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  • Address: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  • 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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Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour, Te Anau, null
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Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

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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 $220.74
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day Cruises
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 131 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 $173.95
Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound Helicopter Flight from Te Anau, Te Anau, Day Cruises
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Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound Helicopter Flight from Te Anau

This scenic flight visits both Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound. Two of Fourteen beautiful Fiords within the Fiordland National Park. Doubtful Sound is ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $758.72
Doubtful Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight from Te Anau, Te Anau, Helicopter Tours
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Doubtful Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight from Te Anau

Discover the beauty of the second largest Fiord in the Fiordland National Park. Being 10 times larger than Milford Sound there is plenty to view in the ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $366.41
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Helicopter Tours
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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 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 $199.86
Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown, Queenstown, Multi-day Cruises
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Full-Day Doubtful Sound Flight and Cruise from Queenstown

Doubtful Sound flights take you to a more remote area of the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Feel humbled, yet uplifted by the atmosphere of powerful ...  Read more

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

From USD $540.36
Queenstown Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour, Queenstown, ... 
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Queenstown Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

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 $231.10

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