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Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound is a spectacular, remote fjord located in the Fiordland region of New Zealand. It is the second largest Fiordland fjord, after Milford Sound, and is surrounded by steep mountains, lush rainforest, and beautiful waterfalls. It is often described as the “Sound of Silence” due to its secluded and tranquil nature.

Doubtful Sound is located on the southwestern coast of the South Island of New Zealand, about 100 miles from the city of Queenstown. It is part of the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord spans nearly 30 miles in length and is nearly 1,000 feet deep in some areas. It is fed by several rivers and is home to a variety of marine life, including seals, dolphins, and whales.

The area was originally discovered by Captain Cook in 1770, and was later named Doubtful Sound by Cook, who thought the area was a bay rather than a sound. It was later explored by the French explorer, Dumont d’Urville, in 1827.

Doubtful Sound has been a popular tourist destination since the late 1800s. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking. There are several boat tours available, as well as guided cruises and overnight stays.

Doubtful Sound is an incredibly beautiful and serene place, and is a must-see for anyone visiting New Zealand. With its stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife, it is truly a special place.

Excursion tips for a day in Doubtful Sound

As a tourist in Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, there are plenty of activities to do in a day. Here are some ideas:

1. Take a boat cruise to explore the inlets and sounds of Doubtful Sound.

2. Kayak around the various bays and inlets of the sound.

3. Go for a hike through the lush rainforest of the surrounding area.

4. Take a guided tour of the area and learn about the local wildlife, geology, and history.

5. Go fishing in the sound and catch some of the local fish.

6. Visit the nearby waterfalls and take in the beauty of the area.

7. Get up close and personal with some of the local marine life on a dolphin or seal-watching tour.

8. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore of the sound.

9. Take a scenic flight to get a bird's eye view of the area.

10. Go on a guided tour of the area and learn about the local Maori culture.

Experience Doubtful Sound with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Doubtful Sound. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound in New Zealand has a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. In summer (December to February), temperatures range from 10-20°C and the area experiences high rainfall and strong winds. In autumn (March to May), temperatures range from 5-15°C and the area experiences moderate rainfall. In winter (June to August), temperatures range from 0-10°C and the area experiences high rainfall and strong winds. In spring (September to November), temperatures range from 5-15°C and the area experiences moderate rainfall. Overall, the climate in Doubtful Sound is mild with a large amount of rainfall throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Doubtful Sound

Our weather forecast for Doubtful Sound helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 9.6 °C
min: 3.2 °C
11.9 m/s
14.0 m/s
84.5 %
24.1 m
78.5 %
998 hPa
08:21:41
17:35:45
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 8.9 °C
min: 1.4 °C
13.3 m/s
18.0 m/s
47.6 %
24.1 m
78.9 %
1,005 hPa
08:20:46
17:36:46
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 9.4 °C
min: 1.2 °C
9.4 m/s
10.1 m/s
61.2 %
24.0 m
81.6 %
1,014 hPa
08:19:49
17:37:48
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 9.5 °C
min: 6.1 °C
13.3 m/s
22.7 m/s
92.4 %
6.0 m
97.1 %
1,016 hPa
08:18:50
17:38:50
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 9.3 °C
min: 7.2 °C
15.1 m/s
26.3 m/s
63.0 %
15.1 m
94.9 %
1,015 hPa
08:17:49
17:39:53
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 10.3 °C
min: 6.7 °C
18.7 m/s
41.4 m/s
93.4 %
15.0 m
93.2 %
1,010 hPa
08:16:46
17:40:57
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 10.2 °C
min: 5.7 °C
33.5 m/s
64.8 m/s
92.2 %
15.2 m
92.9 %
1,002 hPa
08:15:41
17:42:01
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 7.4 °C
min: 3.7 °C
11.2 m/s
22.7 m/s
96.8 %
7.6 m
90.1 %
1,005 hPa
08:14:35
17:43:06
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 9.0 °C
min: 7.5 °C
13.7 m/s
30.2 m/s
93.3 %
6.3 m
97.3 %
1,014 hPa
08:13:26
17:44:11
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 11.3 °C
min: 6.1 °C
7.4 m/s
7.9 m/s
33.8 %
23.2 m
89.9 %
1,021 hPa
08:12:16
17:45:18
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 10.3 °C
min: 5.8 °C
26.6 m/s
57.6 m/s
100.0 %
20.3 m
88.9 %
1,017 hPa
08:11:04
17:46:24
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 7.1 °C
min: 2.4 °C
10.4 m/s
20.2 m/s
56.8 %
15.0 m
89.9 %
1,019 hPa
08:09:50
17:47:31
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 7.7 °C
min: 2.3 °C
14.4 m/s
23.8 m/s
87.2 %
18.1 m
92.4 %
1,026 hPa
08:08:35
17:48:39

Cruises to Doubtful Sound

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Scheduled ship calls in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 15th 2024 Friday, 15th of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:15 pm
Nov. 28th 2024 Thursday, 28th of Nov. 2024 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:15 pm
Dec. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Dec. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 12:30 pm 01:30 pm
Dec. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 10th 2024 Tuesday, 10th of Dec. 2024 Silver Nova 03:00 pm 06:00 pm
Dec. 19th 2024 Thursday, 19th of Dec. 2024 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Dec. 25th 2024 Wednesday, 25th of Dec. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Dec. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Dec. 2024 Silver Muse 04:30 pm 07:00 pm
Dec. 29th 2024 Sunday, 29th of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 9th 2025 Thursday, 9th of Jan. 2025 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 Silver Nova 03:00 pm 06:00 pm
Jan. 14th 2025 Tuesday, 14th of Jan. 2025 MS Europa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 23rd 2025 Thursday, 23rd of Jan. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 30th 2025 Thursday, 30th of Jan. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Feb. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Feb. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Feb. 2025 Norwegian Sun 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 28th 2025 Friday, 28th of Feb. 2025 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:15 pm
Mar. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Mar. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Mar. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Mar. 2025 Quantum of the Seas 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Mar. 27th 2025 Thursday, 27th of Mar. 2025 Ovation of the Seas 12:30 pm 01:30 pm
Apr. 8th 2025 Tuesday, 8th of Apr. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Nov. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Nov. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Nov. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Nov. 2025 Anthem of the Seas 01:00 pm 02:00 pm
Nov. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Nov. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Dec. 3rd 2025 Wednesday, 3rd of Dec. 2025 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Dec. 13th 2025 Saturday, 13th of Dec. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 25th 2025 Thursday, 25th of Dec. 2025 Anthem of the Seas 11:00 am 11:59 am
Dec. 27th 2025 Saturday, 27th of Dec. 2025 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 31st 2025 Wednesday, 31st of Dec. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 2nd 2026 Friday, 2nd of Jan. 2026 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:00 pm
Jan. 10th 2026 Saturday, 10th of Jan. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 14th 2026 Wednesday, 14th of Jan. 2026 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 19th 2026 Monday, 19th of Jan. 2026 Silver Moon 04:30 pm 07:00 pm
Jan. 21st 2026 Wednesday, 21st of Jan. 2026 Silver Nova 04:00 pm 07:00 pm
Jan. 22nd 2026 Thursday, 22nd of Jan. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 3rd 2026 Tuesday, 3rd of Feb. 2026 Anthem of the Seas 11:00 am 11:59 am
Feb. 8th 2026 Sunday, 8th of Feb. 2026 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:00 pm
Feb. 15th 2026 Sunday, 15th of Feb. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 16th 2026 Monday, 16th of Feb. 2026 Silver Moon 04:30 pm 07:00 pm
Feb. 18th 2026 Wednesday, 18th of Feb. 2026 Anthem of the Seas 01:00 pm 02:00 pm
Feb. 25th 2026 Wednesday, 25th of Feb. 2026 Celebrity Edge 12:30 pm 02:00 pm
Feb. 27th 2026 Friday, 27th of Feb. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 11th 2026 Wednesday, 11th of Mar. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 23rd 2026 Monday, 23rd of Mar. 2026 Norwegian Spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 26th 2026 Thursday, 26th of Mar. 2026 Celebrity Edge 11:45 am 01:00 pm
Mar. 31st 2026 Tuesday, 31st of Mar. 2026 Anthem of the Seas 11:00 am 12:00 pm

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