Join us on this great half day, afternoon trip that starts with a leisurely paddle around Deep Water Basin in Milford Sound and up to the infamous Sandfly Point (finish point for the 4 day Milford Track walk).
With an experienced guide and small group of kayakers you’ll explore the shores of the Arthur River along the way, before setting foot on the world famous Milford Track.
Enjoy an easy walk along the track, admiring the impressive waterfalls and birdlife along the way and learn about the history of the area from your guide.
You will spend approximately 2 hours on the track and 2 hours kayaking on this trip – it is a great mix of paddling and walking and a perfect opportunity to get out and experience Fiordland.
Small friendly groups (8 kayakers per guide)
Top quality sea kayaking equipment
Suitable for family groups
Experienced kayak guides (carry group safety and emergency equipment)
Comprehensive safety and paddling techniques briefing provided
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.
Deep Water Basin, Milford Sound
What To Bring
Swimsuit or underwear
Soft shoes or sandals for kayaking (note they will get wet)
Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellant
Camera (disposable or waterproof)
Walking boots (for the track)
Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking
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?
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.
Did You Know?
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.