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  • Address: Fiordland National Park
  • Admission: Free

Breathtaking Doubtful Sound is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. A striking place of soaring peaks and still, calm waters it is nick-named "Sound of Silence" because of the incredible stillness and peace that fills the sound. One minute it might be all sunshine and bright skies and the next it will be shrouded in fog and mystery.

The sound is a long fingered fiord gouged by glaciers between 15,000 and 75,000 years ago it is three times longer and ten times bigger than the more popular and accessible nearby Milford Sound. The sound comprises of three fingers and is full of stunning waterfalls and islets. The islets are prime spots to view Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals.

Practical Info

There are a number of boats that leave from nearby Manapouri (20 mins from the tourist hub of Te Anau). It is even possible to stay the night on the sound experiencing the thrilling sunset and the glorious sunrise.

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Doubtful Sound on an overnight cruise departing from Manapouri on New Zealand’s South Island. Cruise on a traditional ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $218.83

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

Your Doubtful Sound adventure begins as you cruise the crystal clear waters of Lake Manapouri. Then it's over Wilmot Pass, stopping along the way to ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.87

Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $282.90
$295.38 Save $12.48

Queenstown Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

Experience the natural beauty of New Zealand over two days with this Queenstown Super Saver. First up, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $278.74

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