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Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We booked this trip a few months ago, coming form the UK. Unfortunately the weather was not what we expected, as it was rainy and cold "ish"... but OMG, as Blake, our guide said, rain means one thing...more waterfalls!!! And I swear I've never seen so many in my life, all sizes and shapes... The overnight stay was fantastically organised, we shared the time over dinner with story telling and all sorts. The tents and sleeping bags, as the mats, were all of really good quality and allowed us to spend a night dry and warm!!! The next day (today) the weather was a bit calmer and we did a long kayaking back to base. All round a fantastic trip. Thank you to Blake and Keith (second guide)
I would strongly recommend this trip!!!! PS: We don't have photos available yet, but they'll be posted later....

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank MercedesF_12
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

We're happy to hear the rain didn't effect your experience and that you appreciated the spectacular waterfalls that wouldn't be there without it! We aim to offer a high level of customer service to make it more laid back for you on the trip. The campsite in the evening is a great way to wind down, enjoying food and sharing stories with the rest of the group. We look forward to seeing your beautiful photos and we will pass on the awesome feedback to our guides :)

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Reviewed 16 December 2016

The day trip Kayaking in the Doubtful Sound was great.
The sound is really beautiful also when it rains or even more because of the waterfalls.
We got a warm clothing so even it was rainig we had warm all the time.
The guide was very friendly and had a lot of informations for us.
He did it very good. Thank you to John.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank sereinapg01
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thanks for the fantastic review! We're happy to hear you appreciated the rain forest setting due to its spectacular added waterfalls. Kayaking around the sound is the most adventurous way to experience it and it sounds like our guides lived up to their enthusiastic reputation :)

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Reviewed 12 December 2016

The Kayak Doubtful Daytour was amazing. The guid was really nice and as they provided warm clothing we could enjoy the rain.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Kathi K
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you for the lovely review Kathi! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with our company around the spectacular Doubtful Sound. Our guides have an excellent reputation for their passion around the sound. Doubtful Sound is known for being favoured due to its rain forest setting, as this creates breath taking waterfalls that wouldn't be there otherwise :)

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

We booked Kayaking Milford Magic ex Te Anau and were picked up at our hostel YHA Te Anau in the morning. We went by bus all the way up to Milford sound and started our excursion by kayak. We were extremely lucky as the weather was great and the sun was shining pretty much all day. We got up close and personal with some rare penguins who were playing/hunting for prey, saw a seal from afar and experienced some high waves as we got passed by a big cruise boat.

The cruise itself was pleasant but one thing they could've made clear was the extreme amount of food you would get on this trip as we chose to add a picnic to our booking AND we also received free fish and chips on the cruise. Only one or the other is really needed! On the cruise we got to see some more penguins, some basking seals on the shore line and also a few bottlenose dolphins playing in the water.

On our way back to Te Anau we stopped on some different locations to take some amazing pictures and also to say hi to the local wild life in the form of three cheeky kea's waiting on curious people just outside of the tunnel.

All in all a great day!

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Robin H
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thanks for the fantastic review Robin! The Milford Magic is the best way to experience the best of both worlds out of the sound, as you go all the way out to the Tasman sea on the cruise whilst sitting back and relaxing, as well as experiencing it from a more adventurous and physical perspective. It's always lucky when the weather lives up to your expectations, with encountering the spectacular wildlife that Milford has to offer taking in to a whole new level. In true kiwi style we don't like our customers to go hungry, most people want the energy for kayaking and have worked up an appetite for our famous fish and chips on the cruise (although some people opt to save the picnic lunch for the journey back). There are endless photo opportunities throughout the trip, allowing you to share the beautiful memories with the rest of the world :)

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Reviewed 23 November 2016

My husband and I went to the overnight doubtful sound Kayak and had an amazing time. We had an exciting afternoon of kayaking, followed by a pleasant evening of hot chocolate, dinner and stories. We got to see some stunning cliff faces in Hall Arm.
Mop and Blythe were wonderful guides and kept the trip going at a great pace despite the rainy (but waterfall filled) weather. They have a wealth of knowledge about NZ wildlife. We also really enjoyed the boat ride on lake Manipouri.
Would definitely recommend the trip over a Milford sound day trip for those more outdoor inclined. We will definitely remember this for the rest of out lives!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Anjali B
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GoOrangeNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Go Orange Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thanks for the sweet as review Anjali! We're happy to hear you had a brilliant time on our most adventurous trip! It sounds like you had an amazing time from start to finish, with an active day of paddling followed by a relaxing evening winding down. The Hall of Arms is absolutely breath taking and our guides are still as passionate about it today as they were on their first trip to the sound. The sound is based in a rain forest so it is known to be favoured throughout these climates, with spectacular waterfalls to be experienced. The boat ride across from Manapouri is an experience in itself and it is completely unique from what Milford Sound has to offer as it is 10 times the size and much more peaceful :)

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