In the immensity of Doubtful Sound

After three hours of kayaking, we stop on a tiny beach in one of the arms of the fjord. The weather is typically “Fiordlandian”. A blend of rain and sun that gives to the place an incredible atmosphere. We take our belongings from the storage compartments of the kayaks. Everyone swallows his little snack to regain strength for what comes next.

For my last week in Te Anau, I went for an overnight Kayak in the waters of the Doubtful Sound. To reach the fjord located east of Manapouri, about twenty kilometers from Te Anau, you have to cross Lake Manapouri and then drive forty minutes in the mountains on a small road in order to pass Wilmot Pass and finally reach Deep Cove, the beginning of the fjord. Being more difficult to access and much bigger than Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound still keeps a mysterious, calm and wild atmosphere.

Paddling in the waters of the fjord surrounded by the mountains covered with New Zealand beech trees provides an incredible feeling. The immensity of the place and the beauty of the landscape seized me. The place seemed to offer its best assets for my last days in the area. A nice way to say goodbye to Fiordland.

Overnight Kayak - Doubtful Sound - Fiordland - New Zealand - © Claire Blumenfeld

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