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

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

Picton Marina

At the heart of Picton township and the edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton Marina is just a few minute’s walk from great cafes, restaurants, shops, a supermarket, and places to stay.

The marina has been fully remodelled and is a beautiful space to have your boat, or to wander and look at super-yachts, heritage vessels and family boats.

The marina has permanent and visitor berths for vessels from 8m to 35m+.


254 berths from 10m to 35m, fully serviced with power and water.

Floating fuel jetty

Petrol and diesel pumps, with eftpos or pin-enabled credit card payment facilities.

Trailer boat facilities

Four-lane pay-and-display launching ramp with parking, floating jetties for loading and unloading, multiple boat hose down areas, rubbish and recycling areas, and new toilet facilities. Annual launching passes available.

Secure storage

Boatsheds available for secure, dry boat storage.

Getting there

2 minutes by road from Picton.
20 minutes by road from Blenheim.

Picton Marina map

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