Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises


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11 Boat Cruises

2 Doubtful Sound

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises - Real Journeys


Escape to the peace and tranquillity of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise

Your getaway starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. Then coach across Wilmot Pass on a sub-alpine road 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 tender boat or to simply relax onboard. For the more adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming!

In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef and served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and 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 spend the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. You then return to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri.


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James Jackson's avatar

James Jackson


Ranking: 10/10

Great overnight cruise. Excellent food. Staff and wildlife and scenery. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Hazel Norman


Ranking: 10/10

Definitely a highlight of our trip was the overnight cruise. Saw dolphins, seals and penguins. Well maintained track.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jonny Horn

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Would be perfect but for the price, slightly expensive for an average traveller. Incredible trip though: a very special place and a great Real Journeys team make for an unmissable experience.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Bartlomiej Berger


Ranking: 9/10

Good food and service, too much talking through the speaker system.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Ann Wilson


Ranking: 8/10

This was our bit of luxury, money wise, even though we shared a quad bunk - worked out fine (with a German couple). All transport was fine, boat had plenty of space (except some reserved booths!). Information as going was good. Food great. Very relaxing - good weather helped. Staff friendly. Activities OK. Saw lots of dolphins and seals which helped. Found a good couple to pal up with.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Anne and Steve Bartlett


Ranking: 9/10

Overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound. Lovely staff, great food (heaps of it), clean facilities. Very informative guide. Amazing trip even though the weather not the best.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Frederick Dean

United States

Ranking: 8/10

We saw penguins and dolphins.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Joey Mertzig

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, beautiful, helpful and knowledgable staff.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013