Fiordland, South Island

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Doubtful Sound view from Wilmot Pass

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

Cruising on Doubtful Sound with Go Orange

Go Orange Doubtful Sound Cruise

Doubtful Sound is the truly remote, authentic Fiordland experience.  

This awe-inspiring, silent and isolated corner of Fiordland is only accessible through travel by boat across Lake Manapouri (reputedly NZ's prettiest lake), then transport over the super-scenic Wilmot Pass and finally down into Deep Cove and the shore of Doubtful Sound.  It's a staggering 10 times bigger than Milford Sound – less explored and less discovered.  Go Orange day cruises offer the only small boat day cruise on this Sound that is so awesome you won't believe it!

Best of all (we think!) there is no cellphone coverage, no wifi, no facebook or tweeting to be had – so grab the chance to escape the modern world – look for seals, dolphins or perhaps whales and rare Fiordland crested penguins!  Doubtful Sound is truly a show-stopper and even the biggest chatterboxes in your family will be speechless when you get right into this magical place!

Departures and other information
Our 3-hour cruises depart daily from Manapouri.  Te Anau or Queenstown connections are also available.
Read more on Doubtful Sound cruises and departures here >>

Food may be brought with you or purchase onboard.

We have regular special offers depending on the time of year you're travelling.
Check out our latest deals and offers here >>

Other Go Orange Adventures

Cruise Milford Sound

You'll get a Go Orange grin when you discover incredible Milford Sound with our friendly team looking after you!  Our large vessels are set at half capacity, so you have plenty of space, seating, viewing areas - and the opportunity for you and your family to have a relaxed interaction with Milford Sound without being shoulder to shoulder with others!  Go Orange cruises are uncrowded even at peak times! Not only that but we have frequent specials plus free food offers on ALL our departures – breakfast, fish n' chips or carrot cake, depending on time of day.

Read more on Milford Sound cruises here >>

Cruise and Kayak Milford Sound

Be dwarfed by Mitre Peak, Pembroke Glacier and thundering waterfalls from water level – this is truly amazing – and no paddle experience is required.  Minimum age from 14 years, depending on trip.
Check out our awesome kayak and cruise + kayak options here >>

Cruise and Kayak Doubtful Sound

Experience genuine fun and friendly sea kayaking on Doubtful Sound plus options for multi-day kayak + camping tours in Fiordland! 

With a maximum capacity of 8 per guide, Go Orange Kayaks offers fantastic small group one-day or overnight kayaking experiences in this remote wilderness area. We’ll take you to an untouched world of spectacular mountains, lush rain forests and dramatic landscapes.   Minimum age 16 years.
Read more on kayaking Doubtful Sound here >>

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
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  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
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  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
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  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
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  • West Coast
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  • Bay of Islands
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  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
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  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.