Off Spring’s “One Day” Doubtful Sound Kayak Tours are designed to maximise the distance you travel and the time you spend on the water exploring Doubtful Sound, our water taxi from the conclusion of your journey means you do not paddle back to the head of Doubtful Sound.
Suitable for adults of all ages.
For a unique experience Kayak Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National park. Forget about the crowds, leave your cell phone behind and join us for a small group, personalised kayaking tour packed with adventure and scenery all the way!
Don’t just see the fiord, experience it personally at water level in a sea kayak!
Key Points of Difference:
Why Choose to Kayak Doubtful Sound?
Doubtful Sound is many times larger than Milford Sound.
Milford Sound measures 16km in length – your Doubtful Sound kayak is 15km so a comparable distance. When kayaking in Doubtful Sound there is not as much “boat” traffic to disrupt your wilderness experience.
Space is limited to just 10 passengers per journey and so we suggest you make your booking right now to avoid disappointment.
Tour reporting time at our office in Te Anau is no later than 6.50am, parking is available at our office for the day. We then transfer you to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri with our mini coach to the awaiting vessel.
Your journey is packed with adventure and scenery all the way.
Start with a 30 km cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm at the head of the lake. Lake Manapouri is a very beautiful lake with its many wooded islands, coves, sandy beaches and mountainous surround.
Stopover at the informative West Arm Visitor Centre before traveling 22 km by coach over the Wilmot Pass Road. Stops along the way allow you to take in the many spectacular views including a view of the Sound (weather permitting) 670 mts above sea level before descending to Deep Cove. Once at Deep Cove, it is time to gear up to paddle Doubtful Sound by Kayak.
Clean paddling and safety gear is supplied and includes: long john wet suits, paddle-jackets, polypropylene clothing, hats, pogies, life-vests, spray skirts and camera bags.
Paddle in modern, stable double sea- kayaks all fully equipped with steering rudders. Before you set out on the water, comprehensive safety and paddling briefings are provided (support is ongoing from the guides throughout the tour). Information and interpretation on local history, flora, and fauna is provided throughout the day.
As you paddle this remote fiord you will enjoy and experience awesome views of towering mountains and ice carved valleys with rain-forests clinging precariously on the steep sides. Waterfalls tumble down over the mountainsides (even more dramatic after or during heavy rain!).
‘Listen’ to the ‘sounds of silence’ and nature as you paddle in this landscape created by ice of many ages gone by.
Under towering Commander Peak, at the entrance to Hall Arm take time out for a lunch break (note; lunch is not provided – please bring food that can be eaten easily) with a complimentary cuppa. Feel the ever changing atmosphere and surroundings permeate into your being – take time to gather your thoughts and reflect on what really matters in life…
After refreshments continue your paddle into Hall Arm – the most sheltered scenic and safe part of the fiord to continue your kayaking adventure. Explore the sheltered coves and shorelines – get really close to Nature. Your paddling adventure concludes deep in Hall Arm in solitude with awesome views of Mt. Danae towering to 1500 metres above you. Enjoy magnificent views of the valley beyond.
Explore a spectacular landscape created by ice of many ages gone by – at water level it is an overwhelming experience!!!
At approximately 2.45 pm, our vessel will pick you up from the end of your paddle and begin the return cruise back to Deep Cove. Time to leave this land that time forgot and that we have been privileged to visit and return back across the pass for the relaxing return cruise back down the lake to civilization at Manapouri.
Return time back to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri is 5.15 pm and Te Anau 5.30pm.
We cater for small groups (no more than 10 people) providing a personal experience with many personal comforts. Your friendly skipper/host and kayak guide will ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable experience that you will treasure for a lifetime.
Note regarding weather: Route may vary due to conditions at the time of the tour. Fiordland is a very high rainfall area – we seldom cancel tours due to rain – the rainy days are the some of the most spectacular with mountain mist and a profusion of waterfalls everywhere. Our main concern regarding the weather is strong wind forecasts for the coastal area that can on occasion cause cancellation of tours.
** Important notes for your Doubtful Sound Kayak**
As the kayak cockpit is a fixed size, to ensure “fit” into our kayaks we must impose a weight limit of 115kg. HOWEVER Kayakers who are wider at the hips or who have long legs please call and speak with us to discuss if it will be practical to fit into a kayak.
Children 14 years minimum age – children must have kayaked some distance before. Each child must be traveling with a strong adult (as they will be in a double kayak with parent) and be at least 1.4 metres plus tall and plus at least 45 kg in weight.