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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  • We went on the winter overnight cruise, we had two days of the most magical weather, the crew of Dave the skipper and Jenz the chef could not have been more helpful. Mandy managed all the bookings. OK...  more »
  • I took the day trip sponsored by Real Journeys. The trip was run well except for acquiring the lunch which was totally disorganized and of poor quality. The best part of the boat journey in Doubtful S...  more »
  • We did the overnight on board the @realjourneys ship and had the most incredible experience. I can't recommend this amazing place highly enough...just don't miss it! We travelled around this area for ...  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
  • 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.
  • Without "doubt", one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. A true gem, untouched and unspoiled. I did the overnight cruise by Real Journeys which I elected over the Milford Sound after reading a few reviews which said Doubtful was larger and far more peaceful since most visitors go straight to Milford. Needless to say, those reviews were 110% true. We were essentially the only boat in the sound for the duration which really made my time a lot more personal. Every person who I spoke to who had been to Milford said they preferred Doubtful which helped me feel confident I made the right choice. I will certainly visit Milford when I go back. However, the unforgettable Doubtful Sound will always hold a special place in my memory.
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