Stage 1: The Journey to Milford Sound from Te Anau
We leave Te Anau early meeting you at your accommodation or the DOC long term carpark. We travel the Milford Road, 120 kms along New Zealand's most spectacular alpine road, through the Eglinton Valley, past the Divide, into the mountains, through the Homer tunnel, down into the steep-sided Cleddau valley. We entertain you with history of the area, explaining the conservation issues, providing hot drinks and 'bikkies'. If we can't kayak due to deteriorating weather, the kayaking is replaced by a launch cruise and we extend the nature tour home.
Stage 2: Preparing for Sea Kayaking
We meet up with those joining us in Milford Sound (meeting at Deep Water Basin car park. If you're driving, just turn left into Deep Water Basin Road and drive to the end). We change into our kayaking gear, complete a safety briefing and setting up the kayaks.
Stage 3: The Sea Kayaking... Up Close & Personal
Weather permitting, our aim is to start kayaking beneath dramatic sheer cliffs, with classic views of Mitre Peak and the cascading waterfalls. We hope to encounter friendly fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, sometimes playful dolphins. For lunch, weather permitting, we will stop on a secluded beach to enjoy a hot drink and biscuits. Bring your own lunch or order from us ($18). We begin the paddle back to Deepwater Basin. Back on shore, we change back into dry clothes and pack up the kayaking gear.
Stage 4: The Journey Home
A look around Milford Village, another hot drink, we begin the journey home with scenic stops, short walks, good NZ music and some well earned rest time. If you are then completing the Routeburn Track, we can drop you off at the Divide. We return back to Te Anau about 6.00pm.