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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  • I wasn’t really looking forward to the first lake cruise or the bus trip before we reached Doubtful Sounds but both had their own unique features and added to the overall enjoyment of the experience.....  more »
  • While Doubtful Sound and Fiordland are known for their high rainfall, don't be put off. Despite high winds and pouring rain we had an exceptional experience. Our tour and overnight stay was on...  more »

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