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Doubtful Sound from Wilmot Pass

Doubtful Sound

cruise ship in Doubtful Sound

Wilmot Pass from Doubtful Sound

Manapouri Power Station

Thurs Jan 14

Today was an all day trip. We took a trip to Doubtful Sound, another fiord. We left Pearl Harbour in Manapouri on a catamaran just before 10 am. We spent about an hour crossing the lake, it was a beautiful lake, mountains all around and the only buildings were those near the little harbour. We arrived at the visitors centre and got on a coach and spent the next hour driving up and over the Wilmot Pass to the Sound. Once there we boarded yet another boat for the three hour trip up and down the sound. The bus ride was quite spectacular. The road was built to bring in the equipment to build the Manapouri Power Station. The road was a gravel road that was pretty much single lane. There is only one company that does tours out here, they have shipped their busses out here so there isn’t much traffic. The weather was wonderful today, hot and sunny. The cruise was great, it was winding on deck but certainly not cold. We went right out to the Tasman Sea. We saw a couple of fur seals and the resident pod of dolphins twice, waterfalls and mountains. On the way back the bus takes a detour down to the power station. The road winds 1.5 km down the tunnel to get us underground to see the inside of the station. Then back on the boat across the lake. The whole trip took about 5.5 hours. We stayed in Manapouri for dinner, we got take out and ate it in the motorhome with the mountains and the lake in the foreground. Then back to the holiday park for Survivor, Sydney chose instead to watch Harry Potter.

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