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Kayak Milford Sound

Departure Location

When driving to Milford Sound please allow 5-6 hours from Queenstown and around 3 hours from Te Anau. You will need to be at the Kayak base at least 20 minutes before your trip departs to check in and meet the team.

What to bring

They claim there’s never a bad weather day in Milford, a place that receives the most rainfall than anywhere in the country one would think this would deter our travellers. But no, during or just after rainfall is one of the best times to visit. Here is a list of things to bring for your epic experience.

  • Swimsuit – to wear under your wetsuit
  • Soft Shoes or sandals – please note they will get wet
  • Warm Socks & layered clothing
  • Towel
  • Sunblock, sunglasses, hat to protect your head
  • Camera – don’t forget this, GoPro’s and selfie sticks also welcome.
  • Water & picnic lunch to enjoy on a secluded beach

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

Please wear a swimsuit or kayak underwear layer beneath warm clothes and a waterproof jacket. Bring your gear 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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