We decided to next explore Fiordland by boat and headed out from Queenstown for a cruise on Doubtful Sound, one of the many spectacular glacier-carved fiords that define the tip of the South Island. After the eye-popping drive out of Queenstown along Lake Wakatipu, followed by a similarly dramatic boat crossing across Lake Manapouri and white-knuckle drive over ~15 miles of up and down dirt roads to Deep Cove, we joined a small group of fellow passengers for an overnight cruise of Doubtful Sound on the Tutoko.
Despite the ever-present clouds and mist that characterize Fiordland, we enjoyed spectacular views of the dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains that make up the Sound.
We also got to enjoy some kayaking in one of the many coves on the Sound, getting an up-close view of the scenery…
…before getting a chance to catch our dinner: while we fished for blue cod, one of our guides dove for “crayfish” (a spiny version of our lobsters) – making this definitely one of the most fresh seafood dinners we’ve ever had.
After a restful night in our cozy four-bunk “penthouse” cabin (!), we were treated to sunrise and morning coffee on the Sound…
…before reversing direction and enjoying a return of bright sunshine for our trip back across Lake Manapouri.
From there, it was a short drive to Te ‘Anau, jumping off point for our next adventure – a 3-day hike on the Routeburn Track.