Visit Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Even more remote than Milford Sound, Doubtful is equally rewarding: an untouched wilderness of mountain peaks, fiords and rainforest which supports a rich array of bird and marine life, including crested penguins, fur seals and bottle nose dolphins.
The best way to explore these flood-filled glacial valleys is by a leisurely cruise, taking in the awe-inspiring views on every side and overlooked by the imposing Commander Peak at the head of Hell Arm Fiord.
The majority of visitors to Fiordland choose to take a day trip to either Milford or Doubtful Sound, connecting with one of the lunchtime cruises for a scenic and informative trip. The journey can be constructed in a variety of ways, either by driving yourself or by taking one of the excellent coach connections from both Te Anau and Queenstown.
The coaches are state-of-theart, with angled seating and huge panoramic windows allowing for excellent viewing, and full commentary en route. There are also scenic flight connections in and out of Milford.
Suggested itineraries featuring Doubtful Sound
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Doubtful Sound, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Doubtful Sound
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Doubtful Sound
- Te Anau & Manapouri 37 miles away
- Milford Sound 65 miles away
- Glenorchy 76 miles away
- Queenstown 85 miles away
- Arrowtown 95 miles away
- Lake Wanaka 114 miles away
- Stewart & Ulva Islands 122 miles away
- The Catlins 133 miles away
- Haast & Lake Moeraki 143 miles away
- Twizel 170 miles away
- Dunedin 175 miles away
- The Otago Peninsula 183 miles away
- South Island 187 miles away
- Mount Cook National Park 190 miles away
- Lake Tekapo 195 miles away
- Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers 198 miles away
- Hokitika 268 miles away
- Arthur's Pass National Park 281 miles away
Photos of Doubtful Sound
Ideas for experiencing Doubtful Sound
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Doubtful Sound, and which use the best local guides.
Perhaps one of the finest options in Fiordland, the overnight Fiordland Navigator cruise on Doubtful Sound takes you to some of the national park’s most untouched and inspiring scenery.