On the Water

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Explore 1500km of winding coastline, secluded bays, historic sites, marine reserves and island sanctuaries, fostering kiwi and other native species.

Beautiful beaches and native bush surround the sunken valleys of water, and every bay beckons. Some can be reached by road, but the only way to really discover the sounds is by water. Kayak, sail or motor your way through the Marlborough Sounds and share in our beautiful treasure.

Cast for kawahai and salmon at the mouth of the Wairau River, or find trout in the tributaries of this beautiful braided river. Pull on your wetsuit to dive for crayfish and paua on Marlboroughs East Coast, in the currents of the Tory Channel and Port Underwood, or out of Okiwi and Elaine Bays to the west.

Go diving in secluded corners of the Queen Charlotte Sound or cast a line for blue cod and snapper in the Kenepuru and Pelorus. Some of Marlborough’s best sea fishing and diving is off d’Urville Island and French Pass, where fishing charters will ensure you find the right spots.

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Marlborough Sounds Fishing

Marlborough boasts some fantastic fishing year round, and the calm, sheltered waters are fantastic for small craft and families.

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Fishing Rules

Each area of New Zealand has different fishing regulations, and it’s important you know your limits.

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Freshwater Fishing

There’s excellent fly fishing to be had in Marlborough, from catching kahawhai at The Diversion, to seeking trout and wild salmon in remote locations up and off the Wairau River.

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Boat Cruises

With 1500km of winding coastline, explore the secluded bays, historic sites, marine reserves and island sanctuaries in the Marlborougfh Sounds by private or group boat tours.

Guided Kayak


Whether you choose a day trip or a few nights away, guided or independent, you’re in for a treat. Kayakers in the Marlborough Sounds talk of encounters with dolphins, fur seals and even orca on their seasonal migration.

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Beautiful Bays

One fifth of New Zealand’s coastline winds its ways through the Marlborough Sounds, where blissful beaches, beautiful bush and pristine waters are everywhere you look. We’ve included a few of our top bays for boating, perfect for an overnight stay or day trip.


Sailing & Boating

Get to know the area, the facilities and update yourself on the rules and regulations before heading out onto the water.

Picton Marina

Picton Marina

Picton Marina is just a few minute’s walk from great cafes, restaurants, shops, a supermarket, and places to stay.

Havelock Marina

Havelock Marina

The Pelorus Sound, Kenepuru Sound and Mahau Sound are quieter corners of the Marlborough Sounds, with brilliant fishing and stunning scenery.

Waikawa Marina

Waikawa Marina

Waikawa Marina near Picton is the largest of Marlborough's three marinas, with 600 berths ranging in size from 8 metres to 20 metres.