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Getting up close and personal in Doubtful Sound

Absolutely amazing experience, kayaking in the gorgeous Doubtful Sound. Our wonderful tour guide... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2021
Auckland, New Zealand
Incredible experience with a great guide

We were extremely lucky to have amazing calm, cloudy weather on our trip into doubtful sound... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

Had a great day trip kayaking in doubtful sounds with go orange. Both our guides were a wealth of information (really improved our weather system knowledge) which made the trip more interesting. Unforgettable experience kayaking for 3 hours in a serene peaceful setting getting close to some waterfalls and the incredible scenery. We felt very safe with our guide - especially as the weather changes dramatically in the short time we were there. Our only regret was that we were not there kayaking longer ! (We also experienced snow in spring!)

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank darshnis2015
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

We went Kayaking with Go Orange in March of 2018 on our trip to NZ. It was a wonderful experience beginning early in the morning and we were looked after competently and superbly by Orange (who also were able to return wet gear that I left behind when packing up). We had a blissful time kayaking in the Sound which is a tranquil and beautiful place. Robbie was a mine of information and a super guide. Highly recommended. Helen and Jane (Ireland).

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank helen f
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Years ago I did a boat cruise through Milford Sounds which was fantastic, but lots of people kept telling me that Doubtful Sounds was so much better and a lot quieter. On my second trip back to New Zealand I decided to kayak Doubtful to make it a little more exciting. The i-site recommend Go Orange as a great company to go with.

After a lot of debating I decided to just go for the one day option rather than the overnight stay, purely because I was only in New Zealand for two weeks so was very limited on my time.

The instructors picked me up from my hostel promptly. Whilst it takes a long time to get to the sounds (car, ferry, bus) it flies by because the instructors are really friendly and easy to talk to and we had a guide on the bus describing features as we drove along.

In the kayaks I shared a boat with the instructor and there were two couples in two other kayaks, which was a really nice group size. We didn't see any other people so it was so lovely and peaceful. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and pointed out lots of exciting things like a penguin!

I had such a brilliant time and would highly recommend them.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank rachaelh350
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

We were really looking forward to this, being out in such a beautiful place just a few Kayaks. It was a bit of a bumpy start, as one couple capsized 5 minutes after getting on the sea. It was super calm, so who knows how they did it but our guide Ollie handled it well. I have to say it was pretty obvious they were novices so I think the Go Orange office should have quizzed them more before taking the booking but unfortunately after an hour it was obvious the girlfriend was scared and miserable, so Ollie took the smart decision to take them back before we ended up in a more difficult situation. Luckily it was decided that after dropping them at base we could head back out and get to camp that night. It was a really long day paddling with the extra 2 hours and by the end we were knackered but conditions were good and the scenery was stunning. There aren’t so many boats on Doubtful, so it feels a bit more untouched.
The camp was pretty nice, sand flies excepted. Would highly recommend a head net, gloves and basically keeping everything covered. Yeah there is an insect shelter but inevitably a few get in and bite you but it’s definitely helpful for dinner. Having to pitch your tent and pack it again in the morning is a bit of a pain to be honest and I wasn’t super impressed with the sleeping mats as you are lying on stony ground and they only half stop that feeling. The toilet was kept pretty clean but the vent holes were not netted, so it was fairly full of bugs. We aren’t big campers to be fair and those who were seemed more relaxed. It really is a beautiful spot to spend the night though, with a nice little river to wash in.
The second day we were aching a little but we managed to go around one of the island and land on a beautiful beach. It was another great day’s paddling and overall a memorable trip.
It’s definitely not a trip for beginner kayakers (my wife had only done it about 6 times before but was confident) and you have to be reasonably fit and happy to do a bit of work with packing and unpacking but I guess you wouldn’t be considering this kind of thing if you weren’t.
Our guide Ollie was a nice guy who clearly loved what he did and the equipment all seemed in good condition. Would recommend this trip and Go Orange.
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Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank JonnyC000
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

We couldn't have had a better day on the Sound. Glassy-smooth water, slightly overcast so the sun wasn't too fierce. Pretty cold, but the four (or was it five?) layers of thermals/fleece/wetsuit vest/PFD and jacket kept us warm.

Matt was the perfect guide: clear and relaxed on all the technical and safety side, knowledgeable on the water, the rock, the plants, the animals. Rafting-up to have our lunch in the middle of the sound was magical.

I can't recommend this trip highly enough. Good gear, good people and, of course, a fabulous location.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank David G
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