Kia ora and Welcome to Doubtful Sound

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Haere mai,

Welcome aboard the Southern Secret for your Doubtful Sound Overnight Experience.

For one night we invite you to journey into the wilderness & experience untouched New Zealand at its very finest. Marvel at steep mountain cliffs surrounding the deep waters of the Sound. View incredible scenery, wildlife, mammals & waterfalls from the comfort of the Southern Secret. There is opportunity to Fish & Kayak as conditions allow. Luncheon, Evening Meal & Breakfast are included. Maximum of 5 couples or 12 guests per night.

Highlights of our Doubtful Sound / Patea Overnight Cruise

Personalised Overnight Cruise

Wildlife such as dolphins, penguins and seals may be seen

Surrounded by spectacular and untouched scenery

21 hours on Doubtful Sound



Checking and resetting crayfish traps*

Private Double or Twin Cabin with own toilet and shower

Meals provided include luncheon, evening meal and breakfast prepared onboard

*weather permitting

Overnight Cruises onboard Southern Secret operated by Fiordland Cruises.

Cruise the fiords of Doubtful Sound, sightseeing and exploring the history and splendor, pause at features for photographs and to observe marine mammals, cast a line for fishing, check the crayfish traps and savor the spectacular scenery and wildlife. Activities onboard can include fishing, mammal watching and star gazing on clear evenings. Wildlife often sighted in Doubtful Sound may include dolphins, penguins, seals and sea birds. Fiordland Cruises is the original Company offering Overnight Cruises in Doubtful Sound.

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.

Season: September – May each year. Bookings open now.

Click here to view availability for your Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise. Book today as space is limited to 5 Cabins and cruises are filling fast!


Book now, as space is limited to just 5 Private Cabins each night we recommend you book early to secure your cruise and avoid disappointment. To book your overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound – please phone, email or click here to visit our secure online booking engine to check availability and reserve your cruise. Simply use the calendar to select the date you wish to depart on your cruise or to check availability for your preferred dates.


Disconnect from the world for one night, two days and experience Doubtful Sound.
“There are just a few areas left in the world where no human has ever set foot. That one of them should be in a country so civilized and so advanced as New Zealand may seem incredible, unless one has visited the south-west corner of the South Island. Jagged razor backed mountains rear their heads into the sky. More than 200 days of rain a year ensure not a tree branch is left bare and brown, moss and epiphytes drape every nook. The forest is intensely green. This is big country… one day peaceful, a study in green and blue, the next melancholy and misty, with low cloud veiling the tops… an awesome place, with its granite precipices, its hanging valleys, its earthquake faults and its thundering cascades.”

A beautiful quote about Doubtful Sound from Charles John Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, Governor-General of New Zealand (1957–1962).


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Other Tour Options

Should you prefer to Kayak on Doubtful we recommend joining a day tour with Doubtful Sound Kayak – follow this link to be transported to their information and booking forms.

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