Doubtful Sound, Te Anau

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Explore the many twists and turns of Doubtful Sound, a large fjord where calm, dark blue water is flanked by green mountain peaks. The sound was named by Captain Cook in the 16th century because he was unsure if it was accessible by sailboat; today, access to this isolated area is restricted to boat cruises and bus trips. To get more out of your visit, consider an overnight cruise or kayaking in the sound. The unspoiled wilderness area supports rare marine life like bottlenose dolphins, penguins, fur seals, and sometimes whales. Using our custom trip planner, Te Anau attractions like Doubtful Sound can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • On a beautiful clear calm day we boarded the ferry that would make the 33 km, 50 minute trip to the far side (Western End) of Lake Manapouri (5th largest, 2nd deepest in NZ) then we transferred to...  more »
  • We booked this overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound with a company called Real Journeys. It was. Different to Milford but equally stunning. Access more difficult as we had to get a boat across lake...  more »
  • Save your time and money and go to Milford Sound instead. Average views, I was very bored for most of the journey. At Milford I saw seals, dolphins and a penguin and here I got to see the same scenery for the whole duration.
  • Four seasons in one. We had rain, then snow on the mountain peaks and finally beautiful sunshine. Captain Cook named it Doubtful sound. We saw seals, dolphins and were lucky enough to see a penguin sailing past the boat. It was a delightful trip.

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