From Franz Joseph Glacier, we spent 8 hours in a bus to Queenstown – And crossed the 45th parrallel ! Then 3 hours in another bus for Te Anau. The, today we took a bus for Manapouri.Then we crossed the Manapouri lake by boat (below).
Then we jumped on another boat to finally see the Doubtful Sounds. Was it worth it ? Oh yes, definitely…
Doubtful Sound was named ‘Doubtful Harbour’ in 1770 by captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet as he was uncertain whether it was navigable under sail. It was later renamed Doubtful Sound by whalers and sealers.
A Spanish scientific expedition commanded by Alessandro Malaspina visited Doubtful Sound in February 1793 to conduct experiments measuring the force of gravity using a pendulum, a part of the effort to establish a new metric system.
But all those cultural explanations don’t tell how beautiful was the sound, tonight, just before sunset…
Tomorrow I’ll be in Queenstown, a bit North. And then Norther. And Norther….
You can access my New Zealand road map here by the way).