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Overnight Guided Kayaking Tour on Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound, departing Manapouri - Show on map
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For 1 person
2 Days
$399 each
$399 each

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  • Explore the wilderness of Doubtful Sound for two days
  • Kayak for up to five hours a day visiting secret coves and islands
  • Camp amidst the forest by a freshwater stream

Immerse yourself in the spectacular wilderness of Doubtful Sound on this two day adventure. Absorb the enormity and primordial beauty of the fiord as you kayak for up to five hours a day, uncovering hidden coves, islands and local wildlife. Camp amidst the forest by a running stream for the night.

What's Included?

  • Overnight kayaking adventure on Doubtful Sound
  • Return one hour cruise across Lake Manapouri
  • Return 45 minute coach ride over Wilmot Pass
  • High quality kayaking and camping equipment
  • Full safety briefing
  • Friendly and expert guides
  • Thermal top and leggings, fleece top, hat and paddling gloves
  • One or two person tent, chairs, cooking utensils, gas cooker
  • Communal shelter (insect proof)
  • Dry bags

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 overnight adventure from Manapouri. Your getaway 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 up to five hours, working your way to the campsite. 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 local seals, dolphins and penguins that pop by.

In the evening, you'll camp under the stars next to a freshwater stream, enveloped by lush forest in Hall Arm. Chill out by the shoreline as the sun begins to set, illuminating the fiord with vibrant colours. Hot drinks are provided as you tell tales and swap stories with your fellow travellers. As the sky fills with stars, lie on the beach and soak up the serenity before switching off for the night. The next morning sees you paddling for a few more hours back to the starting point, where you'll hop back on the coach and boat ride home. Kayaking has never looked so zen!

Session Length

  • This experience is two days and one night in duration
  • Departs at 7am and returns at 2:30pm the following day
  • There will be approximately 4-5 hours of kayaking each day
  • 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
  • Food is not included. Please bring your own breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • An extensive list of what to bring will be provided upon booking


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 all the necessary toiletries. Thermal tops and leggings are provided.

Other Info

Please phone the experience provider by 5pm the day prior to your departure to reconfirm all details, including pick up point and time. Please bring your own lunch, or pre-order with the experience provider for an additional cost, payable on the day. Hot drinks and a small snack are provided.

This experience takes place on Doubtful Sound, departing Manapouri.

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