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 had terrible bad luck with the weather: cold, rain and foggy. On 6 November expect spring weather there. Despite that we have enjoyed the fjord, doing a little thinking to Norway.
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  • This will remain a highlight of our trip to New Zealand: a night on the superb Real Journey in Doubtful Sound, a wonderful fjord boat. Not to be missed.
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  • We were lucky in our weather and the entire day was sunny and beautiful. Although the Sounds are "busy," we didn't feel there were a lot of people in Doubtful. It is a full day commitment and well wor...  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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