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RealNZ - Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

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


  • 2 hour 45 mins cruise cruise of Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the beautiful waterways of the inner-fiord
  • Commentary by our knowledgeable onboard nature guide
  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins and fur seals
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound

Begin your adventure with a cruise across the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm.

From there a scenic drive over Wilmot Pass, with photo opportunities along the way to view Doubtful Sound glistening below.

Upon arrival at Doubtful Sound, you’ll be welcomed by our crew to board the Sinbad vessel. Take advantage of her viewing decks in good weather, and if the rains set in, feel free to keep wrapped up in the warm – never missing a beat of the view through her large glass windows.

Experience a mesmerizing and enchanting cruise through this fiord with rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets.

Our nature guides will share their knowledge of this pristine fiord and point out any wildlife we may encounter, including dolphins and fur seals.

Three times longer than Milford Sound, immerse yourself in the sheer beauty and vastness of the isolated Doubtful Sound.

Adult $199.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $75.00 (5 to 15yrs)
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
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Cruise Doubtful Sound



  • Departs: RealNZ Visitor Centre, 64 Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri.

    Manapouri is 2.5 3hrs drive from Queenstown.

  • 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.

Available Bookings from January 29 to February 04

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All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult $199.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $169.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $169.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $169.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $169.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free

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

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


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Gavin Taylor from New Zealand wrote on 23 August 2020

Fab day out

From the moment we checked in at manapouri our day was fantastic. Staff all very friendly and nothing was to much trouble.

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angelat5 from New Zealand wrote on 10 October 2020

Excellent trip

The day went so fast, from the minute you sign in and your on your first ferry then before you know it your coming home again. So much stunning scenery, absolutely everywhere. The bus trip was good, we had a good driver with a good sense of humour. Loved everything on this trip, the Sounds were stunning.... Exactly what we thought we would see. You won't be dissapointed.

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Daniel Lehrke from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2020

A perfect day

Perfect sunny day. Bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and blue penguins. Kaleidoscope reflections and beautiful landscapes. Even with out the sun and the friendly dolphins, this would have been 5/5 Great guides and great place

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Fiona from New Zealand wrote on 27 January 2020

Nice day

Lovely trip, we were very lucky with the weather as it was sunny with some waterfalls left over from the previous nights rain. So yes both boat jounery were beautiful and really enjoyed the bus journey. There was some commentary on both the boats but the only one that was engaging was the bus driver.. he was very good, the others we ok just didnt really capture attention over the engine noises. Overall the day was very long and could be a bit of a challenge to many travelers who maybe come to nz for an active holiday. There was a few passengers taking naps on the boat.. but I guess that's something just to think a out. I thought I needed the day to rest but was more itching to get out. In that sence the shorted Milford cruise may have suited better. Also the free coffee is instant you have to pay for real coffee... snack were reasonably priced on board.

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yoann martichon from New Zealand wrote on 10 October 2020

Fantastic experience

Fantastic experience in the doubtful sound, the real journey crews are all experts and can tell you many stories about the sounds. Loved it and will do it again

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    Child * 5 to 15yrs

      Infant * 0 - 4 years

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