Doubtful Sound - view of Wilmot Pass, Fiordland, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound - view of Wilmot Pass, Fiordland, New Zealand

Description: The Wilmot Pass connects Doubtful Sound, a deep indentation in the coast of Fiordland, to the valley of the West Arm of Lake Manapouri. The pass is named after Ernest Herbert Wilmot, a former surveyor-general of New Zealand, who had noted it while surveying the area in 1897.
Until the 1960s, the Wilmot Pass was only accessible from the sea or via the Wilmot Pass walking track. The 21 km unsealed road was constructed between 1963 and 1965 to accommodate heavy equipment transporters moving equipment loads of up to 97 tonnes from ships off-loading at Doubtful Sound for the construction on the Manapouri Underground Powerstation. The road is notable as being the only road on the New Zealand mainland which is disconnected from the rest of the roading network.
A number of tour operators now transport tourists across Lake Manapouri by boat and over the Wilmot Pass by bus to lodges or a variety of boats and yachts on Doubtful Sound for day and overnight cruises. Source: Wikipedia

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Keywords: Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, National Park, New Zealand, Real Journeys, Te Wahipounamu, World Heritage site, fiord, fjord, mountains, Murihiku, Wilmot Pass, Mt Wilmot, Mt Barber, Mt Troup, water, Ernest Herbert Wilmot

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