MV Southern Secret Doubtful Sound

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MV Southern Secret is a 20 metre vessel based in Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound for the purpose of operating small and intimate Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises.

The Southern Secret has 3 “living” levels.

Upstairs there is a fly bridge deck which is perfect for 360 degree views.

On the mid deck there is the kitchen, galley and living area with the Launch Masters station to the front of this.

Below decks forward there are 3 passenger cabins and below decks aft there are 2 passenger cabins and staff quarters.

The MV Southern Secret caters exclusively for 12 passengers during Doubtful Sound Cruises.

Each cabin has an ensuite bathroom including toilet and shower. Linen and towels are provided, we just ask guests to bring an overnight bag with personal belongings and warm clothing.

Activities on board can include fishing, kayaking and mammal watching during the Overnight Cruise.

Floor Plans

Southern Secret Lower Deck Accommodation Floor Plan

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What to Bring

Here is a list of things you may wish to include in an overnight bag:

Comfortable walking shoes, change of clothing for day two, waterproof jacket, sweater or fleece jacket, thermals/warm undergarments, sun cream, insect repellent, camera + lots of film & batteries, alcoholic beverages if you like.


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.

MV Southern Secret Statistics

Harbour Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound
Make: Displacement Launch
Length: 20.0m / 72ft
Beam: 6.00m
Draft: 2.00m
Cruising Speed: 5-10 knots
Max Passengers 12 Passengers
Max Staff 1 Skipper, 2 Crew
Departing Te Anau (Sept – May) Meet at 8.45am
Departing Manapouri accommodation (Sept-May) Meet at 9.20am
Departing Pearl Harbour, Manapouri (Sept-May) Meet at 9.30am
Departing Queenstown (24th Oct-1st May) Extra cost – meet at 6.45am
Luncheon Yes
Afternoon Tea Yes
Evening Meal Yes
Continental Breakfast Yes
Fly Bridge Deck Seating for 8 or more, fixed table
Dining / Living Area Seating for 14 or more, 2 tables, tea and coffee station
Cabins Forward 3
Cabins Aft 2
Single Bed, Ensuite Cabin: 1 (room has 1 double and 2 singles)
Double Bed, Ensuite Cabin: 5
Heads (toilets): 7
Bathrooms: 5
Crew Quarters: Yes
Linen Provided Yes
Fishing: Yes
Cray Fish Pot Yes
Mammal Watching Permit Yes
DVD Player:/TV Yes
Stereo: Yes
Per Cabin Yes
Charter Yes
Special diets catered for Yes
Cancellation policy applies Yes
Safe Ship Management Yes
Registered Kitchen Yes
BYO Beverages Yes
Power Supply During Day Time Only – turned off at night