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The Magic of the Marlborough Sounds

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Kayak camp in the Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough, New Zealand
Kayak Camp Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough, New Zealand
Photographer: Graham Charles
(imagematters@clear.net.nz)

Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean like the fingers of a welcoming hand, the Marlborough Sounds area is a magical experience located northeast of Nelson, New Zealand.

The beautiful Marlborough Sounds are made up of three main bodies of water: the Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound and Pelorus Sound. This collection of drowned river valleys is a natural wonder, unparalleled in New Zealand.

Bordered by forested hills rising almost vertically from the water's edge, the Marlborough Sounds are a true scenic highlight.

Sail, paddle, kayak or motor through this picturesque maritime area.

The sounds are easily explored from either Picton or Havelock.

Fine restaurants and accommodation lodges are scattered throughout the sounds to make your stay a comfortable one.

» Marlborough Sounds Accommodation Directory

Marlborough Sounds Activities

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Sailing Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough, New Zealand
Sailing Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough, New Zealand
Photographer Ivor Wilkins
(ivorw@xtra.co.nz)

The beautiful Marlborough Sounds are a popular recreational playground. Activities include:

  • Fishing
  • Boating, kayaking, canoeing
  • Walking, hiking
  • Dolphin watching
  • Diving
  • Swimming
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking

» Marlborough Sounds Attractions and Activities Directory

Marlborough Sounds Conservation

More than 50 reserves in the Marlborough Sounds are managed by the Department of Conservation. Some things to remember when exploring the reserves include:

  • Light fires only in designated areas
  • Take your rubbish away with you
  • Camp only in designated areas
  • Do not take dogs or other animals into any of the reserves

» Marlborough Regional Information

» Marlborough Sounds Travel Directory

» Marlborough Travel Directory

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