Doubtful Sound, Te Anau

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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  • Doubtful Sound is beautiful, just like so many other parts of New Zealand. However, you will have to sign up for the tour with Real Journeys and that’s where the whole experience became less...  more »
  • Majestic overnight cruise on board Real Journey’s Fiordland Navigator. We had two days of perfect weather cruising the Sound with only a few smaller boats there, ie NO cruise liners! The staff were...  more »
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