Join us in Milford Sound for this full day adventure – enjoy a leisurely morning kayak experience followed by a nature cruise on the fiord in the afternoon.
With an experienced guide and small group of kayakers you’ll explore the spectacular Lady Bowen Falls. Getting up close to Sinbad Gully – the valley of New Zealand's most photographed mountain of Mitre Peak, you’ll learn about the Sinbad Sanctuary Project and the special native wildlife that make this area their home.
As you paddle along the shoreline view the rainforest in beautiful detail. 2 - 2 ½ hours of kayaking is involved in this relaxing morning paddle - a great morning out. Then join us on a 2 hour cruise of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and return.
Bottlenose dolphins are often seen in Milford Sound, their acrobatic nature and social curiosity making them easy to spot. It is said there are up to 60 dolphins in the sound.
You may see other species too – the Common and Dusky dolphin can also make these waters home.
Deep Water Basin, Milford Sound
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.
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.
Welsh sealer, John Grono, originally named the sound after his birthplace, Milford Haven.
Another sealer, Donald Sutherland was responsible for building the three thatched huts known as the 'City of Milford' and, in 1890, cutting the Milford Track through the bush.
The popular origin of why Milford Sound was called Piopiotahi by local Maori was that it came from a native bird, the piopio, now thought extinct.
Legend has it that when mythical adventurer Māui died, a single piopio flew to the sound in mourning.