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Patea Doubtful Sound


Experience a RealNZ Doubtful Sound with a Day Tour & Cruise departing from Manapouri, Te Anau or Queenstown. Luxe Tours offers the best price & service.

Doubtful Sound is a beautiful fiord with no direct road access, so the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is a cruise across the picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus trip over the stunning Wilmot Pass. You'll pause along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening below. This isolation makes this fiord a very special place, only those in the know get to see.


Once you arrive, you will board the Patea Explorer for a 3 hour (approximately) Doubtful Sound cruise - experiencing a spectacular pristine fiord. During the cruise, the knowledgeable and friendly RealNZ nature guide will share with you their passion for the region. They’re always ready to answer questions, point out landmarks and provide all the information about the varied wildlife you may see, including dolphins, fur seals, and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

This tour is run by our partner - RealNZ. Departing from Manapouri, Te Anau or Queenstown daily.

Day Tour Inclusions

  • Transport provided from the RealNZ Visitor Centre in Manapouri.

  • Duration: From 7.5 hours.

  • Option to connect with Te Anau or Queenstown.

  • Start with a cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Fjord.

  • A 3-hour Doubtful Sound cruise.

  • Cruise onboard the Patea Explorer.

  • Commentary by the knowledgeable Nature Guide

  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins

  • Picnic lunches available for pre-purchase through Luxe Tours.

  • Snacks and drinks available for purchase onboard.

  • Memories that will stay with you forever!

* Full refund up until 24-hours till tour. 

Things You Should Know

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

  • Snacks and drinks are also available onboard

  • The tour is suitable for all ages

  • Doubtful Sound is in remote Fiordland, with no WIFI available, the perfect place to unplug and recharge

What To Bring

  • Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.

  • Please remember to bring personal medication including for asthma and allergies.

  • As this is a 7-hour adventure we highly recommend you bring a packed lunch or order a lunch box through Luxe Tours website when booking.

Transport for the Doubtful Sound tour is provided by our partner - RealNZ. It is the guests responsibility to make their own way to the departure point for their tour. Luxe Tours can assist with questions in regards to the Doubtful Sound Tour.

Other Doubtful Sound Tour Options

You can customise any package with tours that we offer to create your perfect Fiordland Tour. Simply get in contact.

Awaken your senses.

Doubtful Sound is known as the 'Sound of Silence'. What awaits you will keep you talking for years to come.

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