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The 'Sounds' of New Zealand's South Island west coast (the most famous of which is Milford Sound) have often been compared to the fjords of Norway. I had been on a cruise of Milford Sound many years earlier and so, inspired by reports that if one was prepared to travel a bit further from Te Anau to get there Doubtful Sound was actually more impressive, this time we decided to cruise for a day on Doubtful. I have already uploaded one picture, taken on the way to the sound.

In this part of NZ there is a very good chance that the weather will be overcast and wet; the annual rainfall is phenomenal. This day was no exception, except for the few seconds of sunshine that occurred from time to time, as seen here on the side of the mountain. The rain had been teeming earlier, causing the waterfalls to stream down the steep faces of the mountains. The boat gives some idea of the massive size of them.

The Fjordland website says:
"Sometimes called “the Sound of Silence” there is a cloistered serenity within Doubtful Sound that contrasts with Milford Sound. The fiord is rich in flora and fauna, New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets in the entrance of the fiord.
At 421 metres deep Doubtful is the deepest of the fiords and is long and winding with three distinct “arms” and several outstanding waterfalls in the area from Deep Cove to the open ocean, a distance of around 40.4 kilometres."

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