This one-day kayaking excursion is a magical way to experience the stillness of Doubtful Sound and to appreciate the scale of the surrounding mountains. With helicopter flights to and from Deep Cove you are transported straight into the heart of this remote area of Fiordland. Explore the sheltered coves and shorelines of Doubtful Sound by kayak with your tour guide and at the end of your adventure you will be transferred back to Deep Cove by boat, ready to experience Fiordland by air as you return to Te Anau. A gourmet picnic lunch is included and all kayaking gear.
Itinerary: ***9.45am departure from Fiordland Lodge, arriving at Deep Cove at 10am followed by a 1.5-hour morning kayak. Gourmet Picnic Lunch provided onboard the safety vessel and then a 2.5-hour afternoon kayak with a 30-minute cruise back to Deep Cove. Depart Deep Cove at 3pm for your scenic flight back to Fiordland Lodge arriving at approximately 3.30pm (Please note other timetables may be available)*** #Fly / kayak / Fly (alternative departure times also available)
NB: As the kayak cockpit is a fixed size, to ensure customers will “fit” into our kayaks we must impose a weight limit of 115kg. Children 14 years minimum age – children must have kayaked some distance before. Each child must be traveling with a strong adult (as they will be in a double kayak with parent) and be at least 1.4 meters tall and at least 45 kg in weight. With the private charter and customers flying in we are pretty flexible with times but often the mornings are the best time in terms of wind strength. Departing from Deep Cove between 9.00am and 1.00pm are preferable. The kayak is in one direction and the boat trip back is around 30 minutes.
What to bring: Bring a warm, waterproof jacket, comfortable soft shoes, warm socks, swimwear for under wetsuit (provided), towel, insect repellent. Camera at own risk. Water bottle and a set of dry clothes.
Price: $9,408 based on 1-6 people. Includes all transfers, nature guide for the day, picnic lunches.