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“Absolutely stunning”
Review of Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound
Ranked #4 of 53 things to do in Te Anau
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Real Journeys are slick operators! A wonderful trip with friendly staff and great facilities and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

Thank Belinda v
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We did a July overnight tour with Dave and Richard, and I cannot thank them enough for going above and beyond in every respect. Mandy picked us up in Te Anau, and baked us some Banofee muffins (Banana muffins filled with Toffee) to take on the ship. We crossed Lake Manapouri with Dave, and he drove us through Wilmot Pass to meet the Tukoko II.

The cabin are so comfortable and cozy. Too this day, I day-dream about going back to their cozy living room, enjoying some hot cocoa and Mandy's shortbread cookies while the rain and Doubtful Sound go by outside. There's also a 'compulsory kayak' as Dave joked. We fished, and got water from one of the countless waterfalls.

I have seldom felt so strong about recommending a company. Fiordland Expeditions is a small, family-owned business, with a handful of staff. They get that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many people, and they care about providing a memorable time. You can choose Real Journeys and go with 70 other strangers, or you can choose the Tutoko II and make a connection to the locals who live and love the Fiordlands. You can watch Richard personally dive for your lobster dinner. You can get fishing tips from Dave, not to mention the countless bit of information about the area. And they're both excellent cooks! Some of the best meals we had in New Zealand were with them.

Before we decided on Fiordland Expeditions, I remember reading through countless reviews for one that would tip the scale and convince me to just do it. This is that review. Do it.

8  Thank patriciaelenie
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

I really recommend going on an overnight trip with Deep Cove Charters. With a maximum of 12 persons on board (we luckily were just 4) it is just so personal and so much worth the money. It really was the time of our life and after 3 long term visits to New Zealand our most famous trip We have done there. Thanks to our skipper Chris for everything. The meals are excellent, fresh, self made, right out of the sea or the wood. You can go swimming, kayaking, fishing, dolphin- seals- and penguin-watching. And all that right in the middle of one of the most stunning sceneries we have ever been. If you go to Doubtful Sound, do it with Deep Cove Charters - if you wanna have the time of your life! And have as much crayfish as you can eat ;-)

Cheers, Joe & Sammy

4  Thank Joachim P
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you are considering exploring Doubtful Sound, then Fiorland Expeditions is definitely the best way to do it. Our overnight cruise, was an absolutely magical experience.Tutoko II is a very comfortable vessel, catering for a small group of people. On this cruise you are guaranteed personal approach in a relaxed environment. Our crew - David and Mandy, were fantastic hosts and made us feel very comfortable and extremely well fed! I do not think I have ever seen crayfish the size they have cooked us for dinner!
The scenery of Doubtful Sound is really amazing but what makes it even better is how peaceful it is. Over two days we were the only boat cruising around this spectacular part of New Zealand.
Everything about this trip, was just fabulous. I had my reservations about going on a cruise in the middle of winter, thinking it might be cold and uncomfortable, but I could not be more wrong. The boat was very warm, and the scenery was breathtaking. Kayaking in the Sound is a must, it will definitely be something to remember. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who is keen to visit this part of the world.

2  Thank lil_ruski
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is an awesome place, often forgotten, but it is so spectacular. The scenery and the views are amazing. It is very rugged, but it is so different when it rains, becomes misty, sun comes out, and if you are lucky you can enjoy the sunset and sunrises of the some of the most rugged untouched scenery. Downside is the sandflies, and it can rain for days

Thank Janr20
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