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Patea Doubtful Sound


With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, a Milford Sound tour and Doubtful Sound package over two days will take your breath away, or choose Doubtful only. 

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. Luxe Tour's guests can travel on this experience the day after the Milford Sound Tour or book just the Doubtful Sound tour only, departing from either Manapouri or Queenstown.

Package Inclusions

  • Luxe Milford Sound Tour on Day One if purchased as a package.

  • Doubtful Sound Tour on Day Two* with RealNZ.

  • Transport provided from the RealNZ Visitor Centre in Manapouri.

  • Duration: 8.5 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 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!

* Day & time of your Doubtful Sound Tour can be changed with our booking team.

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.

Full Refund up to 24hrs before Tour

Adding the Doubtful Sound Tour to your Milford Sound Tour means you need to spend two days in Te Anau. Luxe Tours does not provide accommodation. Transport for the Doubtful Sound tour is provided by our partner - RealNZ. It is the guests responsibility to make their own way to the RealNZ Visitor Centre in Manapouri for the Doubtful Sound tour. There is plenty of parking in the immediate area. Luxe Tours can assist with questions in regards to the Doubtful Sound Tour.

Other Doubtful Sound Tour Options

You can add a helicopter flight onto your Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound package. Or you might prefer to go on a Te Anau Glowworm Cave experience!  Check out all our special tour offers when you book online. Our booking team can also help you with your entire Fiordland experience - contact us.

Enjoy two magical days in the Sounds

Package together Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound tours. Visiting the largest Fjord in New Zealand, Doubtful Sound, will take your breath away.

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