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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  • Great trip! We were collected from our hotel in Te Anau and transported to Manapouri to start our boat tour. After confirming our meal choices for lunch, we had time to prepare before boarding the boa...  more »
  • I took the Doubtful Sound cruise the day after I went on the Milford Sound cruise. It's a lot longer (basically a day trip) because you've to cross Lake Manapouri first, then take a bus to get to the ...  more »
  • A terrific spot. Wilderness at its best. See why Cook called it Doubtful Sound. Beautiful spot. Wild and altered very little by humankind. A place to see for serenity and wilderness.  more »
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  • No doubt, this is one of the most enchanting place in NZ! Even better than Milford sound and it is a must-go in South Island. The cruise for Doubtful sound is more expensive than Milford. Hence, if budget is a constraint you might want to consider going Milford Sound instead. The low cloud and mist make the mountains so dreamy. When the cruise brought us close to the Tasman sea, there are alot of seals resting on the rock. Sea was rough and everyone on board was having some "roller coaster" fun. There is a moment of "Sound of Silence" at the end of the cruise where u put all your electronic devices away and close your eyes to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Lovely! We totally love this cruise with Real Journeys to Doubtful Sound. Highly recommended! #J2ACE
  • This place is absolutely stunning - a must visit if you are in this area of New Zealand. We left from Te Anu and took a bus/boat/boat/bus trip to the fjord and had an amazing time. The rainforests surrounding the sound are incredible and being on the water in this remote wilderness is unlike any other experience. This place is much harder to get to than the more well known Milford Sound so you'll have to book a trip with a company that runs out of Te Anu or Queenstown.
  • I was very doubtful about my phenomenal experience their. however a had a very pleasant staying their but the keas where scavenger sadly
  • A highlight of South Island NZ! Not just a matter of hours like the Milford Sound Tour - it will take you all day. Stay overnight in Manapouri and board your vessel early next morning. Crossing Lake Manapouri she will take you to the power station at the western arm of the lake. A bus will take you down to the fiord. On its way it will stop at the underground power station and provide you with a look at the turbines. At another stop you'll have a wonderful view of the fiord. After having boarded the vessel down at the fiord they'll take you through the fiord almost out the Tasman Sea. This tour will let have you the real fiord experience: steep walls, sea mammals and solitude! Almost no other tourist boat, not ten or more so around you as in Milford Sound. Since this tour takes a bit more of time they'll provide you with a cuppa and biscuits. A perfect day in an untouched area!
  • Travel through this majestic jurassic wonderland by warm, dry and comfortable day tour boat and imagine how ancient these lands are and how few people have actually set foot on the land. Be bedazzled by the hundreds of waterfalls cascading down the dizzying vertical cliffs, which seem to appear in minutes when the rains begin. A perfect layover adventure, if your touring NZ by car.
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