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Highlights of our Southern Secret Doubtful Sound Overnight Experience
- Private Cabin with ensuite bathroom (containing toilet and shower)
- Relaxed, small and personalised (5 cabins, max. 12 passengers or 5 couples)
- Activities include kayaking, fishing, cray fishing and cruising
- Wildlife often seen includes dolphins, seals and penguins
- Includes all meals while on-board (luncheon, evening meal, breakfast and snacks)
- Transport from Te Anau or Manapouri for no additional cost
- Queenstown transport available, scenic fly back from Doubtful Sound to Lake Te Anau by arrangement.

Experience the raw beauty of Doubtful Sound Overnight; nature in its most pristine form. See piercing mountain peaks, deep valleys, rivers that turn into waterfalls and ancient glacier carved fiords. Fiordland Cruises invite you to join your hosts for a personalised and relaxed Doubtful Sound Overnight Journey of Discovery.

The Southern Secret is an excellent vessel for your Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise. She boasts a large living area for comfortable living and dining with big windows for viewing the fiord. The top deck, bow and stern are accessible; the stern has step access right to the water line. On-board we have 5 spacious Double or Twin Cabins accommodating 10 - 12 guests. Each cabin is equipped with private toilet and shower en-suite; features of our roomy cabins include small windows that open to the outside, reading lights, linens and towels, soap and the convenience of a private shower and toilet en-suite.

Our small and personalised cruise gets you closer to wild and untouched Doubtful Sound. You will be accommodated on board the Southern Secret, a 20 metre launch overnight in a private ensuite cabin.

You meet us at Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre in Manapouri on the morning of your departure (by 9.30am) to travel to Lake Manapouri. Here you will board a scenic cruise across Lake Manapouri (45 min cruise) to West Arm. At West Arm you will see the above ground sections of the Manapouri Power Station, an underground hydroelectric power station which is capable of generating up to 850 MW using water from Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in New Zealand.

At West Arm you will meet your crew, who will take you by courtesy bus over the Wilmot Pass where you will capture breathtaking vistas of Doubtful Sound and the surrounding mountains.

You will arrive at the Southern Secret and Doubtful Sound around midday, welcome refreshments and luncheon will be served as we begin to explore the environs of Doubtful Sound such as Hall Arm, Crooked Arm, Bradshaw Sound and more, all the while keep watch for inhabitants such as bottlenosed dolphins, penguins sea birds and seals.

On-board the Southern Secret, your overnight adventure includes sightseeing and exploring the history and splendor, pause at features for photographs and to observe marine mammals, cast a line for fishing, check our crayfish traps and savor the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Activities on-board can include fishing, mammal watching and star gazing on clear evenings. Wildlife often sighted in Doubtful Sound may include bottlenose dolphins, penguins, seals and sea birds. More details about the overnight cruise are below in the terms and conditions including what to bring

Luncheon, pre-dinner snacks, delicious evening meal and breakfast are served on-board, complimented, where possible with the catch of the day. Most diets are catered for.

Your cruise is fully catered excluding alcohol - BYO welcome to enjoy with your evening meal. Complimentary tea and coffee available throughout the cruise

Our cruises are smokefree and not suitable for children 9 years and under. The access to the Southern Secret at Deep Cove is steep; please contact us with any concerns. It is ESSENTIAL we are advised of any dietary/medical conditions prior to departure as Doubtful Sound is a remote location.


Doubtful Sound is many times larger than Milford Sound and much less accessible, meaning that there are only limited numbers of people and boats on the Fiord.

The increased size of the fiord means that you are less likely to encounter numerous other vessels on your cruise and that no two cruises are the same.

Fishing is allowed on board the Southern Secret during our overnight cruises and guests are welcome to fish outside marine reserves – some species are catch and release.

CHECK IN: Meet Fiordland Cruises Staff by 9.30am on day one at Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre in Manapouri. Your cruise returns to Manapouri at 12 noon on day two.

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  • Courtesy Vehicle
  • Non Smoking
  • Shower Facilities
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