comfortable leaving our camper there. The journey started with a small boat trip, then a coach ride before we got to the boat. The boat was more than comfortable and we had a bunk style room for the 4 of us with a shared bathroom. Food was incredible and always plenty. The weather was beautiful and sunny one day and the next was raining so we got to see the best of both worlds with amazing reflections and then waterfalls flowing. The canoeing was great to get up close to the bank, swimming off the back deck if you could stand the water temp. A trip well worth the $. Highly recommended - Real Journeys.

Visited April 2013

Ingrid08_11 Canberra, Australia via TripAdvisor

16 February 2013

"Brilliant Overnight Cruise"

We had (as part of our holiday package) booked the overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. The first part was a boat transfer from the wharf at Manapouri to the power station on the West Arm of Lake Manapouri. After this 1-hour ride, we transferred to a bus for the ride over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove (at the start of Doubtful Sound). The bus driver was very informative on the 45-minute journey. We boarded the boat at Deep Cove for our overnight cruise. Part way along, we had the choice of kayaking or going on a tender for a quick explore of the water's edge. I chose the latter since it was led by an experienced guide who was providing natural history information. The food on the boat was really good (and plentiful); the cabin was comfortable (not huge, but the boat isn't very big). We would recommend this trip to anyone.

Visited January 2013

GerMar60, Burton-on-Trent, UK via TripAdvisor

11 January 2012

"Fiordland Navigator Overnight trip Excellent"

From the moment we were picked up from our hotel accommodation till we reached our destination at Manapouri we were blown away. The informative, excellent coach driver. the the welcoming staff on the boat, the coach driver from Manapouri to Fiordland, to the welcoming staff when joining the boat we can't speak more highly of. What a memorable trip. We would recommended this trip to anyone.

Visited January 2012

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