Kayak Doubtful Sound

Join us on this full-day adventure in Doubtful Sound.  A great way to explore part of this vast wilderness area and fiord deep in Fiordland National Park. You'll begin your trip with a cruise across stunning Lake Manapouri, then travel by coach over the Wilmot Pass and down the other side to Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound.
With an experienced guide and small group of kayakers, you’ll get a taste of Doubtful Sound and all it can offer with 3 hours of paddling out on the fiord exploring Deep Cove, Rolla Island and over to Olphert Cove and return. 

  • Includes cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass
  • Personable and experienced guides
  • Maximum capacity of 8 kayakers per guide
  • Experienced kayak guides (carry group safety and emergency equipment)
  • Comprehensive safety and paddling techniques briefing provided

No Departures Currently Scheduled for the 2022/2023 season.

Departure Location

  • RealNZ Visitor Centre, 64 Waiau Street, Pearl Harbour, Manapouri

What To Bring

  • Swimsuit or underwear
  • Plastic bag for wet gear
  • Shorts
  • Soft shoes or sandals (note they will get wet)
  • Warm socks
  • Towel
  • Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellant
  • Camera (disposable or waterproof)
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking
  • Lunch: Bring your own lunch and easy snacks to eat on the go

We Provide

  • Thermal top and leggings
  • Wetsuit vest
  • Fleece top & Hat
  • Paddle jacket & Pogies (paddling gloves)
  • Life jacket (buoyancy vest) & Spray deck
  • Dry bags (for your clothing and camera)
  • Map
  • Double kayaks/paddles
  • Group safety and emergency gear

What to Wear When Kayaking

Please wear your swimsuit or kayaking underwear layer beneath warm clothes/waterproof jacket on pick-up (makes changing into paddling gear easier and quicker). The best way to carry your other gear to the launch point is in a backpack.

Safety & Risk

Sea kayaking has inherent risks and can be dangerous. In Fiordland, they are characterised by: remoteness, rapidly changing and sometimes extreme weather and water conditions, cold water and limited kayaking landing sites.

Detailed risk management and strict safety procedures are observed, however, there still remains an element of risk. RealNZ cannot absolutely guarantee participants safety. RealNZ accepts its legal responsibilities but cannot be held responsible for personal injury or for loss, theft or damage of/to your equipment outside legal responsibilities. Participants will be required to sign a liability form to this effect before starting a tour.

Changing conditions can mean that tours have to be modified. No two tours are the same. It is very rare but weather could delay your scheduled return by up to 24 hours e.g. road closures or weather conditions preventing kayaking. Clients on guided tours must listen carefully to and follow guides' instructions and adhere to safety requirements. Our reputation depends on your safety – we give it top priority and take it seriously.

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