Multi Day Packages
Add a Doubtful Sound Experience
60 minute helicopter flight
Doubtful Sound Day Cruise
See both Milford and Doubtful Sound during your time in Fiordland and don't miss a thing!
Are you planning to do a Doubtful Sound trip as well during your time in Fiordland? Book either a scenic helicopter flight or boat cruise with us and save 10% on the ticket price of the Doubtful Sound excursion!
See Doubtful Sound above by helicopter, or cruise at water level on a boat, we have two great options!
On day 1 travel to Milford Sound with Trips & Tramps for a Milford Sound Experience, a must do New Zealand activity. Select to walk on the Milford Track (November to April) or take an all inclusive day trip from Te Anau on our Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk (year round).
Then on Day 2 experience Doubtful Sound, an untouched world of spectacular mountains, expansive seas and dramatic landscapes.
Boat Cruise on Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound, is a remote fiord on a grand scale you won’t believe. Choose a full day boat excursion from Manapouri. Cruise across Lake Manapouri by ferry, then by coach cross the Southern Alps over the Wilmot Pass into Doubtful Sound. The isolation of this place makes the fiord a very unique place few people get to experience. In Doubtful Sound spend 3 hours exploring the inner fiord by boat.
With a viewing deck offering and inside seating there is plenty of opportunity to view this beautiful and serene fiord. Take in the rugged mountains clad in dense sub forest, cascading waterfalls, valleys carved out by glaciers in another age and the pristine waterways. It is like no where else in the world. Wildlife, such as penguins, dolphins, seals & sea birds, while not guaranteed, are often sighted during the cruise through this remote part of Fiordland World heritage area.
Note: Due to COVID the current schedule is limited. Real Journeys will be offering trips on a limited time table, cruising in the school holidays and on weekends only.
Helicopter flight over Doubtful Sound
Alternatively a scenic helicopter flight is the perfect way to see this spectacular fiord, fly over top and enjoy a scenic landing in this remote area of the rugged Fiordland Coastline. This is a great option if you have limited time or just want to see Fiordland from a different perspective.
Experience the alluring, natural beauty Doubtful Sound offers from above, and bypass the crowds below. Rich in flora and fauna, with unrivaled natural views, this fiord compliments your Milford Sound experience and gives you an appreciation of the expansive Southern end of Fiordland National Park. View the fiord with its incredible sea and mountain views before returning through the hidden valley of the magical Campbell's Kingdom. After a landing and photo stop here fly out over the Main Mountain Divide and return home via the beautiful South Arm of Lake Te Anau.
This is one hour you won't forget on your New Zealand holiday.
Note: This flight is provided by Fiordland Helicopters.
- Te Anau
- West Arm, Manapouri
- Lake Manapouri
- Doubtful Sound
- Deep Cove
- Campbell's Kingdom
- Crooked Arm
- Kepler Mountains
- North Arm
This flight is operated by Fiordland Helicopters and is their 'Gold Star' extended flight option which will give you a little more - more flight time, more landings and more photo opportunities!
Flight time is 60 minutes and includes at least 2 scenic landings.
Please select your preferred departure time when booking and allow at least 2 hours in total for the excursion in your itinerary, this time will include check in and other formalities.
What to Bring
POST COVID 2020
The tour departs from Manapouri and includes boat travel across Lake Manapouri, journey over Wilmot Pass by coach, plus a leisurely 3 hour cruise of Doubtful Sound on the MV Sinbad, a small boat.
Currently there are very good rates, with $125 per adult and $60 per child. Children are free during the July school holidays.
Please take some with you, as there is nothing currently available for pre-order. Complimentary hot drinks are available on board the boat.
9.40 am Check in Pearl Harbour, Manapouri Visitor Centre.
Note: If departing from Te Anau allow 20-30 minutes to drive to this point and park your vehicle.
10.00 am Depart Manapouri across Lake on boat cruise
11.00 am Arrive West Arm, travel by bus across Wilmot Pass
12.00 pm Doubtful Sound Boat Cruise
3.00 pm Return to Deep Cove and board the bus to travel over Wilmot Pass, then depart by boat from West Arm on Lake Manapouri.
5.00 pm Return to Manapouri
What to bring
We recommend you bring the following: comfortable shoes, day pack containing warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, drinking water, lunch and camera.
Why both fiords?
Milford Sound is awesome, in your face scenery on a grand scale, in both wet and fine weather! Mitre Peak is a truely iconic New Zealand landmark and is a world natural wonder with sheer rock faces rising vertically upward from the ocean. The road to Milford Road is one of the most incredible journeys you will have, travel with us and you will see the best places.
In contrast Doubtful Sound is more remote and fewer people get the opportunity to visit so it is one of the worlds true wilderness areas remaining. Larger than Milford Sound and not as steep, the fiord supports more wildlife, with a resident pod of dolphins that you may encounter.
Don't miss either with our discount when you combine the two trips. You can see both!
When you book a Trips & Tramps Milford Track experience or our Milford Sound Coach, Cruise and Walk then add one of these Doubtful Sound options to your cart the discount will be applied automatically at check out.
You will be entitled to a 10% saving - so what are you waiting for?