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Dec 13, 2015 - Exploring the NZ Fjords

A couple of exciting days as we made our way to and explored Doubtful Sound - one of the fjords of New Zealand. To get there, we traveled by bus for two hours, then 45 minutes by boat across the lake, then another bus over the windy mountainous road to the Doubtful Sound Harbor. The skies were sunny when we left Queenstown in the morning - but had turned cloudy/rainy by the time we had arrived. After settling in to our over-night cabin, cramped but comfortable, we headed upstairs for some hot soup and coffee. The crew assured us that rain...

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May 3, 2015 - Day 11 Doubtful sound cruise

Up bright and early, overnight bag all packed and just about to head off down to the Cruise departure point nice and early, when I stepped out of the van and it locked behind me! Panic stations as no key on me, no phone!! Fortunately the lovely camp owner came to my aid and helped make some calls to get it sorted and because of local knowledge, she had the AA man on the way before he had even received the official call. All fixed in minutes and I was very gratefully on my way and just very glad it happened where it did and not way out in...

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Mar 23, 2015 - Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, & Milford Sound, New Zealand

Pete enjoyed his day in the Sounds, although he did not actually have an opportunity to get off the ship as they visit 3 different picturesque areas in one day. Although he did not mention it, it was probably nice to have a port hole in his own room this time. He is well and is having a good time and working hard.

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Mar 18, 2014 - Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, & Milford Sound

The ship visited three scenic locations - Dusky Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Milford Sound. Pete has some pictures and a video that will be added soon. He also mentioned that the ship features current run movies in the theatre, which is great for him. He has seen Gravity, Last Vegas, Captain Phillips, & Singin' in the Rain.

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Mar 7, 2014 - DAY 12: Cruise to Doubtful Sound

High-speed catamaran from Manapouri to West Arm, then by coach over the incredible Wilmot Pass to meet our cruise vessel, the Fiordland Navigator, at Deep Cove. After a quick group briefing, settling into cabins, and tea & warm muffins there was just time for some fresh air on deck before soup was served. By now we were well on our way towards the open waters of the Tasman Sea. Slowly passing very close to a cluster of small islands we saw many fur seals basking on the rocks, but no sign of any penguins or dolphins today. Then back into...

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Nov 13, 2012 - Doubtful Sound

Nov. 14, 2012 Doubtful Sound Greg and I were picked up yesterday by our tour bus, Real Journeys, at 1130 and so we began our way to Doubtful Sound and our overnight boat trip. Now it is not easy to get to the sound which is in reality a fiord. First, we took a small shuttle bus about 15 miles down the road to the town of Manapouri. There at Pearl Harbor (yes that is the harbor’s name!) we caught a ferry across the fifth largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Manapouri. We sat outside in slightly chilly weather and watched the islands which...

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Jan 26, 2012 - Doubtful Sound no Doubt

Yesterday we decided as a treat to ourselves that we would go on a boat trip from Manapouri where we are staying across Doubtful Sound which is a huge sheltered harbour one lake over. This morning we did not think that we had made a wise decision. The weather forecast did say it was going to rain early on but it would clear up in the afternoon – it didn’t. We had to get up early as well, 7.30am which is unheard of for us but there we were even though we never got that much sleep in the first place as the bites from the bloody sand flies...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Doubtful Sound & It's not Verne's Birthday Anywhere!

Up before daylight to get to the lake to take us across Lake Manapouri (has 34 island located in it) to get the bus to take us through Wilmot Pass to get to the boat to cruise Doubtful Sound. While we were waiting for the first boat we met an American who asked us if we were going kayaking on the sound. I couldn’t help but laugh. She was a school teacher from Denver who after 12 years of teaching has taken a semester off to travel. She has been in NZ since February 10 and has been backpacking. She was kayaking in the sound and camping over...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Serene, Surreal, Silent Doubtful Sound

With Gerard off 'trempin' I decided to splash out and do one of Fiordland's Must Do's - an overnight cruise on brooding Doubtful Sound. Doubtful is less well known than Milford - probably because it cannot be accessed by road like Milford. It is the second biggest of the 14 fiords (the biggest is Dusky); 3 times longer than Milford and 10 times larger so it had to be good! Captain Cook sighted it first in 1770 but never ventured inland. He named it Doubtful Harbour as he 'doubted' whether the winds would fill the sails to let the ship get...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Jan 14, 2010 - Doubtful Sound

Thurs Jan 14 Today was an all day trip. We took a trip to Doubtful Sound, another fiord. We left Pearl Harbour in Manapouri on a catamaran just before 10 am. We spent about an hour crossing the lake, it was a beautiful lake, mountains all around and the only buildings were those near the little harbour. We arrived at the visitors centre and got on a coach and spent the next hour driving up and over the Wilmot Pass to the Sound. Once there we boarded yet another boat for the three hour trip up and down the sound. The bus ride was quite...

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Oct 28, 2009 - Doubtful Sound

The Overnight trip on Doubtful Sound! Tuesday 27th October 2009 Blue skies this morning – but with the snow on the nearby hills it is still chilly! Though the lake looks really good with the snow capped hills behind. As we have to vacate our site by 10.00am we park the van out on the road (though not at the lakeside as we had planned – because they are re-tarring the road) at the back of the Campervan Park. The town is pretty quiet, but we wander round taking pics and then head off to the Department of Conservation visitors centre to get...

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Toughs Travels

Sep 17, 2008 - Doubtful Sound - Kingkong Territory

The following day we drove to Lake Manapouri which is the meeting point for the trip on Doubtful Sound. The initial boat trip took about an hour and it takes you across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. From there, a bus picked us up and drove us over the beautiful Wilmot Pass road to the start of Doubtful Sound. Doubtful Sound is an unspoilt and remote wilderness with stunning scenary. The weather is so changeable, one minute there's clear skies, the next raining and cloudy. It's considered real lucky to experience both weather conditions. We...

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