Join us on this great trip with a 3-hour paddle from Deep Cove. A great way to explore part of this vast wilderness area and fiord deep in Fiordland National Park.
Cruise across stunning Lake Manapouri, then travel by coach across the Wilmot Pass down the other side into Deep Cove.
With an experienced guide and small group of kayakers you’ll get a taste of Doubtful Sound and all it can offer with 3 hours of paddling out on the fiord exploring Deep Cove, Rolla Island and over to Olphert Cove and return.
Personable and experienced guides
Maximum capacity 8 kayakers per guide
Hot drinks provided
Experienced kayak guides (carry group safety and emergency equipment)
Comprehensive safety and paddling techniques briefing provided
Complimentary coach transfers available from Te Anau
Operated by Go Orange
Competence in water & moderate level of fitness required
Min age 16 years
Note: If kayaking is not possible, it may be substituted with a 3 hour scenic boat cruise.
Please phone by 5pm the day prior to your departure to reconfirm all details, including pick up point and time.
Doubtful Sound is the second largest of Fiordland National Park’s 14 fiords (Dusky Sound is the largest).
It is three times longer than Milford Sound and it has a sea surface area roughly 10 times larger than Milford Sound due to its greater length and its three arms - Hall, Crooked and First.
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Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau (or pick ups from a selection of accommodation in Te Anau)
What To Bring
Swimsuit or underwear
Soft shoes or sandals (note they will get wet)
Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellant
Camera (disposable or waterproof)
Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking
Lunch: Bring your own lunch and easy snacks to eat on the go
Thermal top and leggings
Fleece top & Hat
Paddle jacket & Pogies (paddling gloves)
Life jacket (buoyancy vest) & Spray deck
Dry bags (for your clothing and camera)
Double kayaks / paddles
Group safety and emergency gear
Hot drinks & kayaking snacks
What to Wear When Kayaking
Please wear your swimsuit or kayaking underwear layer beneath warm clothes/waterproof jacket on pick-up (makes changing into paddling gear easier and quicker). The best way to carry your other gear to the launch point is in a backpack.
Safety & Risk
Sea kayaking has inherent risks and can be dangerous. In Fiordland, they are characterised by: remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water and limited kayaking landing sites.
Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. Go Orange cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety. Go Orange accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities. Participants will be required to sign a liability form to this effect before starting a tour.
Changing conditions can mean that tours have to be modified. No two tours are the same. It is very rare but weather could delay your scheduled return by up to 24 hours e.g. road closures or weather conditions preventing kayaking. Clients on guided tours must listen carefully to and follow guides' instructions and adhere to safety requirements. Our reputation depends on your safety – we give it top priority and take it seriously.
Did You Know?
Doubtful Sound reaches about 430m at its maximum depth. Near the entrance there are sills where the water is relatively shallow (90m).
The water temperature in the fiord averages a bracing 11 degrees Celsius.
Did You Know?
Fiordland, one of the world’s wettest regions. Most of the rain falls on the seaward side of the mountains.
Manapouri village receives 1,143mm a year but over in West Arm the rainfall rises to 3,786mm. Deep Cove receives 5,290mm per year.