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Fiordland– Kayaking Expedition

Trip code: KE2022/1
Expedition Rating: Adventure Travel
Leaving: 22 Oct 2022 Starts: Te Anau
Returning: 31 Oct 2022 Ends: Te Anau

Hiking, Birding, Swimming , Kayaking , Birding, Photography, Cetacean watching

This expedition provides the logistics and support for keen paddlers to explore the historic waterways of the southern Fiords.  Soak in the history and outstanding scenery in Dusky Sound, Chalky Inlet and Port Preservation. We provide the Kayaks and equipment, great food, comfortable accommodation (twin share private facilities) and you paddle as often and as far as you want and rest in between. 

Note: Some kayaking experience is required for this expedition. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing your experience. However, you Kayak only when you want to. You can remain on board at any time you choose.

Day 1 Te Anau - Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound – Breaksea Sound. 

All meet in Te Anau (time and place to be advised) and you will be transferred to across Lake Manapouri by boat and then across the Wilmont Pass by coach to Deep Cove. You will join MV Strannik here. On board you will meet your crew and attend safety briefings before getting underway for Breaksea Sound.   

Day 2 – 5 Breaksea Sound - Dusky Sound 

Start your kayaking experience with a paddle in the Acheron Passage and/or Wet Jacket Arm as we make our way through to Dusky Sound. Dusky Sound offers a rare opportunity to paddle some of the most historic water ways in NZ. Follow the wake of Cooks ship the Resolution into Pickersgill Harbour, Cascade Cove, Indian Island, Anchor Island and Luncheon Cove. Take a break from paddling and enjoy a walk on Anchor Island.   Follow in the wake of Richard Henry, Conservationist and caretaker of Resolution Island in the 1890’s, around Pigeon Island, Facile Harbour and Resolution Island.  The opportunities for exploring are endless.

Day 6 – 9 Chalky and Preservation Inlets 

Enjoy all the numerous opportunities for paddling (and hiking if you want a break) in Chalky and Preservation Inlets.  These Inlets (technically Fiords) are rarely visited by Kayakers so there is plenty of pioneering trips to do. In North Port you can explore the shallower waters around Blind Passage and the hulk of the old government steamer the SS Stella. 

In South Port a great opportunity to incorporate some hiking with a walk through to Seek Cove. In the upper reaches  of Edwardson  and Cunaris Sounds  there is some amazing exploring to be had. 

If you are experienced and up for it providing the weather and sea conditions are OK you could paddle around Gulches Head an extreme stretch of open water between Chalky Inlet and Preservation Inlet. 

In Preservation Inlet there is some equally good paddling  (and hiking) to be had. Paddle down Otago Retreat and walk to Puysegur Point, explore the old Gold Mining towns of Cromarty and Te Onera or the Tarawera Mine in Isthmus Sound. Paddle up Long Sound.  

You paddle as often and as far as you like. Re-joining Strannik at any time during the day.   Enjoy the comfort and hot meals on Strannik each night. 

DAY 10 Preservation Inlet to Te Anau. 

We will rendezvous with the helicopter at the head of Long Sound for your flight back to Te Anau.  


Photo by Nepia Tauri. 



$5680.00 NZDpp
Price Includes:

Unlimited use of double Kayak and associated equipment. The services of kayak co-ordinator.  Transfers from Te Anau  to Doubtful Sound by boat and Coach and Helicopter Transfer back to Te Anau from Preservation  Inlet.  

All meals and accommodation on MV Strannik (twin share cabins with private Facilities).  Complimentary wine and soft drinks (limited selection available), Internet access for Email.

Trip Info

Private expedition

Please contact Rodney Russ for more information

Book Trip

This trip is waitlisted, please contact strannik for more information.