This was a two part trip, kayaking with a group of six and one instructor in the morning and taking a boat cruise including a small lunch with a hundred of so in the afternoon.
Be aware that there are 200 days of rain in Milford Sound per year, so ideally plan your day around the weather. We understand it may not be possible depending on traveling schedules, but if you're able we'd definitely recommend trying to wait to visit until a clear day - the views were unbelievable. We chose Go Orange over other companies as they had the best price. We were also lucky having hired a car through GORentals to benefit from an extra discount with their Play discount cards.
We have kayaked once before and although you don't need much experience you do need stamina as it's quite tiring against the strong winds. The guide allowed a few breaks where he'd talk us through the history of the Sound which was interesting - sometimes he wasn't quite sure on the facts but did a good job of making it seem like he did!
There was a small incident when we almost got knocked out of the kayak by a renegade buoy which came hurtling towards us and collided with our kayak but fortunately we withstood the crash and stayed firmly upright - it would have been a cold experience otherwise! But the company is not to blame for this and we were advised it was a one off, relieved to see it being captured by some fishermen a little while later - it all added to the experience really.
The cruise in the afternoon was well set up, and the captain aboard had some great knowledgeable and amusing commentary! We were also treated to a half an hour spectacle of wild dolphins which was the icing on the cake.
The only downside to the trip would be there was a lot of air noise from helicopters and planes above - but it you block that out whilst finding a blu sky day you'll be telling people about the experience for months!
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