Kayak Doubtful Overnighter Tour from Manapouri
Don't just go along, go beyond! Experienced a night on Doubtful sound! Book the Kayak Doubtful Overnighter tour. Rates as low as $439 NZD per person. Rates: • 5 hours: From $439 NZD per person What You Can Expect: This two day adventure connects you with nature in the spectacular wilderness of Doubtful Sound. There is no TV, no phones and no internet. Just you, your small group and your kayaks. Your itinerary is flexible and route dictated by the weather and your desire to explore. With around 5 hours of kayaking each day, you’ll get to truly appreciate the expanse and primordial beauty of the Fiord. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will make sure you see the best of Fiordland. As you explore this wilderness, its hidden waterways and secluded islands, look out for the locals – seals, dolphins and penguins. If you’re lucky, you might even find yourself paddling in the company of dolphins! In the evening you’ll camp amidst the forest next to a fresh water stream in Hall Arm. Relax along the shore as the long southern twilight descends in the fiord. Bring your own food – we’ll supply hot drinks and swap stories with your fellow travelers. And as night descends, lie on the beach and spend some time star gazing. The next morning, you’ll explore more of the fiord before heading back under sail (weather permitting) by early afternoon. • Includes cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass • Small groups – maximum of 8 people per guide • High quality sea kayaking and camping gear - view the full list of what we provide • Experienced kayak guides – who carry all the safety and emergency equipment, make all safety decisions, provide helpful paddling instruction, comprehensive safety briefing and tell you about Doubtful Sound • Competence in water and moderate fitness required • Minimum age 16 years • No paddling experience needed although drive, a can-do attitude and positive outlook help • Complimentary coach transfers available from Te Anau (FREE pick-ups from most accommodation) Itinerary Day 1 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 2 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. What to bring? Fiordland National Park is a massive wilderness area of rugged snow-capped peaks and luxuriant rainforest. It’s one of the wettest places in the world with high annual rainfall and waterfalls that cascade into the deep fiords. Kayaking within this world heritage area is unbeatable - but often encounters a huge variety of weather. With this in mind, we’ve prepared the following list so you’re ready, whatever the weather. • Swimsuit or underwear (for wearing under wetsuit) • Plastic bag for wet gear • Shorts • Soft shoes or sandals (note they will get wet) • Warm socks • Towel • Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellant • Camera (disposable or waterproof) • Water bottle • Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking • Next to skin layer (polyprop or wool) • Warm tops, Long trousers or track pants & Underwear • Shoes for campsite • Waterproof jacket & Rain trousers (if available) • Warm hat • Sleeping bag (available to hire) • Torch / Flashlight • Toilet gear • Personal medication • Spare plastic bags (ziplock) • Food (Te Anau has two good supermarkets which stay open late) What we provide? • Thermal top and leggings, Fleece top, hat & Pogies (paddling gloves) • Long john wetsuit (Doubtful Sound) • Paddle jacket & Spray deck • Life jacket (buoyancy vest) • Dry bags (for your clothing and camera) • Map • Double kayaks / paddles • Group safety and emergency gear • Hot drinks • One or two person tents • Thermarests • Gas cookers (food needs to be quick to cook) • Pots / cooking utensils • Plate, cup and utensils • Chairs • Communal shelter (insect proof) 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 and 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 If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 2 guests
- Boards & Paddles
The most important thing you should know about us is... We are passionate about showcasing our backyard by offering genuine 'Kiwi' adventures with personality and value.Our mission is to deliver safe adventures with fun, personality and pride, creating a unique personal experience. We promise to provide a rewarding, stimulating and satisfying environment for all employees, whilst making it a fun, motivating place to work. Safety is at the heart of what we do and we will not put people in situations where safety is compromised. With a reliance on our natural environment we seek to be respectful of our natural environment and be as eco-friendly as possible.To always be aware that customer staff safety and a respect for the environment influences every decision we make. The team are excited to be part of the changing landscape in the Adventure Tourism Industry with new safety regulations coming into force and are a fully credited Adventure Activity Operator (AAO) having passed our audit by Worksafe New Zealand (valid Nov 2014 - Nov 2017). We are passionate and committed to kayaking, boating, safety and the environment. Most of all we are looking forward to showcasing our spectacular region and having some summer-time fun!
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
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. Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. We cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety. We 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. Departure Locations • Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri • Te Anau (or pick ups from a selection of accommodation in Te Anau)