Our overnight trip with Real Journeys to Doubtful Sound has to be one of the highlights of our NZ holiday. We’d heard about how beautiful the Sounds were and decided we preferred Doubtful over Milford, with the latter feeling more touristy and commercial. We took a 4-man bunk which was all that was left despite it being a couple of months before we were due to travel, and which was just as well because other options would probably have been expensive for the 4 of us any case. My expectations of the bunk were pretty low but in fact I was proven totally wrong as it was a great set up and we had a very comfortable nights sleep. As for the rest of the trip it was quite simply awesome. We loved dawn and dusk especially, the moodiness of the weather which changed so quickly, the rainbows, the waterfalls, the landscape, the wildlife, the tranquility. I guess there is a dependency on the weather and it might not have been the same experience in torrential rain and fog, but that would be seriously unlucky and the rapidly changing weather of our trip actually made it what it was and I wouldn’t have changed a single bit of it. Real Journeys looked after us very well indeed on a nice boat and with good food and hot drinks on tap. Great people in both the staff and other guests and I so wish we could do it all over again.
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