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Our abandoned boat after the engine seized.

Inside Manapouri Power Station - 6 huge combines- under the lake, within...

Looking down into Deep Cove Harbour.

Cruising out into Doubtful Sound, looking back at the entrance from Deep...

Low cloud hangs over the Mountains, on a glorious day.

Fur Seal Colony.

Awesome scenary.

I really did get lost for words, just sat on the boat...

Seeking peace and serenity.

Inquisitive or what!

Treasure Islands

Just majestic!

Tree lined cliffs.

Fisherman's Haven - TV station on a small island, to see Rugby...

Dolphins following and surfing the bow-wave.

This, believe it or not, is our replacement engine for the abandoned...

Night falls as we make our way home.


What a great day this was. 15 of us, on a boat, way out on Lake Manipouri when the engine gave up the ghost. We were stranded for an hour, a really enjoyable relaxing hour, and then they sent us out a Lake Taxi, so that we could continue on our way. The other people on the boat were fantastic, friendly and really made for an enjoyable day. But, although there was no panic, we did shoot all the women and children!

Joking aside, this turned into a great day, visiting the huge Power Station, Deep Cove Harbour and continueing on to Doubtful Sound where seals lay in the sun and dolphins leaped and frolicked. We got back very late and in the dark, tired out.

Doubtful Sound, although less famous, is far more varied, entrancing and beautiful than Milford Sound, and when touring must be seen after visiting Milford Sound.

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