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Explore New Zealand's second most popular cruise destination - the stunning Doubtful Sound fiord

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Doubtful Sound Cruises

Located in the middle of the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, Doubtful Sound (sometimes also called the ‘Sound of Silence’ after the Maori name, Patea – the place of silence) is the deepest fiord in the region. It has also been voted the second most popular tourist destination in the country, right after the nearby Milford Sound.

The Best Time to Cruise to Doubtful Sound

Honestly speaking, Doubtful Sound is great to visit all-year round, the fiord is as stunning on a sunny day as it is in rainy and stormy conditions.

Just like its neighbouring fiords, Doubtful Sound receives quite a lot of rain, so don’t forget to take your raincoat and umbrella.

Generally, summer and autumn are the best seasons to book your Fiordland cruise holiday for:

  • Pleasant temperatures during the day
  • – Days are longer

Things to Do in Doubtful Sound

The fiord’s serene natural beauty is what thousands of tourists come to see and experience every year. Here are some of Doubtful Sound’s highlights:

  • – See the beautiful waterfalls of which there are plenty, for example Browne Falls that tumbles 619 meters or Helena Falls that cascades 220 meters.
  • – Keep an eye out for amazing wildlife, like the bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
  • – Explore the region on a kayak tour.
  • – Visit Deep Cove with its outdoor education centre.

Top Cruise Lines

Unlike Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound isn’t as frequently visited, due to the fact that its harder to get to. So below are the cruise lines, whose ships do manage to cruise to the remote fiord: