Te Anau – Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Full Day – 31 March 2024


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Experience the spectacular, remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound on our guided day trip. Journey across Lake Manapouri, over the breathtaking Wilmot Pass and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. This is a must-do for nature lovers and explorers alike.


Doubtful Sound is a beautiful fiord; three times longer than Milford Sound and a surface area ten times larger with twisting arms. 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 vessel for a 3 hour (approximately) cruise on Doubtful Sound – a spectacular pristine fiord. During the cruise, our knowledgeable and friendly skipper or nature guide 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


  • Sunday, 31 March 2024 @ 9:45am – 6pm
  • Duration: 8.5 hours including return transport to/from Te Anau departing from: Realnz Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive
    Te Anau 9640
  • Start with a cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound
  • A 3-hour cruise through the waterways of Doubtful Sound
  • Cruise onboard the Patea Explorer (Southern Express, Fiordland Navigator, Mariner or M.V. Sinbad may substitute)
  • Commentary by our knowledgeable Skipper and Nature Guide
  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins
  • LUNCH INCLUDED – Cold Seasonal Lunch Box
  • Snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard

Activity Date

Day 22

Additional Information:

Due to the multi-leg journey and floating wharf access, guests will need to have a reasonable level of mobility
Manapouri Café will be open daily from 9.00am. Café menu has a range of beautiful homemade food & Allpress Coffee for you to enjoy pre-cruise or to take with you
Snacks and drinks are also available to purchase onboard

What to bring
Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.
Please remember to bring personal medication including for asthma and allergies.

Cancellations: In the event of a cancellation or amendment to your booking, refunds will only be granted when RealNZ receives notification at least 24 hours prior (NZ time) to departure date.


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