Dusky Sound, New Zealand
Tucked into the southwest corner of New Zealand’s spectacular South Island, Dusky Sound is one of the country’s most attractive cruise destinations. Part of the Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound is 40 kilometres in length and 8 kilometres at its widest point. With no direct road access, it is characterised by its remote beauty and is perfect for cruising.
Dusky Sound is home to several large islands including Resolution Island, Long Island, Anchor Island and Cooper Island. This picturesque natural wonder is known for its hundreds of cascading waterfalls, small rivers and a diverse collection of marine life. It is one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking natural settings.
Typically a cruise-by destination, Dusky Sound features on the itineraries of many ships traveling around New Zealand’s South Island all year round.
Part of the 1.2 million hectare Fiordland National Park, Dusky Sound is set on the southwest coast of New Zealand. It is located around 100 kilometres south of the popular Milford Sound and 40 kilometres south of Doubtful Sound. It is accessible only by sea.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the local currency in Dusky Sound is the New Zealand Dollar. Coins come in 10, 20 and 50-cent denominations, as well as 1 and 2-dollar coins. Notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
- Time Zone - Dusky Sound uses New Zealand Standard Time (NZST). It is 12 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+12). From October to March the area uses New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT), which is 13 hours ahead (UTC+13).
- Weather - Dusky Sound experiences a cool to moderate climate all year round, with abundant rainfall. Average temperatures range from 19 degrees Celsius in January to 9 degrees Celsius in July.
- Resolution Island - cruising into Dusky Sound it’s hard to miss the majestic Resolution Island. Named after Captain Cook’s ship, which landed in Dusky Sound in 1773, it is the largest uninhabited island in the Fiordland National Park area. Separated from the mainland of New Zealand’s South Island by Dusky Sound and Breakfree Sound, this stunning untouched island covers and area of around 208 square kilometres.
- Anchor Island - one of Dusky Sound’s many islands, Anchor Island covers an area of 13.8 square kilometres. As you enter Dusky Sound it is easy to identify the island by its impressive 417-metre elevation. Used now by the New Zealand Department of Conservation, Anchor Island offers a safe home to endangered native birds such as the Tieke (Saddleback) and the Kakapo.
- Wildlife Spotting - with dolphins, seals and the famous Fiordland penguins patrolling the waters, Dusky Sound is a wildlife paradise and cruise highlight for nature lovers. Sightings of bird species including the curlew, shag, petrel, sooty shearwater and broad billed prion are common. On the rare occasion, certain species of baleen whales have even been spotted in the Sound’s calm waters.