Doubtful Sound
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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

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Bird and wildlife watching

Wildlife in Doubtful Sound includes fur seals, penguins (including the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin) and on some occasions whales.

The fiord is home to one of the southernmost populations of bottlenose dolphins.

Kayaking and canoeing

You can kayak in Doubtful Sound/Patea area. 

See: Guided kayaking and kayak hire options - Destination Fiordland website

See: Kayaking in Fiordland

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    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
    Address:   Fiordland National Park
    Visitor Centre
    Lakefront Drive
    Te Anau 9600
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