Explore Bookme forQueenstown

RealNZ - Doubtful Sound Wilderness Coach & Cruise from Queenstown


Experience the unrivalled beauty and pristine wilderness of Doubtful Sound with an unforgettable RealNZ day cruise.


  • 2hr 45 mins cruise of Doubtful Sound
  • Explore the beautiful waterways on our way out to the Tasman Sea
  • Commentary by our knowledgeable onboard nature guide
  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins
  • Cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound

Sit back, relax and soak up the scenery as we leave the hustle and bustle of Queenstown behind and venture deep into the Fiordland National Park.

Upon arrival in Manapouri, we will board our first vessel and cruise across the beautiful waterways of the lake towards the West Arm.

Guests will then board a coach to experience a scenic trip with photo opportunities over the epic Wilmot Pass, journeying through Fiordland’s majestic rainforest and into the sound.

Upon arrival at the sound, our friendly crew will welcome you onboard our purpose built catamaran the Patea Explorer.

Throughout the enchanting cruise of Doubtful Sound, you will be mesmerized by this vast fiord with its rugged peaks, lush rainforest, and beautiful hidden inlets.

Our experienced nature guides will share with you the knowledge and history of the fiord throughout the journey and highlight the local wildlife we may encounter such as dolphins and fur seals.

Join us and immerse yourself in nature and the sheer beauty and isolation of the pristine Doubtful Sound.

Adult $229.00 (Aged 16+)
Child $115.00 (5 - 15 years)
Infant $0.00 (0 - 4 years)

What's included

  • Cruise across crystal clear Lake Manapouri to West Arm
  • Coach trip through Fiordland’s rainforest and over Wilmot Pass
  • Dedicated nature guide
  • Return coach transfers from Queenstown
  • Complimentary tea and coffee


  • Allow approximately 13 hours for the whole experience



  • Pickups Queenstown: Please select your pick up location from the default locations as you proceed to checkout. The default pickup locations from Queenstown are:

    1) RealNZ Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach Street, Queenstown OR

    2) Frankton Bus Shelter (Terminus), SH6 Kingston Road, Frankton, Queenstown (near to the BP petrol station roundabout).

    Also include your accommodation name so that we know where you are staying, as it is possible your accommodation appears on our free pick up list. Any changes to your booking will be shown on the RealNZ email confirmation.

    Check In: Please check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure.

  • Infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge.

Available Bookings from 11 Aug to 17 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 11 Aug
Fri 12 Aug
Sat 13 Aug
Sun 14 Aug
Mon 15 Aug
Tue 16 Aug
Wed 17 Aug

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $199.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $229.00
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $229.00
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult $229.00
  • Child$115.00
  • Infant Free

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


9 reviews

Showing all 9 authenticated Bookme reviews

markb23 from New Zealand wrote on 27 May 2022

WOW! What a day to remember 🤗

Absolutely Awesome day, Right from stepping onto the bus the adventure started. All staff are friendly courteous and helpful. The scenery is unbelievably stunning. Just do it. Value for money is outstanding. Thanks Real NZ. 12/10

Share Link

Kendall Smith from New Zealand wrote on 13 February 2022


100% recommend - if you’re worried about the weather don’t be, it rained for us and I think it made it soooo much more beautiful! Really well run and organised, no waiting around, friendly and professional staff. Long day with lots of travel but easy peasy and smoothly run! So worth it!!!!!!!

Share Link

amyk18 from New Zealand wrote on 28 January 2022

Doubtful Sound Day Cruise

It was a truly amazing experience. Everything was easy and hassle free and staff were extremely friendly and informative. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Share Link

ivy709 from New Zealand wrote on 22 March 2022

Beautiful Scenery. Service average

Booked Doubtful via RealNZ. Coach staff in Qtown were lovely enough, however noticed boat staff in both Manapouri and Deep Cove seemed to be having an average day. Not very interactive or welcoming. A stark contrast to our Milford cruise through Southern Discoveries a few days ago. The scenery was really something and we got to see fur seals, but service let us down on this one.

Share Link

jamies6 from New Zealand wrote on 15 September 2021

Amazing experience

Unbelievable experience - like something out of Jurassic park. Big shout out to Brian for being a legend as well. Would definitely do again!

Share Link


10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

Spaces Left

Adult Aged 16+

    Child 5 - 15 years

      Infant * 0 - 4 years

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

        Qualmark Certification

        This award identifies a business with a high level of professionalism, a keen awareness of the impact it has on the environment and a commitment to a customer centric approach.

        This award is evidence of a sophisticated tourism business that consistently exceeds visitor expectations. Their proactive leadership and management ensure the business’s focus on continuously improving their economic, social and environmental performance to create genuine, constantly evolving and sustainable tourism experiences.

        This award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand. It denotes exceptional customer experiences at the heart of everything the company does. This business is leading the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world class sustainable visitor destination.

        When you see the Qualmark logo, your activity of choice is endorsed by New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance organisation and backed by leaders in the industry. It’s your trusted guide to iconic activities and experiences that are awarded for their exceptionally high level of quality, safety and sustainability.

        Sample menu


        Delete your content?

        This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.