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Guided Kayaking Tour on Doubtful Sound - Full Day

Doubtful Sound, departing Manapouri - Show on map
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For 1 person
1 Day
$259 each
$259 each

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  • Enchanting three hour kayak tour on Doubtful Sound
  • Includes a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a bus ride
  • Explore small coves and islands and look out for marine life

Find yourself in a serene and otherworldly landscape during this magical kayak tour on Doubtful Sound. Begin with a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach ride over Wilmot Pass, before paddling into this striking fiord, exploring Deep Cove, Rolla Island and Olphert Cove.

What's Included?

  • Three hour kayaking tour on Doubtful Sound
  • Return one hour cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Return 45 minute coach ride over Wilmot Pass
  • Full safety and paddling technique briefing
  • Kayaking and safety equipment
  • Friendly expert guides
  • Dry bags for camera and clothing
  • Hot drinks

Spanning a staggering 40km from the head to the Tasman Sea, Doubtful Sound is the deepest fiord in the country and its beauty is unprecedented. Experience its magical physical presence during this full day tour from Manapouri. Your adventure begins with a one hour cruise across Lake Manapouri, followed by a 45 minute bus ride over the Wilmot Pass and down the other side to Deep Cove. After a thorough safety and paddling technique briefing, you'll head out into the expansive waters for three hours. Find solace as you glide along, with nothing but gentle birdsong and cascading waterfalls to break the silence. Visit Deep Cove, Rolla Island and Olphert Cove during your travels, and look out for dolphins or penguins who may make an appearance. Paddle back to base and reflect on your unmatched adventure on the bus and boat ride home.

Session Length

  • Please allow a full day for this experience. Departs daily at 7am and returns at 3:15pm
  • There will be approximately three hours of kayaking
  • This is a seasonal experience, available from 26th December to 28th February


This is a seasonal experience, available from 26th December to 28th February.


  • The minimum age is 16 years
  • Competence in the water and a moderate level of fitness is required
  • Lunch is not included, please pack lunch and snacks


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.

Numbers on the Day

Maximum of eight participants per guide, with up to seven guides available.


In the event of rain or inclement weather, this experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider. If kayaking is not possible due to the weather, the provider may substitute it for a three hour inner fiord cruise experience.

Dress Code

Please wear swimwear beneath warm clothes on arrival to go under your wetsuit, soft shoes or sandals for kayaking, warm socks, sun protection and bring a change of clothes and a towel. Thermal tops and leggings are provided.

This experience takes place on Doubtful Sound, departing Manapouri.

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