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South IslandFiordlandDoubtful Sound

Iconic NZ at a sweet price! Providing awesome experiences in Doubtful Sound with small boat day cruises.

Sit back, relax and cruise in comfort onboard the Tasman Explorer in remote and beautiful Doubtful Sound. With a maximum capacity of 45 passengers, we offer the only small boat day cruise in this remote wilderness.

Cross Lake Manapouri by ferry, then coach across the Southern Alps over the Wilmot Pass down into Doubtful Sound, where we spend 3hrs exploring the full length of the fiord out to the Tasman Sea.
The isolation means few people get to experience the unique tranquility found here.

We have free hot drinks on board and offer a free transfer coach from Te Anau or Manapouri.

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15 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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Nivault

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice trip in the Doubtful Sound where you can see dolphins and seals.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in March 2017

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Marc

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Great guides and service, 100% recommended.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jill Grange

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised, informative staff. Beautiful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Angharad Lloyd

England

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth getting up early for! The staff were so enthusiastic and full of interesting facts and information. Going on the early trip was made better by the fact we were the only boat on the Sound at the time so it was peaceful.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 10/10

Informative guides on each stage. Relaxed atmosphere.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

It was a very nice cruise but we did do a kayak trip the day before and nothing was going to beat that!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ixtaso Roncal

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Logan Leduc

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Small boat than Real Journeys, well organised, a bit cheaper per person. Everything went without any problems.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014

15 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Nivault's avatar

Nivault

France

Ranking: 10/10

Nice trip in the Doubtful Sound where you can see dolphins and seals.

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in March 2017

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Marc's avatar

Marc

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Great guides and service, 100% recommended.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Jill Grange's avatar

Jill Grange

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised, informative staff. Beautiful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Angharad Lloyd's avatar

Angharad Lloyd

England

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth getting up early for! The staff were so enthusiastic and full of interesting facts and information. Going on the early trip was made better by the fact we were the only boat on the Sound at the time so it was peaceful.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Jill Stebbing's avatar

Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 10/10

Informative guides on each stage. Relaxed atmosphere.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

It was a very nice cruise but we did do a kayak trip the day before and nothing was going to beat that!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Award-1-24px Congratulations Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound

Rankers TravellerVoted Awards 2014 Boat Cruises Winner

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Ixtaso Roncal

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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Logan Leduc

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Small boat than Real Journeys, well organised, a bit cheaper per person. Everything went without any problems.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2014