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Doubtful Sound Overnighter Sea Kayaking

Days
2

Pricing From
$399

South Island
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Overview

Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park is an immense and unharmed wilderness. Doubtful Sound is 3 times longer than Milford Sound, and has a sea surface area approximately ten times larger due to its longer length and many magnificent sheltered waterways and islands. Doubtful Sound is a great place to discover.

This two-day Doubtful Sound Sea Kayaking trip is all about giving yourself some quality time to experience a special adventure.  This overnight trip is an authentic sea kayaking and camping expedition in a remote environment that embodies what Fiordland wilderness is all about – and of course, having fun along the way!

Each day involves about five hours of kayaking surrounded by soaring cliffs, waterfalls and luxuriant rain forest. Penguins, seals and dolphins are occasionally encountered.  In the evening, our campsite in Doubtful Sound is set amongst the forest in Hall Arm alongside a fresh water stream – a special place in which to unwind as the evening descends.

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.

Food for Overnight & Multi Day Sea Kayak Trips

On a kayaking trip, you will eat more than usual and there is plenty of storage space on the kayaks. Bring food that is simple but nourishing. Please remove excess packaging and carry food in bags (supermarket cloth bags are ideal).

Food Suggestions:

  • Snacks: Bananas, chocolate, muesli bars
  • Lunches: Sandwich type food (cheese, salami, tuna), fruit, biscuits
  • Evening meal: pasta, rice or noodles with sauce plus soft vegetables, meat, canned fish
  • Breakfast: cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, baked beans​

Safety & Risk

Sea kayaking and wilderness camping have inherent risks and can be dangerous. In Fiordland, they are characterised by: remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water, limited kayaking landing sites and camping under forest canopy.

Fiordland Wilderness Experiences Sea Kayaking Doubtful Sound

Fiordland Wilderness Experiences Sea Kayaking Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Fiordland Wilderness Experiences Sea Kayaking Doubtful Sound

Fiordland Wilderness Experiences Sea Kayaking Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Seals Doubtful Sound Fiordland National Park New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Lake Manapouri / Doubtful Sound

Your wilderness experience begins early in the morning with a short road shuttle to Manapouri to board a boat for the 30km journey across stunning Lake Manapouri.

This is followed by a road journey crossing the remote alpine route of Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. On arrival you will change into paddling gear, pack kayaks and be given a full safety briefing and instruction from your experienced guide.

The group then spends 5 - 6 hours kayaking in the midst of Doubtful Sound, alongside the massive glacial landscape, deeply faulted mountainsides, waterfalls and sometimes penguins, fur seals and dolphins. A lunch break is made on an uninhabited beach, surrounded by pristine native rainforest.

On arrival at the camp site, you will set camp. As evening falls, enjoy the company of fellow paddlers as you each prepare your meals in the group shelter and enjoy the surrounding untouched, pure wilderness.

Day 2Malaspina Reach / Elizabeth Island / Deep Cove / Wilmot Pass

After breakfast we break camp, load the kayaks, then encounter the morning stillness of Hall Arm. The fiords mirrored waters ripple past the kayaks, or in the wet, waterfalls cascade from the mountain sides.

The group paddles to Malaspina Reach and Elizabeth Island before returning early afternoon to Deep Cove, under sail if possible, for pack up and lunch.

The final leg is the journey back across Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri by boat and vehicle, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the scenery and the rewarding two day experience.

Price per person

December 2021 - January 2021

  • From Manapouri: NZ$399

* Minimum age 16 years

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Lake Manapouri / Doubtful Sound

Your wilderness experience begins early in the morning with a short road shuttle to Manapouri to board a boat for the 30km journey across stunning Lake Manapouri.

This is followed by a road journey crossing the remote alpine route of Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. On arrival you will change into paddling gear, pack kayaks and be given a full safety briefing and instruction from your experienced guide.

The group then spends 5 - 6 hours kayaking in the midst of Doubtful Sound, alongside the massive glacial landscape, deeply faulted mountainsides, waterfalls and sometimes penguins, fur seals and dolphins. A lunch break is made on an uninhabited beach, surrounded by pristine native rainforest.

On arrival at the camp site, you will set camp. As evening falls, enjoy the company of fellow paddlers as you each prepare your meals in the group shelter and enjoy the surrounding untouched, pure wilderness.

Day 2Malaspina Reach / Elizabeth Island / Deep Cove / Wilmot Pass

After breakfast we break camp, load the kayaks, then encounter the morning stillness of Hall Arm. The fiords mirrored waters ripple past the kayaks, or in the wet, waterfalls cascade from the mountain sides.

The group paddles to Malaspina Reach and Elizabeth Island before returning early afternoon to Deep Cove, under sail if possible, for pack up and lunch.

The final leg is the journey back across Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri by boat and vehicle, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the scenery and the rewarding two day experience.

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