The Magic of the Marlborough Sounds
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.
Fine restaurants and accommodation lodges are scattered throughout the sounds to make your stay a comfortable one.
Marlborough Sounds Activities
The beautiful Marlborough Sounds are a popular recreational playground. Activities include:
- Boating, kayaking, canoeing
- Walking, hiking
- Dolphin watching
- Mountain biking
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