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Address: 77 Manapouri | Te Anau Highway, Manapouri 9600, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-249 7777
06:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Doubtful Sound Kayak Full Day Tour is designed to maximise the time spent...

Doubtful Sound Kayak Full Day Tour is designed to maximise the time spent on the water of Doubtful Sound. Kayak with us and experience Doubtful Sound from Sea Level during your 4 hour Kayak from Deep Cove at the head of Doubtful Sound, followed by return water taxi

Your Doubtful Sound Kayak Adventure is the longest kayaking day tour of Doubtful Sound. During your 4 hour paddle you will journey up to 15km* into Doubtful Sound following Hall Arm, “The Sound of Silence”.

We are a local company showing Doubtful Sound to 10 guests per adventure. This ensures a personal experience is provided by your Kayak Nature Guide.

Meet us in Te Anau or Manapouri. Car parking is available in Te Anau at our office. Your Doubtful Sound Journey includes a coach from Te Anau, relaxing cruise on Lake Manapouri and transport over spectacular Wilmot Pass into Deep Cove.

Launch your kayak into Doubtful Sound at Deep Cove. Wildlife encounters may include Dolphins, Seals or Penguins. Your return to Deep Cove is via Water Taxi Cruise

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Lake Manapouri for Explorers!

We rented a kayak from Jo for 4 days. The lake is amazing - freedom camp on the countless beaches and islands, go for a swim, make driftwood fires. Even though we were there in... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

We rented a kayak from Jo for 4 days. The lake is amazing - freedom camp on the countless beaches and islands, go for a swim, make driftwood fires. Even though we were there in peak season, we had every beach to ourselves. Monument rock and waterfall tracks were very rewarding trips off the beaches. Jo made sure we got... More 

Thank Felix L
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

My wife and I went on a full day kayak tour in Doubtful Sound (which is actually a fiord) and we really loved the tour. Not only the nature around us was simply breathtaking, our experienced guide Cloudi helped us appreciate more by narrating with historical and background information. Cloudi also was extremely helpful with ensuring that we navigate the... More 

Thank Andrey G
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

I'd definitely recommend Fiordland Adventures - really one of the most genuine companies I experienced while in New Zealand. Our trip - a full day in Doubtful Sound - was fantastic. It really was one of my favourite moments in New Zealand. Doubtful Sound is much more peaceful than Milford sound - we saw only one boat and one other... More 

Thank sg421
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

The weather was unkind but we still had a wonderful experience. If you really want special treatment take one of Fiordland Adventures' small boats. Maximum 16 Beth's but normally around 10 or in our case just the two of us. Victor, the skipper; Torin, the chef and Jordan the diver made the whole trip. Victor found penguins, dolphins and caught... More 

Thank SkierLondon
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Had an awesome experience kayaking Doubtful Sound. I was with a full group of 10 but we were the only ones in the sound. Our guide was very friendly and fun, but also let everyone have their own experience...letting people venture a bit am away from the group if they wanted. I can't compare it to Milford, but imagine it's... More 

Thank BRx3
Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We took a full day kayak trip with Adventure Kayak and Cruise and it was amazing from start to finish! It really was one of the highlights of our month in New Zealand and we would recommend this trip for sure.

Thank vdhondt
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Reviewed 28 April 2016

We managed to sneak in to the last kayak tour for the season as it was very late in April. We had a small group of 6 and the team Cloudi, Jo and Reg was amazing and attentive. It was our first time kayaking and Cloudi was a very patient instructor and we felt very safe in the environment. We... More 

Thank Raymond W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great trip from start to finish. Lovely welcome from Jo, excellent guide in Cloudi, and great lunchtime banter from Reg. All double kayaks and gear was great. Claudi was very informative and clearly makes a real effort to get to know his groups. Excellent knowledge on all things from dolphins and ecosystems to car journey games. Logistically it's pretty tricky... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2016

If you want a "tourist" experience go to Milford Sound and hop in a giant boat with 200 other tourists. If you want a real experience go to Doubtful Sound in a Kayak. We went as two couples in a wider group of 10 with Adventure Kayak & Cruise guided by Cloudi. Great day out close to nature. Cloudi is... More 

Thank Michael B
Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

Large ships with "crowds" of people gave a funfair feeling instead of impressive nature interesting underwater project though

Thank Hanna V

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