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Doubtful Sound Overnight


With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise & Tour will take your breath away. Be sure to book well in advance.

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 Navigator or Wanderer for an Doubtful Sound Overnight 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.

A Gourmet Buffet Dinner, Breakfast, as well as freshly baked snacks & platters are included. A full bar compliments your dining experience. 

This tour is run by our partner - RealNZ, departing from the RealNZ Manapouri Terminal. There is plenty of free parking in the immediate area. Our booking team will work with you to find availability and a suitable day as the overnight tour often sells out. 

Tour Inclusions

  • Duration: 24 hours.

  • 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.

  • An 18-hour Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise.

  • Commentary by the knowledgeable Nature Guide

  • Includes Kayaking or Small boat experience.

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

  • Gourmet buffet dinner & breakfast, as well as snacks & platters.

  • Drinks available for purchase from the bar.

  • Memories that will stay with you forever!

* Our booking team will work with you to design a suitable itinerary due to dependance on availability. 

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.

  • Spare changes of clothes for kayaking.

  • Enough clothes for two days. 

It is the guests responsibility to make their own way to the RealNZ Manapouri Terminal at Peal Harbour for the Doubtful Sound Overnight Tour. Transport can be booked from Te Anau or Queenstown also. There is plenty of parking in the immediate area. Luxe Tours can assist with questions in regards to the Doubtful Sound Overnight Tour.

* Refunds on cancellation only up until 14-days to go until the tour departure.

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How to Book your Doubtful Sound Overnight Tour


Complete Enquiry below

Our enquiry form captures the key details our booking team needs to look into the available options for you. There are several different Overnight Cruises with many different room/cabin options.


You choose, book & pay

We answer any questions you have, either by email or phone depending on your preference. You choose your tour and complete booking details. We send you an easy payment link and lock in your tour.


We provide the options & price

Our bookings team will email you back within a few hours with personalised options & prices of the available Overnight Tours & cabins, along with detailed information of what you will experience.


Booking confirmed

Your tour booking is complete! You will receive a booking confirmation with clear instructions on how & where to check-in. Our bookings team is ready anytime to answer questions or change your tour if needed.

Navigator Boat 
Departure 12:30pm
- Single & Double beds
- Double & Twin Cabins
- Ensuites & Shared bathrooms
- Gourmet Buffet Dinner
- Several Breakfast options
- Kayaking & small tender boat exploring + swimming (all weather & safety dependant)
- Dedicated local guide & commentary
- Access to the skipper
- Wildlife spotting

Wanderer Boat 
Dec - Mar only
Departure 1:00pm
- All single beds
- Two bed & four bed rooms
- Shared modern bathrooms
- Three plated Dinner mean
- Continental Breakfast
- Kayaking & small tender boat exploring + swimming (all weather & safety dependant)
- Dedicated local guide & commentary
- Access to the skipper
- Wildlife spotting

Navigator Pricing

Wanderer Pricing