"Doubtful Sound" Doubtful Sound by al2401

Doubtful Sound Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 65 photos

Named Doubtful Harbour in 1770 by Captain James Cook Doubtful Sound is in fact a fjord and is the second largest in New Zealnd's Fiordland. It is three times as long and ten times as large as Milford Sound. It has three large arms all branching off to the south. Hall Arm is quite protected and shows the visitor some amazing reflections.

The sound is home to fur seals, bottle-nosed dolphins, blue penguins and a variety of seabirds such as the gannet. The mountains are covered with thick temperate rainforest and waterfalls abound - especially after rain.

I prefer Doubtful Sound to Milford Sound.

Doubtful Sound can only be accessed by sea or by the road from the Manapouri Power Station over the Wilmott Pass. You first have to cross Lake Manapouri on a passenger boat - no vehicles - and take all you need for the day as there are no shops past Manapouri township.

Day trips are available from Queenstown or Te Anau. I recommend this company.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quite unspoiled - fewer boats than Milford
  • Cons:More difficult to get to (but that is a Pro as well)
  • In a nutshell:Awesome
  • Last visit to Doubtful Sound: May 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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