Boating in the Marlborough Sounds
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    NZ's marine playground

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    Lodges, B&Bs, campsites, baches

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    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

Mail Boat cruises

Scheduled mail boat cruises are a fantastic way to see the way of life in the Marlborough Sounds

Mail, food and supplies are delivered to people living in remote locations in the Marlborough Sounds, and this is a brilliant opportunity to see parts of Marlborough that few know even exist.

No one day is the same as routes and delivery points change daily depending on what the residents of the sounds need. Your skipper will provide interesting commentary along the journey as you pull along side the wharfs in sheltered bays.

Photo by Beachcomber Cruises

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