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Doubtful Sound Cruise

In case you haven't found the information you were looking for, we've put together some of the most common questions you ask about our experiences. If you need more specific answers, please contact us directly.

How long does it take to get to Manapouri?

Manapouri is a 2.5 hr drive from Queenstown. If you are departing Te Anau it will take around 20 - 30 minutes. For more information refer to our Driving Times webpage.

Is there car parking at Manapouri?

Daytime car parking is provided adjacent to the Go Orange Manapouri Visitor Centre.

What is the weather like in Fiordland?

They say you can never have a bad weather day in Fiordland. If the sun is shining, you're in for a treat, if it's raining, then get ready to be blown away by all the extra waterfalls on show.

The rainfall is what makes Fiordland National Park so unique and visitors should be prepared for some rain during their visit, after all it rains 200 days of the year.

Temperatures can vary and here is roughly what you can expect in all four seasons.

Summer (December-February) 19-23 Celsius / 66 - 73 Fahrenheit 

Autumn (March-May) 8-18 Celsius / 46 - 64 Fahrenheit

Winter (June-August) 5-9 Celsius / 41 - 48 Fahrenheit

Spring (September-November) 10-19 Celsius / 50 - 66 Fahrenheit

What if it’s raining in Milford or Doubtful? Should we still go?

The answer is yes. You will experience the real Milford Sound in the rain. The rockfaces stream with waterfalls and dramatic mists hang around in the valleys hugging the mountain tops. From the comfort of our brand-new glass roof coach & Milford Haven boat, you can appreciate the epic surrounds.

What are the chances of seeing Wildlife?

The awesome thing about the wildlife in Fiordland National Park is that it is wild. We cannot guarantee you a wildlife sighting, however we have a pod of dolphins residing in Doubtful Sound so, you may witness these incredible mammals swimming in our bow waves. Seals are also sighted regularly, taking residence upon a collection of rocks in Milford Sound & if you're super lucky then the Fiordland Crested Penguins can sometimes make an appearance.

Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound? That is the question.

You will find Milford and Doubtful Sound deep down in the South Island of New Zealand. They are different, but equally beautiful. Milford Sound is around 13kms long and famous for its dramatic mountain peaks and waterfalls. Home to Mitre Peak, it's easy to see why people flock here.

Doubtful Sound is three times longer than Milford Sound, home to three arms named Hall, Crooked and First arm. Commonly known as the sound of silence and famous for Wildlife sightings, Doubtful is a real adventure experience.

Our travellers with enough time choose to experience both fiords.

Let us explain the difference between a sound & a fiord.

A fiord is a valley created from Glacial movement. Typically, narrow and steep sided, flooded by the sea after glacial retreat. A sound is a river valley that has been flooded by the sea, from and movement or rising sea levels

Throughout Fiordland our fiords are officially mapped as Sounds, however we should call them fiords. Milford Sound has a better ring to it though, right?


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