Doubtful Sound
The next day we went to Doubtful Sound which was named by Captain Cook in 1770 when, looking at the narrow
entrance to the sound, he was doubtful he could safely get his vessel in and out. The 40-km long fiord is the second
largest and the deepest in Fiordland. Getting there is an adventure requiring two boat rides and a coach ride. Pictured
below is a small portion of lake Manapouri which we crossed to get to the Fiord.
At the summit, our coach stopped so we could have a view of the fiord before descending to the end of the road to
board our boat (below).
One of the first
things to greet us
on our voyage
was the pod of
bottle nose
dolphins which
reside in the
Above, a view back into
the Fiord.

Left, two Fiordland
Crested penguins on a
little island at the mouth
of the Fiord. Two days
in a row we were
treated to the spectacle
of these rare penguins.
On our way back, our coach stopped to take us to the Manapouri
Power Station. We got to the generators by going down a two
kilometer long tunnel barely wide enough to fit our coach. Once
again Jackie was freaked out.
The Manapouri Power Station is the largest electric generation plant in New Zealand. Originally, the intent was to raise
Lake Manapouri by 30 meters. However, those plans met one of the first challenges by early environmentalists. The
plant was built, but the lake level must remain at its natural level.

From the seven generators below, the water flows out a six mile tunnel to Deep Cove.
On day three, we hiked
the Kepler Track to the
first Hut.
Jackie was not afraid to cross the swinging bridge to the Kepler

One reward for doing the hike was an encounter close to the hut
with the rare New Zealand pigeon (below from the side and the
We also had the pleasure of meeting
this feathered fellow (above) at the trail