Seven months around the world.... August 2004 - March 2005 travel blog

Heading out across Lake Manapouri, toward Fiordlands National Park and Doubtful Sound

Looking at the Kepler Mountains. Had plans to hike them, but skipped...

Heading into West Arm of Lake Manapouri, and onto road to Doubtful...

The boat I was on for the night - 45 people plus...

One of many waterfalls we saw along the way

August 2003, a 7.1 earthquake was centered in Doubtful Sound. Here is...

Yours truly, during our "activities" time on smaller boats (notice it was...

After a few hours, the sky began to open up - it...

Heading out to the Tasman Sea under increasingly clearing skies

The narrows before the Sea.

Some of the islands at the coast, looking southwest

Island on the left had fur seals, the one on the right...

There is my first penguin - a Fiordland-crested penguin (how's that Betsy?)

At the Tasman Sea, looking back toward Doubtful Sound

Another view back into Doubtful Sound

And then came the dolphins, who visited the boat three times in...

I think it was the same group each time - with between...

And each visit lasted about 10-15 minutes - it was something else...

LOts of airborne, which I only caught a few of on still...

And another (note, photos while the video is running are a bit...

Then they showed their underbellies - and kids of all ages loved...

More jumping

Soon they became ghosts of the sea.

Sunset in First Arm, where we spent the night.

Last photo, as I burned through my battery in one day shotting...


So, I decided to splurge, and spend the cash on an overnight boat trip into the less popular and more remote classic Fiordland sound (as oppossed to the world famous Milford Sound). During the boat ride across the lake to the road that goes over the pass to the Sound, the weather was great. Once on the road to the pass, the cloud level dropped and the rain started, and I was thinking I was going to have a classic rainy fiordlands trip. That was the case for awhile, and provided for some fine waterfalls. But then, as you'll see, the clouds broke, and I was treated to Doubtful Sound in all of its blue sky splendor. The crew on the boat said it was one of the finest weather trips they had experienced this season - once again New Zealand had treated me well. It was a short trip, just under 24 hours. But it was a very impactful trip, and I glowed from it for the next few days. Grand. Soon I will go to Milford Sound too, but with lots less angst about seeing it above the 500 foot level.



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