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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Queenstown

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Overview

Take a Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise Day Tour from Queenstown, driving around beautiful Lake Wakatipu down to Manapouri. A day tour into this untouched fiord commences with a cruise across stunning Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then get on a coach and drive the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to experience the impenetrable Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound shimmering far below.

On arriving at Doubtful Sound, embark on a three-hour cruise on our roomy catamaran Patea Explorer, through some of the fiord’s most dramatic scenery. An expert nature guide gives commentary during the cruise, answers questions and draws attention to highlights.

You will be struck by the quietness of Doubtful Sound, once you see the fiord – the quietness is disturbed only by birdsong or the rushing of a far-away waterfall. Only a few hours after leaving civilization, the magnificence and remoteness of Doubtful Sound are so undeniable that it’s hard to realise. There are frequent wildlife sightings in Doubtful Sound. The fiord’s local pod of bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen in the deep waters; whilst fur seals relax on rocky outcrops.

On some departures a day tour to Doubtful Sound also takes in a trip to Manapouri Underground Power Station**, one of New Zealand’s chief sources of sustainable hydro-power.

**PLEASE NOTE: Update as of October 2017: The Manapouri Underground Power Station is CLOSED due to ongoing maintenance work by Meridian Energy. We have not been granted access and areunable to run tours. Re-opening date is yet to be confirmed. Next update October 2018.

Deluxe Picnic Lunch*

  • Turkish Bread - fillings including a combination of Lettuce, Cucumber, Beef, Swiss Cheese, Alpha Sprouts, Mayonnaise, Apricot & Capsicum Chutney
  • Rustic Wholemeal Bread Roll - Lettuce, Mayonnaise, NZ Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese dressing, Red Capsicum & Snow Peas
  • Apricot & Coconut Slice and Chocolate Muesli Brownie
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Dried Fruit/Nut Mix (Trail mix)
  • After Dinner Mint
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee

Picnic Lunch*

  • Turkish Bread - fillings including a combination of Lettuce, Cucumber, Beef, Swiss Cheese, Alpha Sprouts, Mayonnaise, Apricot & Capsicum Chutney.
  • Honey Muesli Slice
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Apple, Grapes
  • After Dinner Mint
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee

*Vegetarian option available 

Please order your lunch when you make your booking. Lunches to be picked up at the Manapouri Visitor Centre prior to boarding the vessel. Lunch menus are indicative only.
 

Fiordland Flyer on Lake Manapouri Fiordland national Park New Zealand

Wilmot Pass Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Wilmot Pass Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fur Seals on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Patea Explorer on Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

 

Cost per person

October 2018 - April 2019

  • Adult: NZ$325 (7:30am)
  • Child: NZ$163

May 2019 - September 2019

  • Adult: NZ$285 (7:30am)
  • Child: NZ$143

*Child age 5-14 yrs

 

Meals: Cost per person

October 2018 - September 2019

  • Deluxe Picnic Lunch: NZ$27
  • Picnic Lunch: NZ$20

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