Explore the magic of Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound's expanse, Stewart Island's tranquillity, or the spectacle of Lake Whakatipu in Queenstown. Stocked with refreshments, comfortable seating, outside decks and heaps of character, your RealNZ day cruise of choice is the cherry on top of your experiences in New Zealand.
Want to soak up the magic for longer? Explore our overnight cruise options.
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Cruises depart from different locations depending on the destination.
Day cruises vary in duration.
Milford Sound Day Cruises run for approximately 1.5 – 2.5 hours depending on the vessel and day cruise you choose, not including travel time to destination.
Doubtful Sound Day Cruises operates a little differently. Meet at Lake Manapouri, where, included in your day cruise ticket, you’ll get transport across the lake, which can last up to 1 hour. Following that, we’ll cross the Wilmot Pass by coach, through lush and dense forest for another hour before reaching Deep Cove at Doubtful Sound. The Doubtful Sound Day Cruise lasts around 3 hours before returning to land.
Queenstown Day Cruises also vary in length depending on your vessel and the destination. The TSS Earnslaw travels to Walter Peak and back again, which takes around 45 minutes each way. Some guests choose to depart at Walter Peak to enjoy the range of experiences the High Country Farm offers. The Queenstown Lake Cruise is a 1.5 hour round trip.
Day cruises are all child-friendly, we just ask you to supervise children, especially young ones, when moving about the vessel as there are safety hazards.