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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, Luxe Tours NZ

Doubtful Sound Overnight


With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise & Tour will take your breath away. Early-bird pricing available for 2024/2025 Summer Season

*Sells Out Early Secure your Tour for September onwards.

Doubtful Sound Overnight Tours fill up very quickly ahead of time so be sure to enquire now to secure your spot, even for September 2024 onwards! 

Early-bird pricing available for 2024/25 summer season.

Navigator Boat 
Jan - May & Sep - Dec
- Single & Double beds
- Double, two bed & four bed rooms
- 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    
- 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

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. Luxe Tour's guests can travel on this experience the day after the Milford Sound Tour 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.

  • A 20-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

  • Luxe Tours DOES NOT provide transport to Manapouri to the departure point however we do provide simple instructions.

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 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.

Navigator Pricing

Wanderer Pricing