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Dusky Sound, New Zealand

One of the most complex fjords on New Zealand's southern coast, Dusky Sound is a place of serene beauty, accessible today only by sea or air. European explorers first spotted this treasure when Captain Cook and his crew happened upon it in the late eighteenth century. Although they returned to explore its waters months later, Cook and his crew named it Dusky Sound for the time of night when they first found it.

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Dusky Sound, New Zealand

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

The myriad islands that lie in the sound make for spectacular sightseeing, particularly majestic Resolution Island, whose Five Fingers Peninsula shelters the sound from the north-west. The abundance of sunbathing seals on Seal Rock also sends visitors reaching for their cameras. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for bird and wildlife sanctuaries: Curlew, Shag, Petrel, Pigeon and Parrot Isles; Shag River; Seal Rock; Goose, Duck and Woodhen Coves.

Weather in Dusky Sound, New Zealand


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 65° 18.33°
Average Low 50° 10°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 2.48 in 6.3 cm

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