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. Put Doubtful Sound and other Te Anau attractions into our Te Anau itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We reserved a cruise with Go Orange on Doubtful Sound before leaving home. This location, like Milford Sound, is exceptional, though a bit less dramatic. The trip to and from Doubtful Sound, via ferry...  more »
  • I cannot even begin to describe the beauty of Doubtful Sound. Yes it was raining when we went there but when you are visiting a rain forrest that is almost to be expected and the stunning waterfalls t...  more »
  • Sailing from Vancouver to New Zealand on a cruise, we spent a day cruising the sounds in Fiordland National Park. It was a rainy day and when we entered Doubtful Sound it started pouring. On the ship ...  more »
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  • Fantastic! You can do a overnight cruise. Just amazing. Not as touristic as milfortsounds Just what I like
  • One of the "fjords" in New Zealand, from the water beautiful but Milford Sound is more spectacular.
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