Kayaking Milford Sound

Milford Sound is stunning from any angle, but there’s something truly special about seeing it from water level as you glide along in a kayak. The majesty of the thundering waterfalls and rocky cliffs is enhanced from this angle, and you have more time to appreciate the scenery as you paddle along at your own pace. Kayaking Milford Sound is an eco-friendly way to experience it, and there’s also a good chance you’ll meet some of the local wildlife like seals, dolphins and penguins!

If you’re an experienced kayaker with your own gear, you can go kayaking on Milford Sound by yourself – but remember that you’re on open waters, pay attention to the weather forecast and be aware of boat traffic around you.

Milford Sound kayak tours

There are several companies running Milford Sound kayaking tours, and most offer a range of options that cater to your skill level and the amount of time you have. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or a beginner who has never sat in a kayak before, you’re sure to find a tour to suit. Tours are mostly run in small groups with an experienced local guide to show you the sights.

Sunrise kayak tours in Milford Sound offer a magical experience that’s definitely worth the early start! Some tours offer a mixture of kayaking and walking so you can experience a part of Milford Sound where buses and boats never go! If your arms can handle it, there are even tours that travel all the way out to the open sea – that’s around 18km. Or if you’re staying the night in Milford Sound, a twilight sea kayak tour is the perfect way to finish the day.

There are options departing from Milford Sound, and other kayak tours that include transport to and from Te Anau.

You can kayak Milford Sound at any time of year. Of course in winter it’s going to be colder, but it’s often quieter and calmer. As long as you prepare for the conditions you’ll stay warm and dry. Most Milford Sound kayak tours provide all the equipment you need like kayaks, paddles, spray skirts, lifejackets and even thermal layers to keep you warm. Make sure you pack for your kayak tour with comfortable clothing and bring your camera, sunscreen and insect repellent.