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Te Anua and Doubtful Sound

Location: Te Anua, New Zealand

One (of the many!) of the things I wanted to do was visit one of the sounds, Doubtful or Milford. very early on in our travels we were hearing from locals that out of the 2 Doubtful was the place to go because it was unspoilt and not visited by ship-loads of tourists. I love that feeling of being somewhere that seems undiscovered! So we drove down to Te Anua and were so plesantly surprised by how quaint, quiet, remote, beautiful this place was we ended yp staying for 3 nights. The biggest sway for me, after all the other positives, was the campsites facilities - absolute luury compared to some the places we have stopped at. Doubtful Sound was beautiful, as everything is guaranteed to be around here. Unbeieveable to think that it was created by glacier movement (shouldn't be called a sound, that's when it is created by a river - apparently they got in wrong in the 1800s and when they were recently given the chance to change the name to Doubtful fioir they decided not to. For me the best part was seeing the wildlife being wild. The dolphins put on quite a show for us, clearing the water and playing in the surf that the boat left behind. This morning I was talking to a couple who went to Milford on the same day we went to Doubtful, they said the'r boat had 80-100 people on and there were other boats of similar size. I'm glad we did our trip as there was only 15 of us on our boat and the only other boat we were was a fisherman's. The end to a perfectly peacefully day was not one any of us could have anticipated. A quarter of the way into our return journey the skipper realised that we were out of fuel and had to send for a resuce jet to fill us up. We passed the time with jokes, eye spy and serades. hey, it all adds to the adventure!

Doubtful Sound

A rare penguin, apparently only 2000 in the world.

Dolphins! Believe it or not they were clearing the water but between Tasha and I this is the best picture taken!

Our resuce jet, with fuel.

The bonus prize for being stranded was that we go to see the sun set behind the mountains.

Sheep everywhere.

Katy, this one is for you! You would have loved this bathroom. Glorious! No hopping around trying to dry your foot and get it into a sock with wetting the bottom of your trousers. You could actually put your foot on a clean floor. Ahhhhhhhh.



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Doubtful Sound

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Dolphins! Believe it or not they were clearing the water but between Tasha and I this is the best picture taken!

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A rare penguin, apparently only 2000 in the world.

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Our resuce jet, with fuel.

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The bonus prize for being stranded was that we go to see the sun set behind the mountains.

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Katy, this one is for you! You would have loved this bathroom. Glorious! No hopping around trying to dry your foot and get it into a sock with wetting the bottom of your trousers. You could actually put your foot on a clean floor. Ahhhhhhhh.

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Sheep everywhere.