Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Take a little more time to truly experience Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise. More than a simple boat trip, travel across Lake Manapouri, the Wilmot Pass and then out onto the sound itself.

Your Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise starts in Manapouri just a 20 to 30 minute drive from Te Anau in the South Island of New Zealand.

Diane will welcome you and guide you onto the vessel that will take you on a 50 minute boat ride across Lake Manapouri, New Zealand’s most scenic lake, to West Arm at the head of the Lake.

West Arm, Manapouri, Fiordland, New Zealand

At West Arm, you will be met by your guideChris Lemin, who will transport you on a 45 minute drive by vehicle over the mighty Wilmot Pass.

Here you will enjoy the magnificent views of Doubtful Sound, (a great photo opportunity) before arriving at Deep Cove, (the head of Doubtful Sound) where the “SEAFINN” is waiting for you.

Deep Cove Charter’s – Doubtful Sound Overnight cruise

Your guide now becomes your skipper (Chris). Together with his crew, they will provide you with an enjoyable and unforgettable experience as SEAFINN winds its way around Doubtful Sound and its many arms on its way out onto the open Tasman Sea while you sightsee. See our Doubtful Sound Cruise location map for a better idea of the area we cover.

Dolphin watching in Doubtful Sound

Seals at Doubtful Sound entrancePied shag in Doubtful Sound

Meet the locals

Aside from the stunning scenery possible wildlife sightings are:

  1. New Zealand Bottlenose Dolphins
  2. Fiordland Crested Penguins
  3. Albatross
  4. Fiordland Red Deer
  5. New Zealand Fur Seal and
  6. Sea gulls

Try some hands-on fishing

Try your hand at catching your evening meal – possible catches are:

  1. Blue Cod
  2. Sea Perch
  3. Tarakihi
  4. School Groper
  5. And even an occasional shark! 

You can even help us pull up a cage of crayfish!

Take a gentle kayak

And if that’s not enough how about you try your hand at kayaking on Doubtful Sound? (Weather permitting of course). The crew will put you safely into the water and let you explore for awhile – couldn’t get closer to nature than that! This lucky visitor even saw the dolphins at the same time...

Relax in the Evening

In the evening, enjoy a hearty and friendly meal with fellow guests.

Our meals are becoming legendary on the Southern Fiords. It can be anything from wonderfully tender New Zealand venison to what fish you caught that day! After your meal, just sit back over whatever wine or drink you have bought with you, chill out, mingle and view the spectacular southern sunsets that Doubtful Sound is renowned for.

Breakfast cruise back to Deep Cove and on to Manapouri

After a lovely comfortable night in your private cabin enjoy a delightful continental breakfast. Then it's back across the Wilmot Pass to Lake Manapouri where you board the transfer boat bound for Manapouri. Diane will be waiting for you, just to make sure you had a wonderful time, to thank you and wave you goodbye.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK your experience of a lifetime!

We had the most UNBELIEVABLE experience with Deep Cove Charters…
The absolute highlight of our trip. If you go to Doubtful Sound - do it right! I did a lot of research ... and knew I didn't want to go with 70 other people on the Real Journey's trip.
Albatross at Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise - Deep Cove Charters
Doubtful Sound
  • We had the most UNBELIEVABLE experience with Deep Cove Charters…
  • The absolute highlight of our trip. If you go to Doubtful Sound - do it right! I did a lot of research ... and knew I didn't want to go with 70 other people on the Real Journey's trip.
Deep Cove Charters – Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!
TripAdvisor Review

We had the most UNBELIEVABLE experience with Deep Cove…. Let’s take a look at what we did on Day one: 


  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Dolphins – about 20 or so under and adjacent to our boat
  • Albatross – flying right up to the boat thanks to the bait provided by Tracy and Chris
  • Fishing – we caught fish that we later cooked for dinner
  • Seagulls – landing on the kayaks and keeping our company
  • Crayfish – lifting the crayfish pods that become the next day’s lunch
  • Limitless photographic opportunities...

The most hospitable hosts … friendly, accommodating and going the extra mile to make the cruise an unforgettable experience for all on board.