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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.
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!
This is a seasonal experience, available from 26th December to 28th February.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.
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.
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.
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.