Roy Grose

Roy Grose DOC Conservation Services Manager, Marlborough Sounds

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Roy Grose
Roy Grose

“Marlborough is the mountains to the sea. One day you can be out in the Marlborough Sounds, and the next day be up at Lake Rotoiti. On the way you can stop and pick cherries or have a glass of wine at a cellar door. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

My
top Must Dos

Hear the dawn chorus

Hear the dawn chorus

Camp on Blumine Island

Visit Ship Cove

Visit an ancient forest

Motuara Island eco sanctuary

My favourite place

Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound
Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound

The Marlborough Sounds is made up of a patchwork of privately owned land and public land managed by the Department of Conservation, and over the past 24 years Roy Grose has ensured good stitching between the two.

That means the DOC Conservation Services Manager for the Marlborough Sounds knows the province like the back of his hand, so we’ve asked him for a few of his favourite spots. The Pelorus Bridge is an example of ancient podacarp forest, towering over an emerald green river blessed with swimming holes. But he also loves Ship Cove, one of Captain Cook’s favourite anchorages, which is rich with the history of Maori and Pakeha contact.

Not far away from there, you’ll find Motuara Island, a pest free haven for native wildlife. That’s also on his must see list, which could go on much longer, if we let it. The majesty of Marlborough stretches from the mountains to the sea, says Roy.

“One day you can be out in the Marlborough Sounds, and the next day be up at Lake Rotoiti. On the way you can stop and pick cherries or have a glass of wine at a cellar door. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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