Join an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and help Baskets of Blessing and Let’s Eat secure commercial equipment to expand and increase their meal production to better meet the needs of the local community.
Your getaway starts from the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre. A short cruise across the scenic Lake Manapouri follows with a delicious lunch on board (kindly provided by Let's Eat), then a 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.
Lunch is provided on Saturday by Let's Eat
Three-course buffet dinner & cooked breakfast
Includes kayaking and small boat activities
Private cabins with ensuite bathrooms
Cruise-for-a-Cause trip details:
Date of departure: Saturday, 31st August 2019
Price: $949 per person (twin/double) / $450 per person (quad)
Ticket sales will close at the end of Sunday 21 July 2019.
Payment is required to secure your space.
Book online below or call our Customer Contact Centre on 0800 656501 - quoting "Cruise-for-a-Cause Doubtful Sound".
Important request from Baskets of Blessing & Let’s Eat:
Baskets of Blessing will only receive the name of your booking and number of passengers, as we do not pass on your contact details. They may like to make contact with all those joining their trip before it leaves and would welcome an email to: email@example.com so they are aware of everyone supporting their trip. (Note: Baskets of Blessing has guaranteed they will not use your email for anything other than Cruise-for-a-Cause arrangements).
Cancellation policy: Prepayment by credit card and subsequent confirmation by Real Journeys Ltd is accepted as confirmation of your booking. No refunds will be granted but we do allow swapping of passengers if you need to on-sell. We recommend travel insurance.
Media alert: 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: Tsehai.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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What weather can I expect in Fiordland?
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:
Spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius / 50- 66 Fahrenheit
How likely are we to see wildlife in Fiordland?
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.
Are linen and towels provided on the Milford and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises?
What is the difference between a sound and a fiord?
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.
How long does it take to travel to Manapouri?
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.
Is there car parking at Manapouri?
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.
Are there luggage storage facilities at Manapouri?
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).
Is the Manapouri Underground Power Station accessible?
The Manapouri Underground Power Station visit is CLOSED indefinitely due to maintenance by operators Meridian Energy. We are not permitted to access the Power Station for tours during this time. The Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise tour will still operate without the visit underground to the Powerstation.
Online transactions/prices are conducted in what currency?
All prices and transactions on the Real Journeys website are in New Zealand dollars (NZD). This is specified on the Terms & Conditions page.
What happens if there is an emergency ?
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 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).