There was a special almost serene feeling about this trip from the point of arrival at Manapouri. The day started with a boat trip across lake Manapouri before being taken by bus on a gravel road through the bush, the road owed its existence to the hydro station built at the far end of Lake Manapouri. By this point you are already well off the beaten track. We boarded the impressive Navigator at the start of Doubtful Sound. Excellent cabin, service and food. Highlights included two lengthy encounters with bottle nose dolphins, fur seals, albatross, kayaking, swimming and the special moment when the engines were cut so we could all experience the sound of silence. Everybody from the captain, the nature guide and all members of staff were excellent and gave us an experience to remember.
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