Southern Secret CruisesExperience Fiordland at its very finest with our overnight & multi-day cruises on Doubtful Sound.
The Southern Secret is a purpose-built motor cruiser that offers overnight cruises and charters in Doubtful Sound. Stay in one of the five well-appointed, ensuite cabins and enjoy the spectacular scenery in comfort. The overnight cruise ensures that you get to see more of Doubtful Sound and you have the opportunity to try your hand at fishing or kayaking. There is time to relax and enjoy the scenery while keeping watch for wildlife such as penguins, dolphins, and seals. The smaller boat experience means that we can get you up close to waterfalls and other points of interest.
We would love you to join us & show you around these magnificent Fiords!
Cruise the fiords of Doubtful Sound / Patea with us.
Experience the raw beauty of Doubtful Sound overnight; nature in its most pristine form. Marvel at steep mountain cliffs surrounding the deep waters of the Fiords. View incredible scenery, mammals, and waterfalls from the comfort of your vessel, the Southern Secret.
- Maximum of 12 guests
- 21 Hours on Doubtful Sound
- Checking Fiordland Lobster pots *
- Waterfall Viewing
- Doubtful Sound Wildlife
- All Meals included
- Kayaking *
- Fishing *
- Local family-owned
Our ActivitiesWe aim to create a personalised tour for each group. There are activities to take part in, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery from one of the Southern Secret's spacious decks. Check out the photos below of what our previous guests have enjoyed onboard with us.
Have a go at fishing
Meet new friends
Enjoying the scenery
Wildlife on the Fiords
What Our Clients sayWe have hosted some amazing guests! Read about what they have enjoyed the most on their Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise.
We had the most AMAZING time on our overnight cruise on Southern Secret. The transfers with Nadine were wonderful (great combination of personality, warmth, knowledge, smile) and the information and commentary provided by Clint in his own inimitable, Kiwi way, was just wonderful. We loved spending a night on the boat, hosted by Clint and Jenny. We marvelled at Jenny’s competence, and Clint’s competence and ease with both his boat, and the passengers walking all over it. The boat cruise epitomised everything that is great about New Zealand. Nothing was a problem to either Clint or Jenny. The cabins were comfortable, the food was superb, the fishing was fantastic. There was nothing not to like. Yes, it rained, but it’s Doubtful Sound, after all, and so all is forgiven, rain wise, when you have an experience like that, in a place like that. I would recommend this trip to everyone: nobody should have any hesitations at all about this cruise. All in all, a perfect getaway for us, provided by an outstanding company and its people. Thank you.
Could be the best thing we did while in New Zealand. This experience is so unique and provides a much more intimate experience vs a crowded day tour. We saw tons of dolphin, caught fish we ate that night, prepared by the best chef it was so delicious. So many waterfalls. Kayaking as well. Just unbelievable. The boat was so comfortable for the amount of people. I sometimes get seasick and the water was so calm you sometimes forgot you were on a boat. You really have to make this part of your trip while in NZ. Thank you to the crew for everything!
Southern Secret is a wonderful way to see the fabulous scenery and miss the crowds. In addition you get a ride over Lake Manapouri one of NZ’s largest and most stunning lakes. Everything is managed with efficiency and care from start to finish. We were looked after by skipper Jason who shared his enthusiasm for the natural world with us all ... He also taught us how to fish and we caught dinner - blue cod and Jock Stuart - expertly cooked by Kirsten.
Before I went on this cruise, i had read so many wonderful reviews and was getting worried about how these great reviews would set my expectations too high. But in the end, our Skipper Jason and our Chef Caleb lead us on a unforgettable and fun journey through Doubtful Sound... The level of experience they had and the amount of effort they put in to ensure that everyone had a great time is unparalleled. My only complaint is that the whole cruise is too short.
From start to finish this cruise exceeded our expectations. Definitely recommend the small boat - we had 8 people. A great group and we all felt relaxed. Fishing, kayaking, pulling up cray pots - and the food - Kristen your food was out of this world! Dish after dish of yummyness. Jason thank you for going the extra mile to ensure this was indeed the trip of a lifetime.
Your Doubtful Sound overnight cruise tour can begin in either Queenstown, Te Anau or Manapouri. Early transfer coach from Queenstown departs at 7:00am; Departing from Te Anau at 9:00am or meet us in Manapouri for a 10:00am departure.Read More
The Southern Secret has five comfortable and warm ensuite guest cabins. The Master Suite cabin (sleeps 1-2), Double cabins (sleep 1-2) and the Double/Twin cabin (sleeps 1-4). All have private bathroom with toilet and shower facilities.Read More
Fiordland Cruises also offer charter cruises of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand aboard the Southern Secret. Charters can be arranged on demand (subject to availability) for small groups, friends, family, or couples seeking a private Doubtful Sound experience.Read More