Cruise for A Cause – Doubtful Sound Cruise Information

01 January 2022

This information is in regards to the Cruise for a Cause, departing Saturday 24th September 2022. Limited tickets are available which you can buy here.

Trip information

Doubtful Sound is unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable. So get ready to create some lifelong memories as the we take you on the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience.

Your itinerary starts in Manapouri with a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes you across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arriving at Deep Cove, you’ll be met by our crew and the majestic Mariner vessel.

Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Mariner blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with a fully licensed bar and an observation lounge.

As you cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, our knowledgeable nature guides will provide commentary ensuring you miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter.

After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or to simply relax onboard. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent.

In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by our onboard chef, served in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

Kick off the next day with a hearty cooked breakfast and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Finally, you’ll return to Deep Cove, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was.

Escape to the peace and tranquility of Doubtful Sound on a magical overnight cruise.

· Duration: 1 night

· Depart Manapouri 12.30pm Saturday, Return to Manapouri 12noon Sunday

· Cruise the full length of Doubtful Sound, all the way to the Tasman Sea

· Enjoy accommodation in private cabins with ensuite bathrooms or quad share bunk-style compartments

· Buffet dinner and breakfast prepared by our on-board chef

· Plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing

· Choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or small boat included

· Specialist nature guide on board who provides insightful commentary

· There is a licensed bar on board.

· Suitable for all ages, with the exception of infants in quad share

· Due to the multi-leg journey and floating wharf access, guests will need to have a reasonable level of mobility

Approximate Timetable:

Saturday 24th September

  • 12.30pm Depart Manapouri
  • 2.30pm Board Fiordland Navigator @ Deep Cove
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm Water Activities
  • 6.30pm approx. Dinner After Dinner – Nature Guide/SCH Evening

Sunday 25th September

  • 6.30am – 8am approx. Cooked & Continental Breakfast Steam Back to Deep Cove
  • 10am approx. Disembark Fiordland Navigator @ Deep Cove
  • Midday approx. arrive back to Manapouri

What to bring

We recommend each passenger brings no more than a carry-on sized bag due to passenger convenience and space restrictions in the cabins.

Don’t forget the following:

· Non-slip walking shoes/boots

· Waterproof jacket*

· Warm sweater/fleece jacket

· Change of clothes*

· Sunscreen/sunglasses

· Insect repellent*

· Swimwear (optional)

· Camera

· Cash for bar and snacks

· Lunch and snacks for the first day

· Personal medication including for asthma and allergies

( * Essential items if you are doing activities. Activities take place even if it is raining)

Tickets are limited, buy yours now!

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