Doubtful Sound, the second-largest fiord in Fiordland National Park, is home to a vast and pristine environment.
Doubtful Sound’s craggy hills, lush rainforest, and twisting, secret inlets will steal your breath away. You may observe bottlenose dolphins and fur seals frolicking or catch a glimpse of the uncommon Fiordland Crested Penguin.
The journey to Doubtful Sound is itself an adventure. Due to the lack of direct road access, the only method to reach Doubtful Sound is by a sail across Lake Manapouri and a bus journey over Wilmot Pass. This remoteness makes the fjord a particularly rare and private location, accessible only to those in the know.
Join us for a Wilderness Day Cruise or, even better, spend an amazing night on the fiord with our Fiordland Navigator Overnight Cruise if you’d want to see the unspoilt majesty of Doubtful Sound for yourself. If you would rather not drive to Manapouri (where the trips depart), we can transport you there via coach from Queenstown or Te Anau.
For a more intimate experience, join us on a kayaking excursion where you can paddle or explore Doubtful Sound and camp overnight.
With ten times the surface area of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is one of the most stunning fiords in the world. You’ll be taken aback by Doubtful Sound’s rocky peaks, lush rainforest, and winding inlets.
The only way to get to Doubtful Sound is to take a boat ride across Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus ride over Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive and scenic road. As we make our way through the dense Fiordland rainforest, we’ll catch a glimpse of the shimmering Doubtful Sound below us. Those who are privy to its secrets appreciate how remote the fiord is.
Patea Explorer will take you on a 3 hour (roughly) tour on Doubtful Sound, a breathtakingly beautiful and undeveloped fiord. Our professional and personable captain or wildlife guide will share their enthusiasm for the area with you throughout the voyage. Aside from answering any questions you might have, they’re always willing to point out interesting sites and share as much information as possible about the diverse animals you may encounter, such as dolphins, fur seals, and the extremely uncommon Fiordland crested penguin.
The Patea Explorer may be replaced by the M.V. Sinbad, Mariner, or Fiordland Navigator if maintenance or schedules necessitate.
Experience the spectacular, remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound on our guided day trip from Queenstown
Doubtful Sound is a gorgeous fjord that is three times longer than Milford Sound and ten times greater in surface area, with winding arms. Doubtful Sound’s craggy hills, lush rainforest, and twisting, secret inlets will steal your breath away.
There is no direct road access to Doubtful Sound, therefore the only way to get there is through a sail across Lake Manapouri, followed by a bus ride over Wilmot Pass, New Zealand’s most expensive (and magnificent) road. We will stop along the journey to observe the lush Fiordland rainforest and the sparkling Doubtful Sound below. This fiord’s remoteness makes it a particularly special spot that only those in the know are permitted to visit.
Upon arrival, you’ll join the Patea Explorer for a three-hour trip on Doubtful Sound, a spectacularly pure fiord. During the voyage, our skilled and personable captain or naturalist will share their enthusiasm for the region. They are always willing to answer questions, point out sights, and provide information on the diverse animals you may encounter, such as dolphins, fur seals, and the Fiordland crested penguin, which are endangered.
Escape to the peace and tranquillity of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise
Join an incredible Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and explore Fiordland National Park’s unspoilt and secluded landscape.
You will cruise over magnificent Lake Manapouri, travel the subalpine route through deep rainforest over Wilmot Pass, and land in Deep Cove to embark on your overnight yacht.
Enjoy private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or quad share bunk-style chambers, explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat (weather permitting), and have a nature ranger aid you in seeing bottlenose dolphins, seals, and penguins. Provided are a three-course dinner buffet and a cooked continental breakfast.
Two days, one night experience in remote Doubtful Sound
An unforgetable Experience
Discover the untouched and secluded landscape of Fiordland National Park on a Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise.
Take a scenic cruise over Lake Manapouri, go through deep rainforest, and arrive at Deep Cove to board your overnight ship.
A nature guide provides commentary and helps guests spot wildlife such as bottlenose dolphins, seals, and penguins while they stay in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or bunk-style compartments that can accommodate four people. You can also explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat (depending on weather conditions). A three-course dinner and a continental breakfast are included.
Three day, two-night experience in remote Doubtful Sound
Nature Guide to provide commentary, assist with wildlife spotting, and host water activities and walks (weather dependant)