Doubtful Sound, Te Anau

Must see · Water Body · Wildlife Area
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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  • Had a superb trip on both Lake Manapouri & Doubtful Sound. Definitely one of the real highlights of both islands in NZ. Not just a boat trip - in fact 2 boats and a coach overland (between LM & DS...  more »
  • If you want to experience Doubtful Sound, the Fiordland Expeditions overnight cruise is undoubtedly the BEST way to do it. My husband and I were hoping to do a day cruise on Milford sound and a day...  more »

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