They provide all the professional gear, from thermal layers, to neoprene suits, to the waterproof jackets. All you need to wear are shoes or slippers and undies, and they have a changing room to put on all your gear. We've done tandem lake kayak before but this sea kayaking was funner with the waves. It took awhile to get used to the steering but it was manageable for us beginners. We even connected (by holding onto our 6 kayaks), set up a sail, and let the winds sail us back to shore! Our guide said this was his first time doing that in Milford since it's not always that windy (unlike at Doubtful Sound), but it was an awesome and unique experience. Highly recommended for a unique perspective from the water, rather than just on a scenic cruise. Others in our group even jumped into the lake for a dip after the kayak tour!
We had an amazing time kayaking on Milford Sound with Go Orange. The bus driver, Ethan, picked us up in Te Anau and made the drive so interesting with a few stops along the way. He was a wealth of knowledge, and funny! The kayaking itself was more fun than I thought it would be. It rained the whole time but with the gear provided you barely notice. I would suggest bringing your own gloves though. We got to see waterfalls, a penguin, and lots of other nature. The guides Brodie and Joe(?) were fun, instructive and great to chat with. The time flew by. We did a Doubtful Sound cruise the day before so skipped the Milford cruise but by kayaking we got up close and personal with the sound. This experience was the highlight of ourNZ trip.
We couldn't have had a better day on the Sound. Glassy-smooth water, slightly overcast so the sun wasn't too fierce. Pretty cold, but the four (or was it five?) layers of thermals/fleece/wetsuit vest/PFD and jacket kept us warm.
Matt was the perfect guide: clear and relaxed on all the technical and safety side, knowledgeable on the water, the rock, the plants, the animals. Rafting-up to have our lunch in the middle of the sound was magical.
I can't recommend this trip highly enough. Good gear, good people and, of course, a fabulous location.
My girlfriend Amanda and I had an amazing day kayaking on the Milford Sound. The views and weather were incredible, as well as the animals and waterfalls we saw. Our guide Isla (hope I’m spelling that right) was kind, and kept things at a comfortable pace. Well worth the price and the drive from Te Anau.
Aaaaaand... even more amazing was the drive there, where we got picked up before dawn and learned about a bunch of cool conspiracy theories as well as some key recommendations on New Zealand movies.
Aaaaand... just as great, on the way back we learned about naked tunnel runs, great places to eat and drink around Te Anau, and about how Avengers Infinity War is going to tie the whole Marvel universe all together within one movie. Incredible!
Then we got to drive through heaps of sheep on the way back! They were all over the road and surrounding our van. “Heaps” - they say this a lot in New Zealand.
Thanks again for a great day you guys.
Our two hour drive up from Te Anau wasn't as grim as you might fear, with stunning views and nuggets of info from the mic'd-up driver.
The pre-paddle info was more detailed than some we've experienced and plenty welcome for newbies or those (like us) with limited experience. The weather was cool, to say the least, there was still snow on the higher peaks and it rained on and off all day, though thankfully there was no wind and the sound was flat-calm.
The supplied clothing - base layers, neorprene vests, fleeces, fleece hats and rainjackets - kept everyone comfortable. The veggie packed lunch was generous too.
Our guide Tobias, aka 'Bob' had plenty of info and advice with an easy rapport with the three double kayaks he was guiding.
On the drive back to Te Anau, we stopped at some beautiful locations to snap Kias, enjoy another hot brew up and take part in the Milford Olympics. All in all, a grand day out.