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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  • we had have decent weather with rain only part of the time. Much better to go to Doubtful Sound than Milford Sound which is horribly overloaded with tour buses and people  more »
  • We booked this trip in Queenstown and travelled from Te Anau to Manapouri. We arrived early in the morning to be told the trip was cancelled because of a landslide. We were offered a full refund or a ...  more »
  • Great experience, the weather was perfect. Very peaceful. Knowledgeable staff. Accomodation was great. Food was excellent. Well worth a visit.  more »

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