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    Doubtful Sound

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    Doubtful Sound
    Julian Apse
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    Doubtful Sound

    Overnight Cruises

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    Julian Apse
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    Doubtful Sound

    Overnight Cruises

    Doubtful Sound

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

06 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

08 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

04 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

07 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

Sillyshoes, New Zealand via TripAdvisor