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

Ship Cove

Ship Cove is steeped in history and natural beauty. It was explorer Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage spot in New Zealand and was the location of some of the first contact between Māori and Europeans.

You’ll meet cheeky weka on the grass and hear a vibrant birdlife from the trees above. This is also the starting point for walking or biking the 70km Queen Charlotte Track.

For more information about moorings in this bay and other areas in the Marlborough Sounds check out the Cruise Guide.

Heritage of Ship Cove

Heritage of Ship Cove

Ship Cove is steeped in New Zealand history as early explorer Captain James Cook’s favourite base. FIND OUT MORE>>

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