Wednesday, February 10, 2010
D is for Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound is in a remote corner of New Zealand. It is reached by taking first a ferry across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. There you transfer to a coach for the drive over the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove.
At Deep Cove you leave the coach and board a catamaran for a cruise on Doubtful Sound. Although given its name in 1773 by James Cook, the fjord was unexplored until the Italian navigator Malaspina commanded a Spanish scientific expedition in 1793. His name is remembered in Malaspina Reach, the area between Hall Arm and Crooked Arm. It was here that we were joined by some bottlenosed dolphins who sailed with us and provided a spectacular show jumping out of the water and somersaulting back.
As you approach the Tasman Sea, there are clear views of the Nee islets, named after a Spanish botanist. On the southern entrance, beyond Febrero Point are two rocks known as the Hare's Ears.
You can read more of our 2001 journey to New Zealand on The Land of the Long White Cloud.
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