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Doubtful Sound Cruise-for-a-Cause

Join an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and raise funds for Forest & Bird at the same time.

Your getaway starts from the Real Journeys Queenstown Visitor Centre or Frankton Bus Shelter on a specially chartered coach.  Or you can self-drive to Manapouri.

A short cruise across the scenic Lake Manapouri follows, then coach across Wilmot Pass through dense rainforest to Deep Cove where your crew and the Fiordland Navigator await.

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/fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.

As you cruise through some of the fiord’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 small boat or simply relax on board.  For the more adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to take a dip!

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with the other guests on this special cruise and savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar.  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 and explore other parts of the fiord. You then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri.

The funds raised for Forest & Bird will support practical pest-control and establishing Predator Free New Zealand.

Trip highlights:

  • Three-course buffet dinner & cooked breakfast
  • Includes kayaking and small boat activities
  • Private cabins with ensuite bathrooms and quad-share bunk-style compartments
  • Coach connection from Queenstown is available at no extra charge (chartered by Forest & Bird) - but seats are limited and on a first come first served basis

Cruise-for-a-Cause trip details:

Date of departure: Saturday, 2nd September 2017
Price: $600 per adult / $300 per child.
Accommodation:  All prices are the same – first come first served for twin/double/quad rooms.
Ticket sales will close at the end of Monday 31 July 2017. Book online here or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 656501.

Early Bird Special:

For bookings made 26 May - 18 June 2017, we are offering an Early Bird special.
Prices will be reduced to: $500 per adult / $250 per child.
The special promotion will apply at the end of the booking process, prior to check out.


Important request from Forest & Bird:

Please email Jess at j.winchester@forestandbird.org.nz  to let her know you are part of the Cruise-for-a-Cause so she can keep you updated with arrangements.  Just write cruise-for-a-cause in the title.  Forest & Bird has guaranteed it will not use your email address for anything other than the Cruise-for-a-Cause. 

Real Journeys can only send the name of your booking and number of passengers to Forest & Bird. If you do not send the email  - you may miss out on important information.

Cancellation policy:
Prepayment by credit card and subsequent confirmation by Real Journeys Ltd is accepted as confirmation of your booking.  In the event of a cancellation or amendment to your booking, refunds will only be granted when Real Journeys receives notification at least 5 days prior to departure (in NZ time).
Cancellation fees are not negotiable, therefore we recommend travel insurance.

Media alert: As this is a charity event, there may be media on board, and images might be used in various channels including social media.  All participants agree to their image being used in any future publicity unless otherwise specified - please email Tsehai Tiffin prior to your trip: ttiffin@realjourneys.co.nz

Book Your Doubtful Sound Cruise-for-a-Cause

Departing from Manapouri

Cruise
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Departs: 12noon
Returns: 11.45am (day 2)
Season: 2 September 2017

From NZD: $600

(Per Adult for twin/double or quad-share)

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Booking Information

  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises depart Manapouri 12noon and returns 11.45am (day 2)
  • Child rates apply for 1 - 14 years
  • Infants (0 - 1yr) carried free if sleeping in a cot, otherwise child rates apply. Cots only in twin cabins. Passengers to provide own cot, unless by prior arrangement.
  • Quad-share: Not suitable for children under 5 years. We endeavour to assign compartments as "female" / "male" but cannot be guaranteed

Departing from Queenstown

Coach Cruise Coach
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Departs: 9am
Returns: 3.30pm (day 2)
Season: 2 September 2017

From NZD: $600

(Per Adult for twin/double or quad-share)

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Your Date of Travel

Booking Information

  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises depart Manapouri 9am and returns 3.30pm (day 2)
  • Child rates apply for 1 - 14 years
  • Infants (0 - 1yr) carried free if sleeping in a cot, otherwise child rates apply. Cots only in twin cabins. Passengers to provide own cot, unless by prior arrangement.
  • Quad-share: Not suitable for children under 5 years. We endeavour to assign compartments as "female" / "male" but cannot be guaranteed

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