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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  • A must do. If you do not visit this place you make a mistake. One of the worlds most impressive nature. We had a trip which started by a boat which sails you over a fantastic lake. Mountains, waterfal...  more »
  • We took the day trip to Doubtful Sound with Real Journey and it did not disappoint. It had rained all day the day before and the road to Milford Sound where we had originally planned to go was blocked...  more »
  • This place is tooooooo much - just do it!!! Treat yourself & your loved ones - you will NOT ever regret it!! Do the overnight cruise on the Fiordland Navigator!!! Just trust us - it’s worth the invest...  more »

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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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