Submitted by Paula Guy on Tue, 07/08/2012 - 10:33
We felt like kids going on a school outing yesterday morning, we were so excited with our cameras and packed lunches. We'd selected a small family run business rather than the 'big boys' in town so we had a personal service where the mum Paula picked us up around 8.15am and took us to their boat jetty in Manapouri, whereupon we were greeted by her daughter Stacey to guide us and the skipper John.
We headed out on Lake Manapouri, which was beautiful in itself to West Arm, where we took a look around the visitor centre while Stacey went and got the coach to drive us across the Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove. Deep cove is where we boarded the boat for our 3 hour cruise of Doubtful Sound. We were both hungry when we got on the boat, so while they were untying the boat and manoeuvering out of the harbour area we ate parts of our picnic, packed the rest away and got up outside on the top of the boat – the only place to be!