When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence Ė a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall.
The beauty and isolation of Doubtful Sound are so compelling that itís difficult to believe you were in civilisation just a few hours earlier.
A day excursion into this pristine fiord begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm. You will then board a coach and travel the sub-alpine road over Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.
On arrival in Doubtful Sound, board our spacious catamaran Patea Explorer for a three-hour cruise through some of the fiordís most stunning scenery. Throughout the cruise, a specialist nature guide provides commentary, answers questions and points out highlights.
Wildlife sightings are common in Doubtful Sound. Fur seals bask on rocky outcrops and the fiordís resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are often seen roving through the deep, dark waters.
A day excursion to Doubtful Sound also includes a visit to one of New Zealandís major sources of sustainable hydro-power - the Manapouri Underground Power Station.
Coach touring, experienced guide, boat cruise and visits to power station.
- Duration 8 hours
- Visit to Manapouri Underground Power Station - not available Nov - Apr and may not always be possible with other departure dates
- Queenstown and Te Anau coach connections (extra cost) (transfers from most accommodation)
- Suitable for all ages.
- Delicious picnic lunch options (must be pre-ordered). Sandwiches and snacks also available on board to purchase
Picnic Lunch (vegetarian option available) 17.00 17.00
Deluxe Picnic Lunch (vegetarian option available) 25.00 25.00
Asian Lunch Box 17.00 17.00
Non-slip shoes/boots, waterproof jacket, warm sweater/fleece jacket, sunscreen/sunglasses, insect repellent and camera.
Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge.
6:55am to 7:45pm Oct & May - Sept 8:15am to 8:00pm Nov - Apr (ex Queenstown) For all other departure places from Manapouri & Te Anau please enquire at the time of booking
Contact operator in case of bad weather.
Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand