Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise | Tracknet Transport

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Southern Secret Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Enjoy the trip of a lifetime on board the M.V. Southern Secret, cruise and explore Doubtful Sound/Patea overnight. An overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound is the chance to explore the fiord's pristine wilderness up close. Let us take you to hidden corners of the sound, where you can observe the intricate ecosystem of waterfalls, rainforests, and marine life. The Southern Secret is equipped with comfortable cabins and excellent onboard amenities, ensuring a restful night's sleep amid the serene surroundings.
  • People leaning over the side of the Southern Secret with a camera to take photos of the dolphins frolicking in the bow's wake
  • Aerial view of Fiordland Cruise's vessel, the MV Southern Secret
  • Close up of two Fiordland Crested penguins or Tawaki
  • Close up of New Zealand fur seals basking in the sun on a rocky outcrop
  • A group of happy people at the dining room table inside the Southern Secret clinking wine glasses

About Doubtful Sound

Embarking on an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound is like stepping into a dreamscape of pristine wilderness and tranquil serenity. As you set sail on the calm waters of this remote fiord, you'll be enveloped by the sheer grandeur of the towering, rainforest-clad cliffs that rise dramatically from the water's edge.

The cruise offers a unique opportunity to witness the biodiversity of the region, with possible encounters with dolphins, seals, and even penguins.

In the evening, the vessel anchors in a secluded cove, allowing passengers to relish the isolation and marvel at the unpolluted night sky, studded with countless stars – a mesmerizing experience.

Waking up to the breathtaking beauty of Doubtful Sound's mist-covered peaks and clear waters is a memory that will stay with you forever, making an overnight cruise in this New Zealand gem an unforgettable adventure.

Tour Information

Southern Secret Doubtful Sound Overnight Tour departs daily from September to May each year (The Southern Secret can be booked as a charter, depending on availability).

Depart from Te Anau at 8:45am or meet in Manapōuri at 9:30am & return by 12:30pm the following day.

All cruises are fully catered, and guests are accommodated in private double cabins with all bedding, towels, and a private ensuite bathroom. With a maximum of just 12 guests on board per trip, this is an extraordinary experience.

Included are lunch, a delicious evening meal, and a light breakfast.

Your skipper and crew will provide you with a personalised tour and activities on-board include sightseeing, setting and retrieving crayfish traps, sea fishing, kayaking, and dolphin/mammal watching.

We do not have a bar on board, however, guests are welcome to bring refreshments (alcoholic or otherwise) aboard as they wish to enjoy with their evening meals.

What to Bring:

Here is a checklist of things you may wish to include in an overnight bag:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Change of clothing for day two
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sweater or fleece jacket
  • Thermals/warm undergarments
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Beverages as you like

Want to find out more?

Book your once in a lifetime experience with Fiordland Cruises on Doubtful Sound.

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