A rare King Shag in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
  • Bird life

    Kiwi, native falcon & rare king shag

  • Marine life

    Dolphins, orca, seals & more

  • Wildlife

    Visit island sanctuaries

  • Coastal Gem

    Long Island Marine Reserve

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Wildlife & Conservation

Endangered kiwi and various native birds including the King Shag thrive on predator-free islands in the Marlborough Sounds, as well as tuatara, gecko and native frogs.

The winding waterways of the sounds hold dolphins, stingrays, seals, and even orca and whales on their seasonal migration.

Back on dry land, the Picton Museum hosts interesting rich stories of the region's whaling history.

Other ways to immerse yourself in Marlborough's wildlife and conservation is to Kayak on the Wairau Lagoons, cruise close to a multitude of New Zealand bird species, or visit the rare population of bats being protected at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Stroll the wildlife trail at Lochmara Lodge, or discover more about the award-winning sustainability practices at Yealands Estate winery.

Mistletoe Bay Eco Village

The Mistletoe Bay Eco Village in the Marlborough Sounds is a flagship for sustainability and education, with eight eco-whares, camping and whare kitchens, a water recycling system and a conference room used by school groups and other visitors, including wedding parties.

The village won the supreme award at the 2014 National Trustpower Community Awards, as well as top spot in the Marlborough Environment Awards, in which judges called the educational eco-village “a project of national importance” which would help build more sustainable communities.

Mistletoe Bay Trust chair Simon Heath says the village is for everyone, but its focus is giving children great experiences and hands on lessons in sustainability, including saving water, saving power and recycling. “It is about creating green guardians who know how to take big steps with light footprints.”

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