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"without DOUBT a must see" Fiordland National Park Tip by margaretvn

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand: 22 reviews and 33 photos


Take a day trip from Manapouri (a short drive from Te Anau) through the Doubtful Sound. It is a wonderful trip. Getting to Doubtful Sound is an "adventure" in itself. You take a boat from Manapouri across the lake to catch a coach. This takes you along the Wilmot Pass Road. This road is 22 kilometres long and was completed in 1965. It joins the Manapouri Power Station to Deep Cove. The summit is 670 metres and it is reached by a winding drive through cool temperate rainforest. There is a 1 in 5 drop down to Deep Cove where you get the boat for the trip through Doubtful Sound to Bauza Island and the Tasman Sea. If you are lucky (we were!) you can see Crested Penguins on the island and Dolphins playing in the waters. On the return journey you get a chance to visit the underground power station.The fjord is 40 kilometres long and is the second largest and the deepest of Fiordland. It is remote and unspoilt, a wilderness of mountain peaks (often in cloud and rain) with side arms of water from the main fjord and rainforest. This area has a wide range of wildlife including Crested Penguins, Fur seals, Bottlenosed Dolphins and many types of bird.
The Doubtful Sound was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 during his voyage to New Zealand. He doubted if the narrow entrance to the Sound would allow his vessel to get safely in and out.

Address: South island
Directions: Fjordland
Phone: 64-3-2498514

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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