About Us

For any bookings or enquiries, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Who are We.

Fiordland Cruises is a local family-owned business who have had four generations of family offering hospitality in Te Anau and Fiordland for over 60 years. Come and join us to cruise Doubtful Sound aboard the MV Southern Secret.

Why choose Us.

We believe that Fiordland is the most spectacular place in the world and wish to share that with our guests in the best possible way. Our small ship allows visitors to take part in a personalised, authentic experience which they will remember for a lifetime.

What we Do.

Fiordland Cruises have operated small-ship overnight cruises in Doubtful Sound for over 45 years. We hold the necessary Department of Conservation Concessions and Marine Mammal Watching permits for the area.

Our Activities

Catch & Release

Fishing

Fishing is loads of fun and takes place outside of the marine reserves and we catch and release where possible as currently there is a moratorium on certain fish species. Common catches can include Blue Cod, Sea Perch, Terakahi, and School Groper.

Adventure & Fun

Kayaking

Experience the majesty of Doubtful Sound from water level. Five single sit-on-top kayaks are onboard. Kayaking is an adventurous activity and a safety briefing is held prior to going on the water. Lifejackets are provided and are compulsory. Kayaking only occurs at the discretion of the skipper and is weather dependent.

Spiny Red Rock Lobster

Fiordland Crayfish

Fiordland Lobster are captured in traps that are baited each evening, while we cannot guarantee that fresh Fiordland Lobster will be on the menu, there is a certain excitement in watching how these creatures of the Fiord are captured.

Fish & Mammals

Doubtful Sound Wildlife

Doubtful Sound is home to a range of rare and beautiful wildlife and encounters may include Fiordland Crested Penguins, Southern Fur Seals or Doubtful Sound’s indigenous Bottle Nose Dolphins. To protect our rare and endangered wildlife we operate to a strict code of practice when we encounter wildlife.

Optional Extras

Fiordland by Seaplane - Wings &Water

Scenic Amphibious Float Plane Flights

From Doubtful Sound to Lake Te Anau, direct 20 minutes flight is $1100 for 2 or 3 passengers.

From Doubtful Sound to Lake Te Anau, exploring Dusky Sound 1 hour & 30 minutes $950 per person (minimum 2 passengers)

Southern Lakes Helicopters

Scenic Helicopter Flights

Doubtful Sound to Te Anau: The return journey will depart from Deep cove. While flying up this fiord you’ll detour into a unique hanging valley known as Campbell’s Kingdom, complete with its own lake and waterfall. The return journey flies aloft the Main Divide of the Southern Alps with a landing at Mt Kidd, a remote alpine location with dramatic views before descending back to Te Anau.
DURATION: 40 minutes
LANDINGS: 1
PRICE: $685 per person

Dusky, Doubtful Sound to Te Anau: The return journey will depart from Deep cove. While flying up this fiord you’ll detour into a unique hanging valley known as Campbell’s Kingdom, complete with its own lake and waterfall. You’ll fly over three more fiords before a landing is made at Mt Pender, Dusky Sound one of Fiordland’s largest and most remote fiords. 40km-long Dusky Sound is dotted with more than 350 small islands. Access to the sound is by sea or air only – very few people get to experience the beauty of this magical place.
DURATION: 1 hour 10 minutes
LANDINGS: 2
PRICE: $995 per person