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Experience of the Week: Real Journeys Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland National Park

What is the experience?

Take in the tranquillity of remote Doubtful Sound on this unique overnight wilderness cruise. Beginning in Manapouri with a short boat ride across the lake, you’ll be taken by coach over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound.

Board the Fiordland Navigator, a purpose-built vessel designed like a traditional coastal trading scow. Be accommodated in a private cabin with an ensuite bathroom or a quad-share bunk room with shared bathroom facilities. The Navigator has a large spacious deck for viewing the scenery and wildlife as well as a dining saloon, bar and observation lounge.

As you take in the stunning scenery of the Fiord, you’ll be provided with a running commentary of the area and its history, points of interest and wildlife. You'll have the opportunity to see dolphins, fur seals and — if you’re lucky — rare Fiordland penguins. After anchoring in a sheltered cove, choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or stabi-craft, or if you’re really brave, take a dip in the water. In the evening enjoy a three course buffet dinner prepared on board and served in the dining saloon. Enjoy beer and fine wines from the licensed bar, and spend time star gazing on the upper deck.

Following hearty cooked breakfast the next morning you will spend your remaining time exploring other parts of the fiord before returning to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri.

Where is it located?

In the heart of Fiordland National Park, you'll begin your experience from Lake Manapouri, a one hour drive from Te Anau.

Who would enjoy this?

For those looking to have an authentic New Zealand wilderness experience. Suitable for all ages.

Interesting fact?

Due to its cloistered serenity, Doubtful Sound is often called ‘the sound of silence’.