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3 Doubtful Sound
Experience the spectacular, remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound on our guided day trip.
Doubtful Sound is a beautiful fiord; three times longer than Milford Sound, with twisting arms, it has a surface area ten times larger. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away.
There’s no direct road access, so the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus trip over Wilmot Pass - New Zealand's most expensive (and majestic) road. We’ll pause along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening below. This isolation makes this fiord a very special place, only those in the know get to see.
Once you arrive, you will board the Fiordland Navigator for a 3 hour (approximately) cruise on Doubtful Sound - a spectacular pristine fiord. During the cruise our knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region. They’re always ready to answer questions, point out landmarks and provide all the information about the varied wildlife you may see, including dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.
The M.V. Sinbad or Patea may replace the Fiordland Navigator if maintenance or schedules require.
Things you should know
You’ll cruise across crystal clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
A highlight is the coach trip through Fiordland’s rainforest and over Wilmot Pass
Our dedicated nature guide will let you know all about the region's flora and fauna
Snacks are also available on board to purchase (cash only)
Complimentary tea and coffee is available
Licensed bar on board (extra cost, cash only)
The tour is suitable for all ages
All our Doubtful Sound experiences start in Manapouri which is around 2.5 – 3 hours from Queenstown and 30 minutes from Te Anau.
What to bring
Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.
As this is a 7-hour adventure we highly recommend you bring a packed lunch. Limited snacks and drinks are available for purchase (cash only)
Kids travel FREE from 11 January - 5 February 2021
under 5 years are free