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Doubtful Sound 2 Day Sea Kayaking with Overnight Camping

Go for an amazing kayaking adventure through the vast, untouched wilderness of the Queenstown region's Doubtful Sound in beautiful New Zealand.


2 Day 1 Night adventure
Spectacular fiord kayaking
See seals, dolphins & more
Experience nature at it's finest

What you need to know

Providing an even overall distance than Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound's length leads to some truly epic kayaking adventures near Queenstown, and features numerous wonderfully secluded waterways and islands to explore! Over the course of two days, on this kayaking tour you'll be provided with some quality time to experience your own personal adventure - a true-to-life sea kayaking and camping trip all conducted within an isolated and peaceful environment that sums up what the Fiordland experience is all about.

With approximately five hours worth of kayaking each day, you'll travel gracefully amongst towering cliffs, waterfalls and lush rainforest, while having the opportunity to keep your eyes open to spot local wildlife including penguins, seals and dolphins. As day turns to dusk, we will set up camp amongst the forest beside a freshwater stream - a special place in which to relax as nightfall occurs.

More info


  • Cruise across beautiful Lake Manapouri and coach over Wilmot Pass
  • Small groups – maximum of 8 people per guide
  • High quality sea kayaking and camping gear
  • Experienced kayak guides – who carry all the safety and emergency equipment, make all safety decisions, provide helpful paddling instruction, comprehensive safety briefing and tell you about Doubtful Sound
  • Te Anau coach connections included (FREE pick-ups from most accommodation)
  • Delicious picnic lunch available (day 1), if pre-ordered – extra cost


  • Day 1: Your wilderness experience begins early in the morning with a short road shuttle to Manapouri to board a boat for the 30km journey across stunning Lake Manapouri.

  • This is followed by a road journey crossing the remote alpine route of Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. On arrival you will change into paddling gear, pack kayaks and be given a full safety briefing and instruction from your experienced guide.

  • The group then spends 5 - 6 hours kayaking in the midst of Doubtful Sound, alongside the massive glacial landscape, deeply faulted mountainsides, waterfalls and sometimes penguins, fur seals and dolphins. A lunch break is made on an uninhabited beach, surrounded by pristine native rainforest.

  • On arrival at the camp site, you will set camp. As evening falls, enjoy the company of fellow paddlers as you each prepare your meals in the group shelter and enjoy the surrounding untouched, pure wilderness.

  • Day 2: After breakfast we break camp, load the kayaks, then encounter the morning stillness of Hall Arm. The fiords mirrored waters ripple past the kayaks, or in the wet, waterfalls cascade from the mountain sides.

  • The group paddles to Malaspina Reach and Elizabeth Island before returning early afternoon to Deep Cove, under sail if possible, for pack up and lunch.

  • The final leg is the journey back across Wilmot Pass and Lake Manapouri by boat and vehicle, allowing you the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the scenery and the rewarding two-day experience.


  • Season 17 Oct- 22 Apr with daily departures


  • 2 days / 1 night

Departure Times

  • 6.15am from Te Anau / 6.45am from Manapouri

Additional Information

  • Food suggestions On a kayaking trip, you will eat more than usual and there is plenty of storage space on the kayaks. Bring food that is simple but nourishing. Please remove excess packaging and carry food in bags (supermarket cloth bags are ideal).

  • Snacks: Bananas, chocolate, muesli bars

  • Lunches: Instant noodles /sachet soup, sandwich type food (cheese, salami, tuna), fruit, biscuits

  • Evening meal: pasta, rice or noodles with sauce plus soft vegetables, meat, canned fish

  • Breakfast: cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast, baked beans

What to bring

  • Swimsuit or underwear (for wearing under wetsuit)
  • Plastic bag for wet gear
  • Shorts
  • Soft shoes or sandals (note they will get wet)
  • Warm socks
  • Towel
  • Sunblock / Sun hat / Sun glasses / Insect repellant
  • Camera (disposable or waterproof)
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes, socks, footwear and rain jacket for wearing after kayaking
  • Lunch food – Note: Picnic lunches are available to purchase, if pre-ordered, extra cost

We Provide

  • Thermal top and leggings
  • Long john wetsuit (Doubtful Sound)
  • Fleece top and hat and Pogies (paddling gloves)
  • Paddle jacket
  • Life jacket (buoyancy vest)
  • Spray deck
  • Dry bags (for your clothing and camera)
  • Map
  • Double kayaks / paddles
  • Group safety and emergency gear
  • Hot drinks
  • One or two person tents
  • Thermarests
  • Gas cookers (food needs to be quick to cook)
  • Pots / cooking utensils
  • Chairs
  • Communal shelter (insect proof)
  • Hot drinks provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Competence in water and moderate fitness required
  • All departures are subject to weather and minimum numbers
  • No departures on Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Minimum age 16 years

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Doubtful Sound 2 Day Sea Kayaking with Overnight Camping

2/74 Shotover St, Queenstown, NZ 9300