So our trip to New Zealand edges ever closer. Have been working long hours at the office, trying to wrap up or hand off projects so I can take a break from job responsibilities and enjoy this adventure.
Doubtful Sound is a large fjord (a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity – yup, I had to look it up) located in Fiordland National Park in the far south west of New Zealand. It's said to be the country’s most famous tourist destination (#1 is Milford Sound, a smaller but more accessible fjord in the park) and is home to bottleneck dolphins, seals, penguins, whales (!!), and a wide variety of sea creatures.
I’ve learned that one thing that makes Doubtful Sound unique is that it contains two layers of water: fresh water that cascades down from the surrounding mountains is on top; underneath is a layer of heavy, cold water from the sea, which serves as the perfect host to deep-sea species.
On Thursday, February 16, the Real Journeys tour company will pick us up from our hotel and escort us on a 45-minute boat ride across Lake Manapoui. Then we take a bus ride through a rainforest over Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, where we board The Fiordland Navigator for a tour of Doubtful Sound. It’s an overnight stay on the cruiser, which sleeps 70, and we’ll have the opportunity to kayak, enjoy other water-based excursions, or just stay safely on board and watch for wild beasts! And of course, enjoy meal and cocktails with the other passengers.
Here's a sneak peak of what we might expect
when we visit Doubtful Sound.