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Reviewed 30 November 2012

I paddled Doubtful sound with Fiordland Wilderness Adventures on their two day trip. A kayak is a pretty special way to see such a beautiful place. From the top of the Wilmont pass the view down into the fiord we were about to kayak was stunning, later on, there we were on the water taking in the view from the water. Doubtful sound is far quieter than Milford sound due to it's remote location so there was very little 'human' noise to detract from the exprience. On top of Doubful's scenic beauty we were lucky enough to see Fiordland Crested Penguins and a dolphin and her calf! Kayaking along with just the splash of paddles hitting the water and two dolphins coming up to take a breath isnt a sound or sight Im likely to forget. Our guide was informative and a cheerful, the tents provided were good quality and the sanfly shelter at our camp was a godsend! This trip is ideal for people who like the outdoors and dont mind pitching tents, using thermarests and long drop toilets. If you are a 5 star feather bed type you might not cope with the accomodations or making your own bed and dinner but you are going to miss out on something quite special!

Date of experience: November 2012
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thanks for the fantastic review. It's certainly the most adventurous and peaceful way to see the fiord. The journey from Manapouri to Doubtful is an experience in itself, followed by immersing yourself in the peacefulness of Doubtful. You were very lucky to discover the unique and rare wildlife that is out there. There is nothing more therapeutic than paddle strokes hitting the water at your own pace with dolphins topping the bucket list of dreams. The guides love what they do making their enthusiasm shine through, offering a wealth of knowledge. It's a trip for true adventurers, in true kiwi style.

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Reviewed 11 November 2012

Experiencing the Milford Sound from a small kayak makes you feel real small, but it's a very rewarding experience and is simply the way to see Milford Sound if you're not afraid of the water! Our guide, Luke, could not have been better, he shared a wealth of knowledge throughout the tour, gave a good safety briefing before we started and showed us lots of interesting places along the way. Good value for money even though you don't really kayak over very long distances. If we ever come back to Fiordland we would definitely go for one of their longer tours!

Date of experience: November 2012
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you for the lovely review. It's the ultimate way of seeing the fiord on a physical level and our guides and equipment can ensure everyone feels safe and relaxed. Our guides are passionate about what they do making the information and enthusiasm come natural to them. We're happy to hear you found it to be great value and its safe to say the overnight kayaking trip is completely unique.

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Reviewed 7 June 2012

We had 7 fantastic days on the Milford Wanderer, cruising in and around all the Sounds,from Doubtful, south to Preservatation Inlet. Fiordland turned on the rain for 6 days, but this just made the views more moody. Real Journeys provide a very knowlegable and helpful, nature and history guide. The exact itinery is not given as every sailing, anchorage, and on shore activity is weather dependent. We ate far too much food, with every meal being 2 courses, prepared and cooked by the chef. The 6 crew members catered for our every need with attention to detail and friendliness--even getting me a hot water bottle when I was out on deck with sea-sickness. You need to go with good wet weather gear & gumboots. Insect repellent would be a must if its not raining and some sea sick medication (about 80% of our group of 31 on board were sick on the first day at sea). We were taken ashore 5 of the days, by tender, for walks with an informative history lesson from the guide. Due to the weather there was only one opportunity for kayaking. Evening entertainment was usually a slide show by the crew, of the local area, with an update for Plan A and Plan B, for the next day! Chopper ride out was a great adrenalin rush!! Cabin had very narrow twin beds & we shared bathroom with 2 other couples.

Date of experience: May 2012
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. We're happy to hear you appreciated the beauty of Milford in its natural state. The trips are tailored to each experience which as you understand is essential for such a diverse setting. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge and it would be rare for a thought to be left unanswered by the end. The food is one of the highlights of the experience, with no passenger being left hungry at any point. The staff love what they do making it easy to go that extra mile with making sure you are having the best experience possible. It's still fantastic that you were able to kayak for a portion of the trip, this really adds a sense of adventure that you won't forget.

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Reviewed 13 May 2012

Had a magnificent day out on Milford. Great & laid back guides Mike & Matt were excellent & made it it a real highlight of my trip. Very informative, the scenery is awesome as eh bro! Sensational day, these guys have the perfect formate & style. Well done guys!

Date of experience: April 2012
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you for the brilliant review. Our guides are always full of enthusiasm and offer a kiwi style to the experience. They have a wealth of knowledge to share on the fiord and the scenery is breath taking. We aim to please and we're happy you had a rip roaring time.

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

We had a nice paddle despite the bad weather. Great guide and the company does a good job providing you with the clothes necessary to stay comfortable. I agree with the other reviewer that you should come prepared for the sandflies as they were quite vicious!

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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review. The climate at Milford can be very diverse and as its in a rain forest this is often expected. Our guides are passionate about what they do making their enthusiasm come natural to every trip. Note to all kayakers: sandfly spray is an essential!!!

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