Doubtful Sound

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Doubtful Sound is a remote fiord in known as 'the Sound of Silence'. It's home to one of the southernmost populations of bottlenose dolphins.


This majestic fiord has no direct road access and so is quieter and more remote than it's famous neighbour Milford Sound and visitors agree that this adds to its magic.

Doubtful Sound is one of the largest of the fiords, it has three main arms and is home to three of Fiordlands 10 marine reserves.

You can walk four tracks that start from Deep Cove Hostel. 

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Doubtful Sound/Patea area

About this place

Getting there

The easiest way to get to Doubtful Sound is to travel by boat from Pearl Harbour wharf in Manapouri, across the lake to West Arm, then travel by coach over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. 

This needs to be booked in advance with one of the local transport operators. 

Know before you go


Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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