From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

4.8 / 5

25 reviews

From Queenstown: Premium Doubtful Sound Wilderness Day Trip

From $161.03 per person

Visit Doubtful Sound on a day trip from Queenstown. Cruise across Lake Manapouri, journey over Wilmot Pass, and discover the Fiordland National Park on a 2-hour 45-minute cruise.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Duration 765 minutes
Starting time 6:55 AM
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Discover Doubtful Sound on a day trip from Queenstown
  • Travel by luxury bus and enjoy informative commentary from your friendly driver
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri and journey over Wilmot Pass to reach the fiord
  • Explore the waterways of the serene and isolated fiord on a 2-hour 45-minute cruise
  • Be on the lookout for dolphins, seals and even penguins
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Visit Doubtful Sound on a full-day trip from Queenstown. You will board a luxury bus and travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, through the rolling countryside to Manapouri. Enjoy informative commentary along the way from your friendly driver. From Manapouri, you will cruise across the crystal waters of Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then board a coach to cross the alpine route of the Wilmot Pass, through some of Fiordland National Park’s most dense rainforest. On reaching Deep Cove, you will climb aboard a modern catamaran for a 2-hour 45-minute cruise, exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. See waterfalls, rainforest, mountains, and wildlife. Your knowledgeable nature guides will provide you with engaging and informative commentary throughout. You will be treated to the sound of silence when the vessel’s engines are turned off. Experience floating on the fiord, with only the rush of waterfalls and birdsong to break the silence. You can pre-order a picnic lunch at checkout, bring your own lunch, or purchase snacks onboard in the vessel’s cafes. When it rains in Fiordland, the landscape is especially dramatic. The scenery is spectacular, and you will stay dry and comfortable from your vantage point on the catamaran. At the end of your cruise, return over Wilmot Pass by coach and cruise across Lake Manapouri before the bus journey back to Queenstown.
  • Return coach transport
  • Return Lake Manapouri crossing
  • 2-hour 45-minute cruise of Doubtful Sound
  • Commentary by your drivers and knowledgeable nature guides
  • Complimentary tea and coffee onboard
  • Pre-ordered picnic lunch (optional add-on at checkout)
  • Drinks from the licensed bar on the cruise vessel
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

· Visitor Centre, 37 Camp Street, Queenstown

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, picnic lunch will not be provided
  • The picnic lunch includes Turkish bread, sandwich fillings, fruit, cheese and crackers, cake selection, and a mint
  • The deluxe picnic lunch includes Turkish bread, sandwich fillings, fruit, cheese and crackers, cake selection, ham and cheese croissant, dried fruit and nut mix, and a mint
  • The deluxe noodle box includes a noodle box instead of the ham and cheese croissant
  • All lunches can be made vegetarian and are subject to change
  • Please note that during survey the Patea Explorer will be substituted with another vessel
  • It is recommended to bring clothing and footwear for cool and wet weather
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Value for money
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What made the experience so good, was having good staff who were only too happy to look after you but also they shared their knowledge of their surroundings with a very clear and friendly voice so that you could absorb as much information as possible. Great trip.

December 28, 2019

A great activity and I highly recommend doing it over Milford sounds if you have the choice. Guides were great and knowledgeable. I was lucky to have a great sunny day for it.

March 22, 2021

A truely wonderful trip. What a bet country we live

March 5, 2021

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