Our two hour drive up from Te Anau wasn't as grim as you might fear, with stunning views and nuggets of info from the mic'd-up driver.
The pre-paddle info was more detailed than some we've experienced and plenty welcome for newbies or those (like us) with limited experience. The weather was cool, to say the least, there was still snow on the higher peaks and it rained on and off all day, though thankfully there was no wind and the sound was flat-calm.
The supplied clothing - base layers, neorprene vests, fleeces, fleece hats and rainjackets - kept everyone comfortable. The veggie packed lunch was generous too.
Our guide Tobias, aka 'Bob' had plenty of info and advice with an easy rapport with the three double kayaks he was guiding.
On the drive back to Te Anau, we stopped at some beautiful locations to snap Kias, enjoy another hot brew up and take part in the Milford Olympics. All in all, a grand day out.More