Imagine going to one of the wettest places on earth, only to be greeted with sunshine. This was our experience in Doubtful Sound on the very southwest tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Blue skies in the land of socked-in clouds and precipitation — lucky, we were.
During our first afternoon in Doubtful Sound, we took off on foot to explore the rainforest and waterfalls near Deep Cove, our overnight spot. From afar, Helena Waterfall looked a gentle flow water trickling softly over the hillside. As we approached, we found something a little different: a rather imposing waterfall spilling over a cliff, generating its share of light-refracting mist. It would have promptly swallowed us had we ventured too close. We did however manage to get close enough to admire it in full, with a respectful distance between us.
Open up the panorama below to full screen to experience for yourself. Just imagine a soundtrack of roaring water as you scroll up to see to the top of the waterfalls.
Note: If you’re wondering about Doubtful Sound’s infamous sand flies — yes, they are as terrible, terrorizing and as enduring as you’ve heard. Never has so small a creature wreaked such havoc to our bodies — trunk, limbs and all — for weeks. Cover up, be liberal with the repellent, then cover up once again!
Panorama: Hiking Under Helena Waterfalls in Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
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Disclosure: Our New Zealand Encompassed Tour is provided by G Adventures in cooperation with its Wanderers in Residence program. Our flights were kindly sponsored by Air New Zealand. As always, the opinions expressed here are entirely our own.