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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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Email: info@GoOrange.co.nz

Website: Go Orange

Phone: 0800246672

Phone (intl): +6432498585

Te Anau Address:
21 Town Centre, Te Anau

Operating Season And Hours: Oct - April: 7 days, 6:30am - 8pm

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 9 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 about 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 about 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 about 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

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Daniel Robledo

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

It is too expensive but a really great place. Good treat and good advice.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

iHola. Thanks for your review and ranking, and we're very glad you enjoyed your trip :)

I guess Doubtful Sound could be considered expensive, but it roughly an 8 hour day..so if you broke it down, you're paying about $28 per hour for 5 hours of cruising on 2 boat trips, and a return coach trip across a mountain pass plus the attention of 2 staff members for the whole day. Which is not that bad when you consider that we also provide free transfers from Te Anau and unlimited free hot drinks on board as well. The ticket price also pays for Department of Conservation fees for operating in a National Park, fees for using the road across the Wilmot Pass, and marine mammal levies, Meridian Energy passenger levies, amongst other costs that we incur for operating in this beautiful remote wilderness area.

Kind regards

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Kristyna

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Good price for all day cruise.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Definitely an avenue for a limited number of discounted fares…mind you our 'normal' rate is pretty damn good anyway!

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Denise Ewbank

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Day cruise on Doubtful Sound. Picked up at campsite, great boat trips (Manapouri, Lake and Doubtful Sound) and powerstation visit. Well run and good value.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Thanks Denise - this feedback will be helpful for other travellers this coming summer season. We appreciate the time you took to do it.

Regards,

Kara M
Manager

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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Michele

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We did the full day doubtful sounds tour. What an incredible day with a fantastic bus driver / skippers. Nothing was a problem, they were so helpful and keen to make everyone's day special, even though they do it every day they managed to make it sound fresh, new and exciting... like an orange! I highly recommend these guys. By the way the normal sized lunch option if you buy it, would be fine for most people - the large option was huuuuge!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Wow, thank you for the ranking and the review Michele and we apologise for the delay in responding!
The lunch options are quite generous, but it's a long day out there in all that fresh air…we can't have you starving before you get back to land :)

Kara M
Manager

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Brita Topp

Cambodia

Ranking: 10/10

Doubtful Sound tour from TeAnau: VERY nice, well organised and very nice staff/guides througout. Pickup at holiday park by bus to Manapouri (30 min), boat across lake Manapouri (1 hr), bus via Homer Pass and power station (very interesting), then 3 hrs boat on Doubtful Sound. A day trip to remember!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Awesome! Thank you for your feedback :)

Regards,
Kara M
Go Orange Ltd
Manager - Admin/Sales & Marketing

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 9 months ago and experienced in March 2017

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

Marc's avatar

Marc

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Great guides and service, 100% recommended.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

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 about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Jill Stebbing's avatar

Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 10/10

Informative guides on each stage. Relaxed atmosphere.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 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…

Brenda Oomen's avatar

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 about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Ixtaso Roncal's avatar

Ixtaso Roncal

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2015

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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

Logan Leduc's avatar

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

Daniel Robledo's avatar

Daniel Robledo

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

It is too expensive but a really great place. Good treat and good advice.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

iHola. Thanks for your review and ranking, and we're very glad you enjoyed your trip :)

I guess Doubtful Sound could be considered expensive, but it roughly an 8 hour day..so if you broke it down, you're paying about $28 per hour for 5 hours of cruising on 2 boat trips, and a return coach trip across a mountain pass plus the attention of 2 staff members for the whole day. Which is not that bad when you consider that we also provide free transfers from Te Anau and unlimited free hot drinks on board as well. The ticket price also pays for Department of Conservation fees for operating in a National Park, fees for using the road across the Wilmot Pass, and marine mammal levies, Meridian Energy passenger levies, amongst other costs that we incur for operating in this beautiful remote wilderness area.

Kind regards

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

Rankers TravellerVoted Awards 2014 Boat Cruises Winner

Kristyna's avatar

Kristyna

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Good price for all day cruise.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Definitely an avenue for a limited number of discounted fares…mind you our 'normal' rate is pretty damn good anyway!

Denise Ewbank's avatar

Denise Ewbank

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Day cruise on Doubtful Sound. Picked up at campsite, great boat trips (Manapouri, Lake and Doubtful Sound) and powerstation visit. Well run and good value.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Thanks Denise - this feedback will be helpful for other travellers this coming summer season. We appreciate the time you took to do it.

Regards,

Kara M
Manager

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Michele's avatar

Michele

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We did the full day doubtful sounds tour. What an incredible day with a fantastic bus driver / skippers. Nothing was a problem, they were so helpful and keen to make everyone's day special, even though they do it every day they managed to make it sound fresh, new and exciting... like an orange! I highly recommend these guys. By the way the normal sized lunch option if you buy it, would be fine for most people - the large option was huuuuge!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Wow, thank you for the ranking and the review Michele and we apologise for the delay in responding!
The lunch options are quite generous, but it's a long day out there in all that fresh air…we can't have you starving before you get back to land :)

Kara M
Manager

Brita Topp's avatar

Brita Topp

Cambodia

Ranking: 10/10

Doubtful Sound tour from TeAnau: VERY nice, well organised and very nice staff/guides througout. Pickup at holiday park by bus to Manapouri (30 min), boat across lake Manapouri (1 hr), bus via Homer Pass and power station (very interesting), then 3 hrs boat on Doubtful Sound. A day trip to remember!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Go Orange! - Doubtful Sound responds:

Awesome! Thank you for your feedback :)

Regards,
Kara M
Go Orange Ltd
Manager - Admin/Sales & Marketing