We did the whole day trip to Doubtful Sound and would thoroughly recommend it. The trip takes in a sail across Lake Manapouri, then a coach journey over Wilmot Pass. It includes a visit to the hydroelectric scheme deep inside the mountain -like something from a James Bond movie and very interesting. Once at Doubtful Sound you board the lovely catamaran for a three hour cruise Down the sound. Fortunately for us the weather was amazing with clear blue skies so the boat took us right out to the Tasmin sea where we saw seals and albatross. The scenery is just beautiful and at one point the captain turned off the engines and asked everyone to be silent for a couple of minutes and it was a really beautiful experience. The staff are really fantastic - very friendly and knowledgeable and the commentary is really interesting and informative. There is free tea and coffee on board which is a nice touch and the option to book a packed lunch in advance. Our host advised us to get our packed lunch from the Sub shop in Te Anu before we left which was good advice and saved a bit of cash. On reflection, this was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand and I would thoroughly recommend it
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