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Kayak Doubtful Sound

Kayaking Doubtful Sound is the kind of experience you'll dine out on for the rest of your life. It's a bold statement, sure but ask anyone who's ever been on one - they'll back us up!

Departure Locations

  • Go Orange, Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri
  • Go Orange, Te Anau (or pick ups from a selection of accommodation in Te Anau)

When driving to Manapouri please allow at least 3 hours from Queenstown and around 30 minutes from Te Anau. You will need to meet at the Go Orange Visitor centre for check in 20 minutes prior to departure.

Minimum requirements

  • Competence in water & moderate level of fitness required
  • Min age 16 years

What To Bring

  • Swimsuit to wear under your wetsuit
  • Soft shoes or sandals for kayaking, please note, they will get wet
  • Warm socks
  • Towel for after the trip
  • Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellent – to keep those pesky Sandflys away.
  • Cameras, GoPro’s and selfie sticks welcome
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking
  • Bring your own lunch and easy snacks to eat on the go

We Provide

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

What to Wear When Kayaking

Please wear a swimsuit or kayak underwear layer beneath warm clothes and a waterproof jacket to the base, this way it is quicker for us to gear you up. Bring your clothes, snacks and other goods to the launch point 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.

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.

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