To Doubtful Sound … and back

NZ – To Manapouri for Doubtful Sound at EveryTrail

It’s difficult to do this area justice. It’s just amazingly beautiful and amazingly big. This was for me going to be one of the highlight days, one I’d been looking forward to from the moment we’d decided to visit South Island – we were not disappointed. The trip was a combination boat, coach, boat trip visiting a hydro-electric plant on the way out. We had pretty good weather for the inland boat trip but when we got on the fiord the clouds came down a bit but we still got good weather for the area – the rainfall frequency being about 75% of the year I believe.

The postcard pictures at the top of the page give you an idea of just how magnificent the scenery is – my pictures on Google+ Photos were as good as I could manage without a tripod. You can see them as a slideshow below as well.

From Invercargill to Te Anau

We stayed in a motel on the outskirts of Invercargill. The best thing it had going for it was the TV provision and the fact that it was on the route out of the town on our way to Te Anau. Other than that cheap and cheerful.

Our route took us beside a stormy sea before heading inland to follow a couple of rivers.

As the day wore on so the weather improved and then clouded over, so that around mid-day when we were at Clifden and just beyond it was really quite hot.

I’ve included a few info panels of the stops we made, which will remind me, and may interest you, of what we saw :-). Just click on them to enlarge them so you can read them.


The photos from the day are once again to be found on Google+ Photos.

The place we stayed in Te Anau was very pleasant – the room was large and very close to the town. I liked Te Anau. We stayed here for three nights and got to know our way about. We spent one day (a cloudy, grey day) in Te Anau walking around, visiting the cinema to have the Fiordland Experience – such a great film that I bought a DVD copy of it. We dined the first night in an Italian restauarant – La Toscana which was pleasant enough, I think we did pizza and pasta. The second night, after a day just wandering around the place we ate at The Ranch where I had a steak – I remember that! The third night I can’t recall where we ate, we may have just used up some supplies from our supermarket store taken from the car.

NZ – Invercargill to Te Anau at EveryTrail