The following is an itinerary example of your Doubtful Sound Sea Kayak Journey. All transport from Te Anau and equipment is provided.
Tour reporting time at our office in Te Anau is at 6.30am, parking is available at our office for the day.
Meet at the Tracknet office
(Our office is located at the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park, 77 Manapouri-Te Anau Highway, Te Anau) teanauholidaypark.co.nz/
We will transfer you by bus to Pearl Harbour, Manapouri in 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 to change into wetsuits before traveling 22 km by coach over the Wilmot Pass Road (670 metres above sea level). Stops along the way allow you to take in the many spectacular views including views of the Sound as we descend to Deep Cove. Once at Deep Cove, it is time to paddle Doubtful Sound!
Clean paddling and safety gear is supplied and includes: long john wet suits, paddle-jackets, polypropylene clothing, hats, pogies (gloves), 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 given (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.