Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is a massive wilderness area of rugged peaks, rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets - all deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park.

Known for its pristine beauty and wildlife, Doubtful Sound is the second largest of the 14 fiords in Fiordland National Park and is three times longer and 10 times larger than Milford Sound. It is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals - both of which are often seen. In season, you may also catch a glimpse of the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin.

In Maori legend, this colossal fiord was created by the godly figure Tu Te Raki Whanoa. Four young sea gods assisted him by carving the fiord’s long, sheltered arms.

Today, Doubtful Sound remains an unspoilt wilderness of many moods; one minute clear blue and sun-drenched, the next mysterious and mist-cloaked. 

Real Journeys offers Doubtful Sound Daytime Wilderness Cruises and Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruises departing Manapouri.  Coach connections are available from both Queenstown and Te Anau (to Manapouri), connecting to our Doubtful Sound daytime and overnight cruises. For groups, we also offer Doubtful Sound Daytime Scenic Cruises from Manapouri.


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 Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

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