Doubtful Sound is commonly known as the sound of silence, enjoy the personal space and serenity as you experience a paddle journey like no other. A full day on the water with our experienced guides and a small group of kayers, exploring Deep Cove, Rolla Island and Olphert Cove. We will take you further into the unknown discovering dramatic landscapes. You may even encounter the local wildlife during the three hours kayaking in the remote Fiorldnad wilderness.
You'll begin your trip with a cruise across stunning Lake Manapouri, then travel by coach over the Wilmot Pass and down the other side to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound.
Includes a cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass
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
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.
Go Orange, Te Anau (or pick ups from a selection of accommodation in Te Anau)
Competence in water & moderate level of fitness required
Min age 16 years
What To Bring
Swimsuit or underwear
Bag for wet gear
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
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.