Boating in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Play

    NZ's marine playground

  • Cruise

    Tours & charters

  • Stay

    Lodges, B&Bs, campsites, baches

  • Meet

    Native marine & birdlife


Water Activities

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.

  1. Governors Bay
  2. Flipper Bay
  3. Kumototo Bay
  4. Ship Cove
  5. Blumine Island
  6. Dillon Bell Point
  7. Picton Marina
  8. Havelock Marina
  9. Waikawa Marina
Tash Luxton

Tash Luxton Conservation Kids Picton

“This is paradise. In so many parts of the world you have to be a millionaire to enjoy these things, but everyone can experience it here.”

My insider guide to Marlborough

Scenic cruises & water taxis

With over one-fifth of New Zealand's coastline, the Marlborough Sounds is a brilliant place to take a scenic cruise or water taxi.

Head out into the Marlborough Sounds and explore an un-touched paradise. Catch a water taxi to a holiday house you've rented, or get dropped off at Ship Cove to walk or bike the 70km Queen Charlotte Track.

If you're just looking for a half or full day trip, choose from an abundance of day cruises departing Picton or Havelock. You could go on a seafood cruise, a mail run cruise, a wildlife cruise, a fishing charter, hire a jet ski, or book an exclusive charter and let the skipper tailor a trip just for you.

Photo by Beachcomber Cruises

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