3 Day Outer Sounds Adventure - Queen Charlotte Sound

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Sea kayaking as it was meant to be – this three day trip embodies everything that sea kayaks were designed for. Be at one with the wind and the waves, the bush and the wildlife, as you paddle through the maritime wilderness of Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds.

$960 per personNZ per person
Package Includes:
  • All kayaking and safety equipment
  • Water taxi transport to/from Outer Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Wholesome, high-quality food
  • Thorough kayaking and safety instruction
  • Expert instruction and guidance from your knowledgeable guide
  • All camping equipment (including sleeping bag and if required)

Trip Departure Time: 7.30am

Trip Return Time: 4.30pm

Duration: 3 days

The many coves and inlets of the outer Queen Charlotte Sound are surrounded by magnificent stands of virgin native bush, plunging down to crystal clear water. Your trip will take you to places so remote that the only sounds you will hear are birdsong and the occasional splash from a diving gannet or dolphin. This is a relaxed paddling adventure suitable for any moderately fit person, and no previous experience is necessary. The trip includes a water-taxi ride to the outer Sound, all food and camping equipment, your knowledgeable guide, and all kayak and safety equipment.

For us here at Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company, good food, comfort and fun are priorities. This holiday package is as much about pleasure in the outdoors as it is about adventure. Thought has gone into the selection of comfortable campsites, quality equipment and delicious local food.


It is important to note that this trip is entirely dependent on Mother Nature and that the itinerary could change due to persisting weather conditions. At all times the guide will make decisions that are in the best interests of your group and client safety is a priority to us. This itinerary is designed for novice to moderately experienced paddlers and as a general rule we try to ensure the itinerary so that you will only be paddling for a maximum of 5 hours per day – 2½ hours in the morning and 2½ hours in the afternoon. However clients need to be of moderate fitness as situations can arise where you will be required to paddle strenuously, due to weather conditions, for two or three hours to a destination.

A water taxi ride to Ship Cove will put you into the heart of the outer Queen Charlotte Sound. From there you will pack your sea kayak and paddle in and out of the many coves and inlets, around bush clad shorelines, exploring the many interesting spots along the way. Over the next three days you will have the opportunity to explore Motuara Island, home to the endangered South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin. Explore the marine reserve around Long Island, drop into some of Captain Cook’s favourite spots, and the gun emplacement on Blumine Island. These are just a few of the highlights along the way.

Each night you will camp at a different campsite (depending on weather) and your guide will cook you a delicious 3 course dinner while you enjoy the sunset. You may have time to do some fishing for your dinner or collect some mussels as an entree, either way we guarantee that you will love the home cooked food!

Without exception, every one of our guests has been enthralled by the beauty of the Sounds on this three day adventure in to paradise, and we know you won’t be disappointed.

What to bring

When you book your trip we will send you some detailed pre-trip information. However to give you an idea of what we recommend you wear or bring:

  • Two changes of clothing appropriate to the season. Shorts & t-shirt are normally ok for paddling during summer, but you should also have two changes of (wool or polypropylene) clothing – including shirts, long-johns, jerseys/jumpers and socks, in case it’s cold. One change for paddling in, and one to keep dry for wearing on-shore.
  • Raincoat or parka for wearing on-shore
  • Swimsuit


How much sea kayaking experience do I need?

It is preferable if you have done some sea kayaking, or river kayaking previously. Alternatively you may have lots of experience with sailing, windsurfing or other on-water sports.

Will there be big waves and wind when I am paddling?

Yes because you are paddling in the Outer Sounds, the weather conditions can be more extreme. However, your guide will always endeavour to ensure that the itinerary chosen for the day takes into account the weather and the effect it will have on your paddling skills. There may be times where you will have to paddle in strong wind conditions to get to a bay or campsite.

Is the only option to stay in tents?

Yes. By camping each night the group has the freedom to chose where they may be staying – dependent upon the weather and the paddling skills of the group.