Doubtful Sound is a very large fjord on the south west corner of New Zealand, close to the smaller but more accessible Milford Sound which is near to Te Anau. It took second place after Milford Sound as New Zealand's most famous tourism destination.
Doubtful Sound was named 'Doubtful Harbour' by Captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet as he was uncertain whether it was navigable under sail. It was later renamed Doubtful Sound by whalers and sealers.
If you are interested to explore the famous fjords of New Zealand, you can consider visiting either Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound.
THE CRUISE AT MILFORD SOUND
We booked our Milford sound cruise at Te Anau, whether this is a good idea or not, I am not sure. Weather is very unpredictable in this area, and a fine sunny day, very quickly became a very, very wet night and following day!
Our cruise was with the "RED BOAT'
This company was professional and good, no complaints and would use them again!
We arrived the night before the cruise and stayed at Milford sound.
Yes, it rained and rained, and we already had the cruise booked. Looking out of our Campervan window, to our amazement, we saw big Waterfalls that weren't there yesterday. It was cold and wet, so we rugged up and went to do the cruise.
The day was dull, drizzly rain, and fog misting over the mountains, but Waterfalls!, our Captain said there is over 100 of them when it rains, and wow! what a sight it was, absolutely fantastic. Normally, there are only 3 permanent waterfalls. The photos didn't come out the best, but the memories remain.
We were told we were lucky to see it like this, and I think so too.
YES, we were disappointed the day had turned ugly, but the Cruise was still worth doing, just to see all the amazing waterfalls, it was fantastic!
Now we will have to go back to see it on a sunny day!
Flight across Milford Sound
One of the best way to experience Milford Sound on a clear day is to take a flight across the sound with its magnificent views. However, you must be prepared to folk out a lot of money for such a flight.
Te Anau & Manapouri - gateway to Fiordlands
"Te Anau & Manapouri"
Lake Te Anau is the biggest lake in South Island. Te Anau is the gateway to Milford Sound and Manapouri is the gateway to Doubtful Sound. This is a very ideal base to explore the Fiods and walk the Great Walks such as the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks.
Manapouri is just a 20 mins drive from Te Anau It is a quieter town than Te Anau and has a beautiful Fraser Beach and a Pearl Harbour.
You could spend half a day to visit the Wildlife Park, Ivon Wilson Park, Dock Bay, Te Anau Museum and DOC.
If you like adventure, there are some paid activities gloworm caves, high ride -quads horse treks, westray horse trek, skydive fiordland, luxmore jet, golf, mini golf, cinema, scenic flights, float planes, helicopters, boat cruises, sea kayaking, underwater diving, cycling, fishing and trekkings are some activities that you could go for in Te Anau.