The Marlborough Sounds is a marine playground and ecological haven covering one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline. Home to secluded bays, historic sites, walking and cycling trails, marine reserves, island sanctuaries and places to stay tucked away in native bush – the cruising grounds of the Marlborough Sounds is a water lover’s paradise. more
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Outstanding opportunity on the major scenic and tourist route in New Zealand. This investment is ideally placed to capture the consistent business flowing from the North Island through to the major natural attractions in the South. Nestled in a nice natural setting a very short distance from the InterIsland ferry service the potential is huge. Be in quick
Located on Arapawa Island, Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Three self-contained accommodation options sleeping multiple people. Surrounded by stunning vistas of Cook Strait, Tory Channel and the heads at the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. A great destination for a family holiday or break from busy city life.
Set on gently-rolling bush-clad hillside with the pristine-waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound lapping at the doorstep, this secluded and tranquil retreat is surrounded by the timeless-beauty of nature herself. Located in the heart of NZ, with no road access, it is easily accessible via a spectacular 30-minute water taxi ride from Picton or –for the privileged– a helicopter ride.
Mobile-friendly - Experience a taste of warm 'Kiwi' hospitality when you cruise Cook Strait with the Bluebridge ferry service. With stunning scenery, friendly service, free big screen movies and a choice of several sailings a day (except Christmas Day) between downtown Wellington and Picton - There's no better way for you and your vehicle to cross Cook Strait.
Mobile-friendly - Escorted, customised tours driving our Jaguar, MG and Alfa Romeo classic and modern sports cars, or yours. Enjoy up to five different cars touring the wonderful uncrowded roads of the South Island. Day or multi day trips on set dates or to your choice, taking in delightful destinations, riveting roads, characterful company, delicious dining, affable accommodation and stunning scenery!
Mobile-friendly - Proud winners of the New Zealand wide, Water Taxi category for seven years running (Traveller Voted Awards 2009-2015). This, along with 30 years of experience, ensures your Marlborough Sounds experience will be memorable. Whether you are walking the Queen Charlotte Track or staying in a local resort or private-home, we are here to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Mobile-friendly - We provide award-winning, wildlife and conservation focused guided cruises and dolphin swimming experiences through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for our Dolphin Swim or View Experience or you could take part in our fully guided cruises to your choice of bird sanctuary islands or Historic Ship Cove.
Mobile-friendly - French Pass Beachfront Villas are the ideal base for you to explore French Pass, D'Urville Island and the western Marlborough Sounds. Your experience starts on the road to French Pass, a breath-taking drive through native bush gives way to a birds-eye view of Croisilles Harbour, the Outer Pelorus Sounds, Admiralty Bay and D'Urville Island.
Operating scheduled flights between Wellington, Karamea, Nelson and Takaka, Golden Bay. Spectacular scenic flights from Takaka and Abel Tasman. Fly/cruise packages to experience both Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay without retracing your steps. All flights connect with our daily shuttle services to Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Rental Car available in Takaka to explore Golden Bay.
Mobile-friendly - Experience unparalleled service and exceptional cuisine. Gourmet Sailing offers a variety of day and overnight private yacht charters around Nelson, Tasman Bay, Abel Tasman National Park and Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy spectacular scenery, visit secluded beaches and indulge in local gourmet food and wine. All trips fully customised to suit, with the choice of a comfortable 51-foot or spacious 65-foot yacht.
Mobile-friendly - Grand Pacific Tours are the New Zealand coach holiday specialists offering a range of all inclusive, value for money holidays. We offer 5 categories of coach tour vacation packages namely; Affordable Coach Tours, Signature Coach Tours, Ultimate Small Group Tours, Cruise & Coach Tours and Special Interest Tours.
Mobile-friendly - Havelock is located at the head of Pelorus Sound in the Marlborough Sounds. Gateway to the Nydia and Queen Charlotte tracks and the whole Marlborough area. Powered sites, Tent sites, cabins for those travelling on a budget but looking for comfort. Great location to fish or cruise the Sounds. 15 minutes to Marlborough's wineries. Peaceful and spacious, close to Blenheim.
Mobile-friendly - Latitude South takes you to the real New Zealand going that extra mile, delivering authentic and fulfilling luxury travel experiences. Our focus on small groups and privately-guided experiences allows you to delve into the wonderful aspects that make up New Zealand. We'll offer you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, engaging local people, fantastic activities-unique experiences that will live on in your memory.
Mobile-friendly - Laurella Cottage is an exclusive boutique cottage situated right in the heart of Marlborough's wine region. Self-contained luxury accommodation, nestled into Upton Oaks Garden, a 5 Star Garden of National Significance. We warmly welcome you to Laurella Cottage, and invite you to experience the ambience, of a fully restored NZ 1850's, colonial cottage.
The Marlborough Sounds at the north of the South Island are a sinuous network of drowned river valleys, forming one of New Zealand's most distinctive land and seascapes. The Marlborough Sounds are made up by the Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.
Join us on luxury tours and cruises of the Marlborough region, featuring the best wine, seafood and scenery Marlborough has to offer. Your tour, your way - led by experienced local guides, focused on your enjoyment. Choose from a range of popular organised Marlborough tours or let us arrange a group tour for you.
Mobile-friendly - A rural retreat on the Queen Charlotte Track. Guests can stay in the farmhouse or camp in our sheltered orchard. Meals using our own fresh produce are available for guests and track walkers. Kayaks and fishing gear available for hire. Access via watertaxi or walking/biking the Queen Charlotte Track.
New Zealand guided walking adventures. We are a specialist adventure tour company with decades of experience running small-group tours with the best Kiwi guides. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. See more on our website.
Mobile-friendly - Perfectly situated at the halfway point on the Queen Charlotte Track at Kenepuru Head, Ngahere Hou invites you to take a half-time break in style. "Glam-Camping" in a 6-metre Yurt or Summerhouse cabin. Set in a 40 acre private bush reserve with stunning views down the Kenepuru Sound, this is an off-the-grid eco experience to treasure.
Mobile-friendly - Experience something special in our own private wilderness paradise. Ngaio Bay is beautiful, peaceful and is situated in a truly remote part of the Marlborough Sounds. Whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon retreat or a relaxing weekend getaway, we guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy your accommodation at Ngaio Bay.
Mobile-friendly - Located on the western side of the Marlborough Sounds facing Tasman Bay in peaceful Okiwi Bay, is a small, friendly holiday park and lodge. This is the perfect setting for a relaxed or active holiday. Explore the rugged coastline and secluded bays or enjoy the riches of the sea with excellent fishing and diving.
The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy forest and river scenery, in one of the last stands of river flat forest in Marlborough. The reserve is located midway between Blenheim and Nelson, on SH6, 18 km west of Havelock.
Mobile-friendly - A luxurious European style boutique lodge offering guests the best of heartland Marlborough, superb accommodation, premium wines, sublime cuisine & friendly hosts. Pelorus Lodge blends into the surrounding exotic trees and native bush to create a 'nature theme park'of privacy, peace and harmony - an unspoiled timeless and therapeutic environment. Stay with us - 100% pure luxury.
Mobile-friendly - During our summer season, Nov-Apr, you can join us on our Mail Boat 7-days a week, from May-Oct, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. With our all-day cruises, you'll visit isolated homesteads nestled in secluded bays, delivering supplies/mail the way it has been done for decades. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world.
Mobile-friendly - Discover the spectacular Marlborough Sounds with Pelorus Tours. We can also provide services for: Boat hire, Transport, Tours, Cruises, Fishing, Scalloping, Pelorus Sounds Mussel Farm Cruises, Sounds Winery Tours, Educational Eco-Tours, Maud Island Tours, Garden Tours, DOC Bush walks, Corporate/Family Functions. Book with us for all your transport needs around the Sounds. Local knowledge shared on all our tours.
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Get Your Skates On
This July Picton Smart and Connected is bringing the artificial ice skating rink back to Picton. All proceeds will go towards the Queen Charlotte College Japan trip. Keep up to date with all the latest event ...
Where: London Quay, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: London Quay, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 12:00pm on Thursday 18th July 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 21st July 2019
This rejuvenating weekend retreat is a foodie's dream. Relax in the beautiful Kenepuru Sound at the refurbished Portage Resort. Experience somatics and yoga, facials and massages, essential oil workshops and dine on ...
Where: The Portage Resort Hotel, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: Keneperu Sound, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 6:00pm on Friday 23rd August 2019
To: 2:30pm on Sunday 25th August 2019
Queen Charlotte Relay
This event is a 5-person relay starting at Waitohi Domain, Picton finishing in Havelock outside the Havelock Hotel. The relay was for runners only until 2002 when due to popular demand we introduced a walkers grade. ...
Where: Waitohi Domain, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: Dublin Street, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 11:30am on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
Marina 2 Marina 2019
Now in its seventh year, Marina 2 Marina is a much-anticipated annual sporting event. This unique competition utilises the picturesque trails around Picton and with a variety of walking or running courses to choose from, ...
Where: London Quay, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: London Quay, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 7:00am on Saturday 19th October 2019
To: 2:00pm on Saturday 19th October 2019
Descendants of the original passengers of The Edwin Fox will congregate over the long weekend. There will be a program of events listed in the future. For more information contact Karen McLeod at the museum on 03 ...
Where: Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: 1 Auckland St, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 5:00pm on Friday 25th October 2019
To: 5:00pm on Monday 28th October 2019
Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui - Pōwhiri Meretoto/Ship Cove
In November 2019, a flotilla will arrive in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound. The vessels include: - Two waka hourua (double-hulled canoes) - the Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti - The Fa’afaite i te Ao ...
Where: Ship Cove, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: Queen Charlotte Sound, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 10:00am on Thursday 21st November 2019
To: 3:00pm on Thursday 21st November 2019
Sport Tasman Marlborough Muddy Buddy
Sign up for the best Adventure Run in the region. The Sport Tasman Marlborough Muddy Buddy offers all the fun that can be found on an estuary. Buddy up with a friend, your school mate, work colleague, family member, ...
Where: Havelock Marina, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: Cook St, Havelock, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 7th March 2020
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 7th March 2020
Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival 2020
Save the date for the 2020 Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival! This event has been getting bigger and better over the last few years and 2020 is shaping up to be another corker! There will be more great bands, ...
Where: Havelock Domain, Sounds, Marlborough
Address: Peel Street, Havelock, Sounds, Marlborough
From: 10:00am on Saturday 14th March 2020
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 14th March 2020