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Doubtful Sound

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Address: Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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US$168.70*
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Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise from Te Anau or Manapouri
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US$395.39*
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Doubtful Sound Scenic Helicopter Flight from Te Anau
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US$751.23*
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Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound Helicopter Flight from Te Anau

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even in the cold month of april, this is worthwhile. Had "a typical fjordlands day with lots of temporary waterfalls", meaning that it rained a lot. Definitely worth the time and... read more

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed today NEW

even in the cold month of april, this is worthwhile. Had "a typical fjordlands day with lots of temporary waterfalls", meaning that it rained a lot. Definitely worth the time and money.

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Bowral, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I chose Doubtful over Milford. Based on many many reviews and the shorter time frame to get there! What a fabulous experience! From the first taxi to the bus to the boat, bus and boat, the staff, quality of food, commentary, experience was amazing! Such happy staff inspite of having to deal with so many tourists every day! I got... More 

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Thank Gloria Jean R
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our last stop before going back home. Amazing untouched nature, saw lots of dolphins, fur seals. There is an option to do some kayaking or a ride on a boat. We went with Real Journeys - will certainly recommend them- excellent friendly and informative crew, fantastic food! We were a bit put off by the jokes on Australians... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on the overnight cruise through Doubtful Sound via Real Journeys. It was peaceful, beautiful and so interesting. The food was excellent with snacks, a fabulous dinner and a delicious breakfast. We went kayaking in one of the arms, some went a small boat. Afterwards 3 in our group jumped into the cold water. That night we watched fish... More 

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Kerobokan, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Happy that we choose this over Milford. the bus pick ups us near lake hayes then we drove for sometime , beautiful panorama, then we cross with ferry to lake Manapouri. stunning, quite, breathtaking view then they took us in bus to reach the last ferry. quite chill and we are blessed no rain n cloud during the trip, so... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything is timed to perfection and well run. Maintaining and supplying infrastructure is mind blowing. The scenery is spectacular.

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Thank Peter F
Battle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed overnight on the Southern Secret with eight nice and friendly fellow tourists, the Captain and one fantastic multi task crew member. This is simply a breath taking experience one that we will treasure. Despite poor weather we had a great time. The views are amazing and you can if you wish kayak, fish or just relax. The food... More 

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Thank ColinO11
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Less visited than Milford Sound, but travelled first by boat across a lake to land. Rather a lot of people. Many from another culture who lack our manners. Three buses took as to the next Dock at Doubtful Sound, with stops along the way at photographic points of interest. The cruise on the Sound was interesting but twice as long... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't sure if we should do this all day excursion but we are so glad we did! The bus across the lake had amazing views, and also the bus ride had some spectacular views. Once on the ferry we headed out onto Doubtful Sound - it is 10 times bigger than Milford Sound, and has arms off it and... More 

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Hope Island, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing views and spectacular scenery. Overwhelmingly peaceful feeling surrounded by the majestic mountains. Untouched and the waterfalls just incredible.

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