George and Rosemary in Australia and New Zealand travel blog

Lake Te Anau

Wilmot Pass

Moss at Wilmot Pass

Moss at Wilmot Pass

Head of Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Fiordland Navigator

Doubtful Sound

Blanket Bay Hotel

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound - sea lions on rocks

Doubtful Sound - sea lions on rocks

Doubtful Sound - sea lions on rocks

Doubtful Sound - sea lions on rocks

Doubtful Sound - sea lions on rocks


We had a leisurely morning walking along the banks of Lake Te Anau and looked at the wildlife collection of endangered birds. Many species have been made extinct. Many others are threatened by the cats, dogs, foxes, stoats etc introduced by Europeans so that many of these birds are extremely hard to find in the wild.

At noon we moved on to Manipouri to join the overnight trip to Doubtful Sound. This first involved a 50 minute trip across Lake Manipouri then a one hour bus trip on steep rough roads over the Wilmot Pass. At the top of the Pass we stopped to look at the scenery and the beautiful mosses and ferns which thrive in the exceptionally wet climate.

At Deep Cove we boarded the Fiordland Navigator with 70 other passengers to sail around the fiord. The fiord is long with many side arms and over the next few hours we explored many of them. In a sheltered spot we moored to explore even closer in in a small boat whilst some of the other passengers set off in kayaks. Later we reached the Tasman Sea and had a good look at a sea lion colony on an island.

The food on the boat was excellent and plentiful. Towards the end of dinner Roe spotted dolphins and called out. Within seconds most people had rushed out to see a large group of dolphins leaping around.

After dark Richard, our nature guide, gave an amusing slide show in the lounge. From outside on the deck we could see the huge sides of the fiord looming above us.



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