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Doubtful Sound, New Zealand Cruise Port

Doubtful Sound is a beautiful, uninhabited, lush, and green fiord hidden away in Fiordland National Park. It is the deepest fiord at 421 feet and the second largest amongst the many that populate Fiordland. Its terrain makes it difficult to access meaning it is untouched by human inhabitation that leaves you to enjoy it in peaceful serenity as nature intended, hence its other name ‘sound of silence’. The fiord has plenty to explore with three arms that stretch out along its length each with their own unique characteristics. The journey to Doubtful Sound is an expedition on its own, due to lack of direct roads. You will get to enjoy a cruise to Doubtful Sound across Lake Manapouri and a short bus trip. Once there, you can enjoy this hidden paradise in a variety of ways:
  • A cruise is one of the splendid ways to enjoy the fiord. There are plenty of quaint and comfortable ships with experienced and knowledgeable crew to take you around. With both day and overnight options available, you can fish, swim, dive and paddle, while enjoying fresh cuisine provided on board.
  • Kayaking is available on the Fiord as a day activity or as an overnight event with camping included. No paddling experience is required and experienced guides are available to help you explore the fiord at water level, allowing you to get an up close and personal experience.
  • There are scenic flights offered with an Arial tour of the Doubtful Sound among other Fiords. Enjoy a scenic panoramic view that gives you a view of the landscape on a grand scale that is breathtaking and without a doubt spectacular.
  • Visitors should take advantage of the opportunity to go animal spotting and look out for the diverse and unique fauna such as Fiordland’s crested penguins, New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, and a wide range of whale species. It is a rare treat to see them up close.
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