Yachting in the Marlborough Sounds
Fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ
Fishing in the Marlborough Sounds
Boating in the Marlborough Sounds
  • The Marlborough Sounds

    20% of NZ's coastline

  • Rivers & Lakes

    Fly & Spin Fishing

  • Know your limits

    Tips for fishing responsibly

  • Cruise

    Tours & charters


On the Water

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.

Cast for kawahai and salmon at the mouth of the Wairau River, or find trout in the tributaries of this beautiful braided river. Pull on your wetsuit to dive for crayfish and paua on Marlboroughs East Coast, in the currents of the Tory Channel and Port Underwood, or out of Okiwi and Elaine Bays to the west.

Go diving in secluded corners of the Queen Charlotte Sound or cast a line for blue cod and snapper in the Kenepuru and Pelorus. Some of Marlborough’s best sea fishing and diving is off d’Urville Island and French Pass, where fishing charters will ensure you find the right spots.

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

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“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

Marlborough Sounds Fishing

Marlborough boasts some fantastic fishing year round, and the calm, sheltered waters are fantastic for small craft and families. 

Head out on the boat, whether it be your own, a mates, or perhaps let the skipper take you to the best spots with a half or full day fishing charter. The Marlborough Sounds is also well suited to smaller craft such as kayaks and dinghies due the calm waters and sheltered bays, a perfect way to escape from reality for a few hours will casting a line out the side. Some bays drop-off very quickly, making it great for fishing off the shore or wharf. 

For the kids, wharf fishing couldn't be any better! There is an abundance of small fish, such as spotties which live around the wharfs and are great fun to catch.

For the go hard or go home bunch, D’Urville Island is the mecha for big snapper and kingfish. Need we say more?

If you prefer to swim with the fishes, you'll be right at home diving for crayfish, shellfish, kina or perhaps a spot of spearfishing.

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