3 Day Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise and Glowworm Tour from Queenstown

Duration: 3 days
Destination: New Zealand, Otago, Queenstown

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  • 3 days
  • Queenstown
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  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Please Note: Only available from 1 October - 30 April.
This three-day journey from Queenstown to Te Anau and back allows plenty of time to explore the magical Te Anau Glow Worm caves and spend a night on memorable Doubtful Sound; a remote fiord on a grand scale the likes of which you won’t believe! Experience tranquillity and isolation as you spend the night on Doubtful Sound before returning to Queenstown by scenic coach. An unforgettable way to experience the rugged South Island.

This is an Independent tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers. You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.


Day 1: Queenstown to Te Anau and visit the luminous Glowworm Caves

Stop At: Te Anau, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, Southland Region, South Island
Queenstown to Te Anau with GreatSights Coach.
Following the shores of Lake Wakatipu south, the Remarkable mountain range towers over you as you approach township of Kingston. Then into Southland and rolling fertile farm country. Crossing the rolling tussock lands you pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand and into Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau on board the new luxury catamaran, Luminosa, to the western side of the lake. Upon arrival there is time to view informative displays at Cavern House before the friendly guides invite you to accompany them underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas is ideally located on the lake front a few minutes stroll from the Te Anau shops.

Day 2: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise with Real Journeys

Stop At: Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park New Zealand
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise from Te Anau.
Travel from Te Anau to Manapouri by Real Journeys coach to board the Fiordland Navigator for a very special dinner, bed and breakfast wilderness experience on Doubtful Sound. The purpose-built vessel accommodates passengers either in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or in quad-share bunk-style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. The vessel has spacious deck areas for viewing the wild scenery and wildlife of Doubtful Sound. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals, dolphins, and in season, rare penguins. Activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (stabicraft) to explore the coastline.
Departing Manapouri at 12:30 you enjoy a short cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and after a coach trip over Wilmot Pass, you will board the Fiordland Navigator at Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. After the day's activities, enjoy a delicious evening buffet meal in the spacious dining saloon before heading to bed. After enjoying the sunrise in the sound a hearty breakfast awaits before your journey back to Manapouri where you disembark at around midday.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Dinner: Three-course buffet dinner prepared by on-board chef
Accommodation included: Overnight onboard the Fiordland Navigator in Doubtful Sound

Day 3: Manapouri to Queenstown by coach

Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
Real Journeys coach Manapouri to Queenstown
Your Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise returns to Manapouri at midday. Crossing the rolling tussock lands you pass through Mossburn, the deer capital of New Zealand. On the southern shore of Lake Wakatipu sits Kingston, home to classic steam train, The Kingston Flyer. Following the lake north the Remarkable mountain range towers over you as you approach the adventure capital of Queenstown.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: A cooked and continental breakfast prepared by the on-board chef
No accommodation included on this day.

  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • 1 nights accommodation in Te Anau
  • 1 nights accommodation aboard the Fiordland Navigator boat in Doubtful Sound
  • Experienced English-speaking coach drivers with some commentary on board
  • Onboard commentary on cruise
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Doubtful Sound

  • Meals unless specified
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance not included. Travel insurance is recommended for all tours
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Departure Point

Athol Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 days

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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