DSCF1235The Fjordlands in the South Island of New Zealand should be on everyone?s must-see list as a tourist. The stunning landscapes and wildlife in this region are incredible. You will not leave disappointed. The Doubtful Sound is not accessible by road, the only way to get there is by boat. We began our journey to the sound via a ferry across Lake Manapouri. We then boarded a bus and journeyed over Wilmot pass, where we met our home for the next 24 hours on board our overnight cruise vessel with Real Journeys

My words and pictures cannot explain the pure magical feeling the sound possesses. We passed a waterfall every few minutes, we saw penguins, seals, and dolphins. The entire experience was tranquil and beautiful.

Just before the sun set on our first day onboard, we anchored in a quiet inlet and took out the kayaks. This was my favorite part of the cruise, getting up close to the waterfalls, and seeing the mountains right up-close rise straight up out of the water, covered in plush green trees.

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The staff on board were really knowledgeable, and never missed an opportunity to show us something magical. They explained the fjords and their history in such detail. At one point, the captain turned the engine off, and we sat in silence for a few minutes just to get a true understanding of the isolation and tranquility of the area. It was truly a peaceful moment.

The cruise itself was also fantastic. The accommodations were comfortable and wonderful, and the food was out of this world. The chef on board made every effort to fill our bellies with delicious local seafood, lamb, beef, and other Kiwi favorites. The desert was probably the most memorable part of dinner, mostly because I have a crazy sweet tooth!

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For the food alone this cruise was worth it, but food aside, I will always highly recommend a visit New Zealand?s Fjordlands, and Topdeck Travel did an amazing job of making this part of the trip magical with the overnight cruise, and the amount of time we spent enjoying the region.