100% of ticket price donated to Wanaka Search & Rescue and Southern Alps Rescue Trust
Come to the rescue of the trusts by losing yourself in Fiordland !
Join an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and every twin/double cabin sold will support two Wanaka Search & Rescue volunteers through advanced first aid training. One quad-share cabin will buy an hour of essential helicopter training time.
Your getaway starts from the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre. 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 guide 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.
Cruise-for-a-Cause trip details:
Date of departure: Friday 31 August 2018
Price: $1500 per twin-share/double-share cabin with ensuite ($750 per person). Quad-share $425 per person.
Ticket sales will close at the end of Sunday 20 July 2018.
Book online here or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 656501 - quoting "Cruise-for-a-Cause Doubtful Sound".
Important request from Wanaka Search & Rescue and Southern Alps Rescue Trust:
Wanaka Search & Rescue will only receive the name of your booking and number of passengers. They would like to make contact with all those joining their trip before it leaves and would welcome an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanaka Search & Rescue has guaranteed it will not use your email address for anything other than Cruise-for-a-Cause arrangements.
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.
As a fundraising event, there may be media on board and images will be shared on social media. All participants of this cruise agree to their image being used in any publicity about the Cruise-for-a-Cause (now and in the future) unless they specify otherwise prior to the trip by email to Tsehai Tiffin: email@example.com
All our Doubtful Sound experiences start in Manapouri which is around 2.5 – 3 hours from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Te Anau.
Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri: - departs 12noon (returns 11.45am day 2)
Only one overnight bag is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons. Don't forget the following:
Please note: If you have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process.
The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.
In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions our customers ask about our trips. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.
Fiordland’s weather is what gives the region its unique character. Rainfall is what makes Fiordland a land of lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls and fiords. Visitors should always be prepared to enjoy some rainfall during their stay. It is recommended to bring sensible clothing for cool and wet weather to fully appreciate your stay.
The temperatures you can expect in the different seasons are as follows:
While we cannot guarantee you will see wildlife, sightings of fur seals are reasonably common in both Doubtful and Milford Sounds. A pod of bottlenose dolphins resides in Doubtful Sound so you have a good chance of seeing these fascinating mammals, and in Milford Sound dolphins are occasional visitors. In both sounds the rare Fiordland crested penguin can at times be observed.
Throughout Fiordland the fiords are officially mapped as sounds. Strictly speaking, they should be called fiords.
A fiord is a glaciated valley - typically narrow and steep-sided - that has been flooded by the sea after the glacier’s retreat. A sound, on the other hand, is a river valley flooded by the sea following a rise in sea levels or depression of the land, or a combination of both.
Overnight Cruises and Quadshare - We are a group of three people and would like to book a shared quad-share room. Will this mean we would be sharing with another person?
Yes, you could potentially be sharing with another guest. Alternatively you could choose to pay for the entire quad cabin, or two double cabins, to ensure privacy. If you wish to pay for an entire quad cabin, please contact us directly by email, by phone or via webchat.
Note: quad-share cabins are mixed gender.
From Queenstown to Manapouri by car or coach takes around 2 hrs 45 mins and from Te Anau around 30 minutes. For more information refer to our Driving Times webpage.
Yes, we have plenty of free parking at Manapouri. Daytime car parking is provided adjacent to the Visitor Centre. Overnight car parking is a available on View St, a short 2 minute walk from our Manapouri Visitor Centre.
Yes, there is very limited luggage storage available in the waiting area at our Manapouri Visitor Centre for our overnight cruise passengers (maximum one bag only per person).
Access is not always possible as it is a working power station. However due to ongoing maintenance the Manapouri Underground Power Station is currently CLOSED and re-opening date is yet to be confirmed. Next update October 2018.
All prices and transactions on the Real Journeys website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
Our staff are trained to deal with incidents and in case of an emergency you should listen to their instructions.
We have a portable defibrillator on board each of our overnight cruise vessels (Milford Mariner, Milford Wanderer and Fiordland Navigator).
In addition to this we also have portable defibrillators at the following locations:
• Milford Sound Visitor Terminal
• Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Manapouri
• Cavern House (Te Anau Glowworm Caves)
• Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, Walter Peak
• TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship
• Stewart Island Ferry (Bluff - Oban - Bluff).