Manapouri, Southland, Fiordland, NZ - Lots to see and do!

Doubtful Sound is a must-do experience during your time in Fiordland.

Doubtful Sound is the biggest sound in New Zealand, with a large variety of flora and fauna unique to the area. These include tree orchids, ancient beech forests, seals, whales, dolphins and weka. The Sound has been carved out of granite by glacial action over millions of years. The most spectacular feature of Doubtful Sound is the waterfalls, which send tons of water cascading down the mountains.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise – Real Journeys

Experience the spectacular, remote wilderness of Doubtful Sound on this guided day trip. Journey across Lake Manapouri, over the breathtaking Wilmot Pass and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. This is a must-do for nature lovers and explorers alike. 

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Start with a cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a coach trip over the epic Wilmot Pass through Fiordland’s rainforest and into the Sound
  • A 3-hour cruise through the waterways of Doubtful Sound
  • Cruise onboard the Patea Explorer (Fiordland Navigator or M.V. Sinbad may substitute) 
  • Commentary by knowledgeable Skipper
  • Wildlife viewing, including dolphins, fur seals and even occasionally penguins
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Te Anau Glowworm Caves – Real Journeys

Te Anau Glowworm Caves – Real JourneysCruise across Lake Te Anau on board the luminosa and visit the legendary glowworm caves with a nature guide.

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Fiordland Wilderness Experience – Sea Kayaking

A sea kayaking experience in a remote environment epitomises what Fiordland wilderness is all about.
Join a small-group sea kayaking adventures, with experienced kayak guides to explore the spectacular, remote wildeness of Fiordland National Park. Choose between a Milford Sound day trip or Doubtful Sound for two days, or do both!
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Doubtful Sound Cruise – Go Orange

See the Real side of Fiordland with Go Orange it will be an experience that you will never forget. A full day trip to a wondrous place. Our friendly and experienced guides look forward to sharing Doubtful Sound with you. You begin your adventure with a 45 minute 30 km cruise across the crystal clear waters of beautiful Lake Manapouri to West Arm.

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Scenic Helicopter Ride – Fiordland Southern Lakes Helicopters

Fantastic Fiordland Southern Lakes Helicopters is your gateway to Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Milford Sound. Your time with our experienced pilots and top of the line machines will make a trip that you will never forget

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Fiordland Jetboat Ride- Luxmore Jet

Luxmore Jet “the Best Jetboat ride ever”. Jetboating excursions explore the untouched wilderness in the heart of Fiordland National Park a World Heritage Area in the South Island of New Zealand. The Luxmore Jet tour includes 3 actual Lord of the Rings film locations of the River Anduin. Luxmore Jet adventure will take you out onto beautiful Lake Manapouri to view the lake and magnificent snow-capped mountains and also offers a Fly and Boat option with the Wings and Water floatplane and a LORD OF THE RINGS Helijet with Southern Lakes Helicopters.

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Horse Ride – Fiordland Horse Treks

Ride over our farmland and be greeted by our other friendly horses and farm animals. Enjoy 360 degrees of panoramic mountain views of Lake Te Anau in Fiordland encompassing view of the Te Anau township and the surrounding mountain ranges, wildlife reserve and farm land.

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise – Real Journeys

Milford Sound Nature Cruises – Real Journeys Extended leisurely cruise (2hrs/2hrs 15/30mins) with specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife.

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Milford Sound Scenic Cruise – Real Journeys

Full-length cruise (1hr 40mins) with Scenic Cruise vessels have purpose-built observation lounges and large decks, so you can be sure you’ll get some great viewing opportunities. Keep a look out for wildlife such as seals basking on the rocks.
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Active Adventures New Zealand Hiking Tours

Choose from a variety of small group, 5-14 day fully guided adventure tours and hike, bike and paddle around the country with incredible Kiwi guides. Active Adventures New Zealand stay at Manapouri Lakeview Motor Inn during their ‘Rimu’, ‘Tui’ and ‘Kiwi’ trips.

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