An Insider’s Guide to Doubtful Sound New Zealand

Our recommendations for making the most of your time in Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound may be less well known than Milford Sound but that doesn’t mean it is less beautiful or worth visiting while you are in Fiordland. We’ve put together a list of a few things you should definitely add to your Doubtful Sound tour itinerary.

Doubtful Sound Day Trip

We’re lucky enough to have all the time we want to explore Fiordland. But you may be short of time here. If you are, and you want to see Doubtful Sound, we recommend an early start and a day out with Doubtfulsoundcruise.com. Your day starts with a cruise across Lake Manapouri, stunning in itself, and includes the beautiful drive into the sound and a relaxed 3 hour small-boat cruise.

Overnight Doubtful Sound Experience

Got a little more time up your sleave? Or maybe unsure how much time you will have in our beautiful corner of the world? Treat yourselves to an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound. Deep Cove Charters offers a pretty special experience: Manapouri cruise, sightseeing, fishing, kayaking options, wonderful food… This trip is a recipe for Fiordland memories that few can boast about.

Scenic Flights With Southern Lakes Helicopters

Really short of time? Southern Lakes Helicopters has been taking people to remote places in Fiordland for 25 years. Led by local aviation legend, Richard ‘Hannibal’ Hayes, the Southern Lakes team know just about everything to know about getting a great view of Doubtful Sound. They offer a number of ‘flight-seeing’ options starting with a 25 minute trip to Doubtful, and including trips that include other Fiordland attractions, including Milford & Dusky Sounds. Talk to Southern Lakes, if you want to be dropped somewhere remote in Fiordland with maximum safety and minimum fuss.