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RealNZ - Doubtful Sound Wilderness Coach & Cruise from Queenstown

Experience the unrivalled beauty and pristine wilderness of Doubtful Sound with an unforgettable RealNZ day cruise.


  • 2hr 45 mins cruise of Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the beautiful waterways on our way out to the Tasman Sea
  • Commentary by our knowledgeable onboard nature guide
  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound

Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as we leave the hustle and bustle of Queenstown behind and venture deep into the Fiordland National Park.

Upon arrival in Manapouri, we will board our first vessel and cruise across the beautiful waterways of the lake towards the West Arm.

Guests will then board a coach to experience a scenic trip with photo opportunities over the epic Wilmot Pass, journeying through Fiordland’s majestic rainforest and into the sound.

Upon arrival at the sound, our friendly crew will welcome you onboard our purpose built catamaran the Patea Explorer.

Throughout the enchanting cruise of Doubtful Sound, you will be mesmerized by this vast fiord with its rugged peaks, lush rainforest, and beautiful hidden inlets.

Our experienced nature guides will share with you the knowledge and history of the fiord throughout the journey and highlight the local wildlife we may encounter such as dolphins and fur seals.

Join us and immerse yourself in nature and the sheer beauty and isolation of the pristine Doubtful Sound.

Adult $229.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $115.00 (5 - 15 years)
Infant $0.00 (0 - 4 years)

What's included

  • Cruise across crystal clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • Coach trip through Fiordland’s rainforest and over Wilmot Pass
  • Dedicated nature guide
  • Return coach transfers from Queenstown
  • Complimentary tea and coffee


  • Allow approximately 13 hours for the whole experience



  • Pickups Queenstown: Please select your pick up location from the default locations as you proceed to checkout. The default pickup locations from Queenstown are:

    1) RealNZ Visitor Centre, 37 Camp Street, Queenstown. (central Queenstown location) OR

    2) Frankton Bus Shelter (Terminus), SH6 Kingston Road, Frankton, Queenstown (near to the BP petrol station roundabout).

    Also include your accommodation name so that we know where you are staying, as it is possible your accommodation appears on our free pick up list. Any changes to your booking will be shown on the RealNZ email confirmation.

    Check In: Please check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure. Extra time is required as groups will not be able to board as one each will need to show their My Vaccine Pass and this cannot be done prior to check-in.

  • Infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge.

Available Bookings from January 27 to February 02

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Fri 28 Jan
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Mon 31 Jan
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  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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jamies6 from New Zealand wrote on 15 September 2021

Amazing experience

Unbelievable experience - like something out of Jurassic park. Big shout out to Brian for being a legend as well. Would definitely do again!

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Prathna Kumar from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2021

Absolutely Recommend

OMG where do I start!!!! The whole experience was amazing! The cruise was the most beautiful and peaceful thing I have ever seen! If you love rainforest, rivers, waterfalls, and just nature in general then I would definitely recommend. At first I thought 13 hours was quite long, but the entire trip from when we were picked was entertaining right till the very end! We had a female driver who picked us up and she told us the history of Queenstown and the drive there was interesting and I didn't even sleep throughout the bus ride (which I usually do). Then we had another guide Malcolm and it was amazing how much he told us about the rainforest and the geography involved. The cruise and commentating were my favorite!

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stephen from New Zealand wrote on 06 July 2021

Great raw beauty

Very enjoyable full and informative day, Well run, and raw wild scenery. A lot of similarities to Milford sound. Just bigger!

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Eshan Verma from New Zealand wrote on 28 June 2021

Good company excellent service

Great day friendly staff a must do

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glennd1 from New Zealand wrote on 26 May 2021

Doubtful Sound day trip

Thanks Real Journeys - for the awesome trip to Doubtful Sound. The glass roof coach trip to Manapouri was beautiful, our driver Lloyd was very knowledgeable, the ferry trip across the lake , the bus trip to Doubtful sound and the cruise around Doubtful sound with breath taking sights, were just an amazing and humbling experience. The fact that we saw dolphins, penguins and fur seals was a huge bonus. Highly recommended if you love a peaceful, beautiful, long day.

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