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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  • This was going to be a great trip going into it, but it far exceeded my expectations. Mum and I travelled with RealNZ on the Fiordland Navigator for the 2-night cruise. Our cabin was neat and tidy.....  more
    This was going to be a great trip going into it, but it far exceeded my expectations. Mum and I travelled with RealNZ on the Fiordland Navigator for the 2-night cruise. Our cabin was neat and tidy.....  more »
  • RealNZ’s 2 night trip in Doubtful Sound was a dream come true! Perfect weather, comfortable boat, wonderful food, fantastic tour guide and great crew. We had a truly wonderful time. Highly... 
    RealNZ’s 2 night trip in Doubtful Sound was a dream come true! Perfect weather, comfortable boat, wonderful food, fantastic tour guide and great crew. We had a truly wonderful time. Highly...  more »
  • Wow - what a great couple of days with the team onboard Tutoko II. Got to experience the extremes of what Fiordland has to offer with day one witnessing waterfalls being blown back up the cliff face.....  more
    Wow - what a great couple of days with the team onboard Tutoko II. Got to experience the extremes of what Fiordland has to offer with day one witnessing waterfalls being blown back up the cliff face.....  more »
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  • An awesome trip, we'll worth it🙂
  • FANTASTIC a must do on your bucket list.
  • Amazing experience of my life. Highly recommend place. Would love to come back in winters .
  • The journey from Manapouri was absolutely fantastic. Witnessed all the pure untouched and serene nature.
  • Wonderful, take a boat and spend the night on the Sound, wake in the morning to a silent world and watch the sun rise from behind the mountains, breathtaking.

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