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Doubtful Sound Overnighter

Doubtful Sound is a vast, untouched wilderness. Three times longer than Milford Sound, it has a sea surface area roughly ten times larger due to its longer length and many side arms.

Our 2-day kayak trips are all about allowing yourself some quality time to experience a personal adventure; a sea kayaking and camping trip in a remote environment that epitomises what Fiordland wilderness is all about – and of course, having fun along the way!

Each day involves approximately five hours of kayaking amidst towering cliffs, waterfalls and lush rain forest. There are wonderful secluded waterways and islands to explore. Penguins, seals and dolphins are sometimes encountered and bird song breaks the silence as we paddle the shoreline.

In the evening, we camp amidst the forest with fresh water nearby. Relaxing by the water’s edge is a special place as dusk descends.

  • Travelling to Doubtful Sound involves crossing beautiful Lake Manapouri by launch and over Wilmot Pass by coach/van
  • Small groups – maximum of 8 people per guide
  • Experienced kayak guides – who carry all the safety and emergency equipment, make all safety decisions, provide helpful paddling instruction, comprehensive safety briefing and tell you about Doubtful Sound
  • Te Anau coach connections included (pick ups from most accommodation)
Minimum requirements
  • No paddling experience needed although drive, a can-do attitude and positive outlook all assist.
  • Competence in water and moderate fitness required
  • Kayakers supply own food (hot drinks provided)
  • Minimum age 16 years
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Customer Comments

 …Overnight sea kayaking to Doubtful Sound.  Had to supply own food.  Good fun, well organised, informative, challenging but fine for a fit beginner.  Was with a good bunch of people. 8/10
Pete & Pat, England (Feb 2012)via Rankers
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Sea Kayak Fiordland also operates sea kayaking trips in Milford Sound and Dusky Sound.

Doubtful Sound Overnighter – from Te Anau / Manapouri
Season: Mid Oct *- mid Apr, daily departures
Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Prices from: $399 adult
11 Oct* 2014 – 31 Oct 2023
Departs: 6.15am from Te Anau / 6.45am from Manapouri
Prices from: $399 adult
1 Nov 2023 – 20 Apr 2023
Departs: 6.15am from Te Anau / 6.45am from Manapouri
Prices from: $399 adult
13 Oct** 2015 – 31 Oct 2023
Departs: 6.15am from Te Anau / 6.45am from Manapouri
Prices from: $399 adult
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Please note:

  • * From 11 Oct – 31 Oct 2014, trips depart Monday, Thursday and Saturday only. Thereafter trips depart daily
  • ** From 13 Oct – 31 Oct 2015, trips depart Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only. Thereafter trips depart daily
  • All departures are subject to weather and minimum numbers
  • Please phone by 5pm the day prior to departure to confirm pick up place /time and advise your height / weight (wetsuit sizing)
  • No departures on Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Minimum age 16 years

Sea Kayak Fiordland is owned by Real Journeys Ltd.