Doubtful Sound is a remote fiord deep within New Zealand’s Fiordland region. To get there, you board a boat in Manapouri, take a bus over Wilmot Pass, then join a cruise in Doubtful Sound.
The boat trip across Lake Manapouri is incredibly scenic – there’s distant mountains and the lake’s edges teem with nature. On the bus, you’ll pass through a mystical landscape: moss in many shades of green covers the trees and ground, and you’ll see waterfalls, rivers, mountain cliffs and untouched forests.
Eventually, you’ll reach the majesty of Doubtful Sound; the steep mountains surrounded by deep water is an incredible sight. Waterfalls can also be seen, specially during the rainy season (i.e. most of the time, it rains around 200 days each year here). If you’re lucky, you’ll glimpse bottlenose dolphins or a rare Fiordland crested penguin. The fur seals will most likely be resting on the rocks, happily posing for photographs.
Travel tips: leave plenty of time to get there and don’t forget insect repellent and a rain jacket.
Words Patricia W. Becker