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

Governors Bay

Take your dinghy ashore to picnic or swim off one of the best sandy beaches in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Governors Bay is a Department of Conservation site with a small grassy area, long-drop toilet and a short walk down from the Queen Charlotte Drive.

The eastern part of this bay is a very pleasant anchorage in winds up to 20 knots from N sector and also gives good shelter in SE to S winds.

Winds from SW to W tend to curve straight into the bay.

If you would like more information about moorings in this bay and other areas in the Marlborough Sounds contact the Waikawa Boating Club.

Governors Bay map

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