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From Queenstown: Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

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Explore the untouched wilderness of New Zealand with a full-day Doubtful Sound Cruise, offering scenic views, wildlife sightings, and a nature guide.


  • Escape the hustle and enjoy this full-day tour of Doubtful Sound, a fiord 3 times longer than Milford Sound, with transfers from Queenstown and a guide.

  • Traverse the crystal clear waters of serene Lake Manapouri on a cruise, then board a coach to cross the alpine route of the majestic Wilmot Pass.

  • Don't miss the spectacular views of rugged peaks, secret inlets, and rainforests, while learning about Fiordland's biodiversity from your guide.

  • Cruise Doubtful Sound's waters for 3 hours on a Patea Explorer for a 360° viewing experience, all while sipping on your complimentary tea or coffee.

  • Fun fact: Doubtful Sound, a haven for wildlife such as dolphins and fur seals, got its name from Captain Cook who was 'doubtful' of its navigability.


  • Full-day Doubtful Sound Wilderness tour

  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri

  • Coach trip over Wilmot Pass

  • Round-trip transfers from Queenstown

  • Knowledgable nature guide

  • Informative commentary

  • Interpretation hand-out sheets in 5 languages: English, German, French, Spanish & Japanese

  • Complimentary tea & coffee


  • Meals & drinks

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Immerse in the pristine wilderness

Set out on a mesmerizing journey that begins with a tranquil cruise across Lake Manapouri, one of New Zealand's most beautiful bodies of water. The adventure continues with a breathtaking coach trip over the Wilmot Pass, the country's most expensive road, offering unparalleled views of the lush Fiordland rainforest. You'll then descend into the heart of Fiordland National Park, bound for remote Doubtful Sound. This journey of discovery is made comfortable with round-trip transfers from Queenstown, informative hand-outs in multiple languages, and the warm hospitality of complimentary tea & coffee.

Wildlife encounters & scenic waters

It's now time to step aboard the Patea Explorer for an exceptional 3-hour cruise within the tranquil waterways of Doubtful Sound. Your knowledgeable skipper doubles as a nature guide, offering fascinating insights into the rich biodiversity of the region. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin as you sail amidst the towering peaks and verdant rainforests. The isolation of Doubtful Sound makes it a wildlife haven, and you'll feel the thrill of being in a place visited by only the most intrepid of travelers.

What to bring

  • It is recommended to wear non-slip shoes or boots, a waterproof jacket, and a warm sweater or fleece jacket.

  • It is advised to carry sunscreen, sunglasses, and an insect repellent.


  • Due to the multi-leg journey and floating wharf access, guests will need to have a reasonable level of mobility.

Additional information

  • The cruise vessel is subject to change without notice.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID during the pick-up.

Hotel transfers

  • This ticket includes hotel pickups and drop-offs from centrally located Queenstown hotels.

  • In the next step of booking, please specify the name of your hotel.

  • On the day of your tour, please report at your hotel lobby 10-15 min prior to your scheduled departure.

  • If your hotel does not have a lobby, please wait at the entrance of the hotel.

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