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    Sea Kayaking - Milford Sound

    Milford Must Do

    Milford Sound

Getting there

Milford Sound is around 5-6 hours from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau (the nearest town).

You can drive yourself to Milford Sound or alternatively you can join us in Te Anau or at The Divide (Routeburn Track road end). Just select the option that works for you when making the booking.

What to bring

Kayaking within this designated world heritage area is unbeatable - but often encounters a huge variety of weather. Here’s a list of things you need to bring along with you to make sure you’re suitably equipped for your trip:

  • Swimsuit or underwear (for wearing under wetsuit)
  • Plastic bag for wet gear
  • Shorts
  • Soft shoes or sandals (note they will get wet)
  • Warm socks
  • Towel
  • Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellent
  • Camera (disposable or waterproof)
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking

Lunch food – Note: Picnic lunches are available to purchase, if pre-ordered (extra cost).

What we provide

  • Thermal top and leggings
  • Wetsuit vest, fleece top and hat and Pogies (paddling gloves)
  • Paddle jacket & Spray deck
  • Life jacket (buoyancy vest)
  • Dry bags (for your clothing and camera)
  • Map
  • Double kayaks / paddles
  • Group safety and emergency gear
  • Hot drinks

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. Sea Kayak Fiordland cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety. Sea Kayak Fiordland 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.

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Lunch Options

Picnic Lunch

Adult $17, Child $17 (1 Oct 2012 - 31 Oct 2015)

Attractively presented in individual boxes containing: Ham & Egg Sandwich, Cheese and Crackers, Piece of Fruit – Fresh Fruit of the season, Biscuit, Dried Fruit, Muesli Bar, Juice Drink, Complimentary Tea and Coffee.

Please note: If you require a vegetarian lunch, or have any special dietary needs please add this into the comments box during the booking process. You can order any of the lunch options when you make your booking. Menus are indicative only.