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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound, the second largest fiord in Fiordland National Park on this full day tour from Queenstown. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away.

Getting to Doubtful Sound is an adventure in itself - with no direct road access, the only way you can to get there is by a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass!

Board the Real Journeys vessel for a cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm.

A coach then takes clients across the alpine route of Wilmot Pass through some of Fiordland's most dense rainforest.

Upon reaching Deep Cove, board the vessel Patea Explorer for a 3 hour cruise on serene and isolated Doubtful Sound.

Patea Explorer is a 31.01 metre cruising catamaran. View waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, fur seals basking on the rocks, resident pods of bottlenose dolphins and rare Fiordland Crested Penguins.

On the return cruise, the vessel's engines are turned off and clients are treated to 'The Sound of Silence' before retracing their steps back to Queenstown.

Tour concludes at approximately 8:15pm (7:45pm from 01May-30Sep), at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

Experience Includes

  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Scenic coach journey over the Wilmot Pass
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Skipper provides live commentary
  • Pick-up and drop off from Queenstown hotels.

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Meals (available to be pre-booked locally at an extra cost)



Departure location


Start times

Varies - see calendar.


Around 12.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Itinerary is subject to change.
  • NZD $1.00 per Doubtful Sound passenger is donated to the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to assist with bottlenose dolphin research and conservation.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.