Imagine the Hidden Depths of Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound is the deepest of all the fiords at 420 metres, and is the second longest fiord at 40 kilometres long.
There are three distinct arms off the main fiord and many hundreds of waterfalls. Main waterfalls include the Browne Falls, cascading 619 metres to the fiord near the beautiful Hall Arm, and the Helena Falls at Deep Cove.
The soaring 900-metre sea cliff of Commander Peak is an imposing sight at the entrance to Hall Arm.
Doubtful Sound is home to Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and the Fiordland crested penguin.
A popular day trip from Manapouri takes you across Lake Manapouri by launch to West Arm followed by a bus trip across the majestic Wilmot Pass into Deep Cove at the beginning of Doubtful Sound. This excursion also includes a visit to the underground power station at West Arm.
Kayak tours and eco-cruises are popular methods for revealing the mysteries of this beautiful fiord.
Access to Doubtful Sound is either by sea or by Wilmot Pass Road from the Manapouri Power Station.