Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise aboard the Wanderer

Meals included
Self drive
Free parking
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Travel aboard the Wanderer vessel
Sleeps a maximum of 36 passengers
Sub-alpine coach trip over Wilmot Pass
Kayaking or tender craft activities
Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
Scenic boat trip across Lake Manapouri

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Sun, May 26, 2024

What you can expect

Discover the untouched beauty of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise aboard the Wanderer. This is an intimate experience travelling through the 'Sound of Silence', with a maximum of 36 passengers onboard. With spectacular scenery, delicious plated meals, water activities and comfortable cabins with shared bathrooms, this Doubtful Sound boat trip has everything you need to create your most memorable night in New Zealand.

The Doubtful Sound overnight cruise experience begins with a boat tour across Lake Manapouri, followed by a scenic coach ride across the alpine Wilmot Pass. Upon reaching Deep Cove n Doubtful Sound, you'll be welcomed aboard the Wanderer, ready to explore the breathtaking scenery of one of New Zealand's most beautiful fiords.

The Wanderer, purpose-built to navigate the serene waters of southern New Zealand, ensures a comfortable voyage with its cosy accommodations for 36 guests, modern amenities and spacious communal areas. From the viewing decks to the dining saloon and observation lounge, every space is designed for optimal viewing of Doubtful Sound on your overnight cruise.

As your captain navigates through the fiord on your Doubtful Sound boat trip, enjoy engaging commentary from the expert nature guides onboard. Learn about the rich biodiversity of Doubtful Sound, from playful pods of dolphins to New Zealand fur seals and rare penguins. Upon anchoring in a secluded cove for the night, you can choose to kayak along the untouched shores of Doubtful Sound, join a small-group tender craft tour, or even take a swim!

Evenings on the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise are a time for indulgence, with a three-course plated dinner prepared onboard, opportunities to sample local wines and craft beers and, weather permitting, stargazing from the top deck. In the morning, you will wake to a sumptuous breakfast, ready for a morning cruise back to Deep Cove, where you will make the return journey to Manapouri.

A Doubtful Sound overnight cruise aboard the Wanderer is not just a trip, but a passage into the heart of New Zealand's wilderness. This once-in-a-lifetime Doubtful Sound boat trip will leave you with stories of awe and memories that last a lifetime.


What you need to know

  • 45-minute boat trip across Lake Manapouri (each way)
  • Sub-alpine coach ride across Wilmot Pass
  • Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound aboard the Wanderer
  • Plated three-course dinner and continental breakfast prepared onboard
  • Water activities, such as kayaking or tender craft (small boat) tours
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Comfortable cabins (twin-share, single occupancy or quad-share)
  • Shared bathrooms with hot showers
  • Licensed bar onboard to purchase drinks and snacks
  • Nature guide providing commentary and assists with wildlife spotting
  • Does not include lunch, we recommend bringing a picnic lunch with you on the first day
  • This experience departs at 1:00pm and returns at 12:15pm the following day
  • The Doubtful Sound overnight cruise aboard the Wanderer operates from 15 December 2023 - 31 March 2024
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from 64 Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri. Allow 2.5 – 3 hours if driving from Queenstown and 20 minutes from Te Anau
  • Free overnight parking is available in Manapouri
What To Bring
  • One carry-on bag per person is recommended for passenger convenience and for safety reasons
  • Non-slip walking shoes/boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater/fleece jacket
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimwear (optional)
  • Camera
  • Cash for bar and snacks
  • Lunch and snacks for the first day
  • Personal medication including for asthma and allergies
Additional Information
  • The Wanderer vessel has shared bathrooms
  • Single passengers must pay sole occupancy rates for a twin share cabin
  • Family share cabin requires minimum of 2 guests per cabin
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made within 30 days prior to the date of travel will incur a 100% cancellation fee
  • Within 30 days, the amendment of travel date can be made outside 5 days prior to travel

Need help?

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  • Help code: D2B-667C
  • This experience is supplied by Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise & Bus from Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri


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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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