New Zealand Travel

Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds is among New Zealand’s most treasured natural attractions which includes the 71km Queen Charlotte track and a multitude of sheltered bays, bush covered hills and protected waterways. The towns of Picton and Blenheim provide a variety of Marlborough attractions and activities including tours of the Marlborough wineries which produce some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. A visit to the Marlborough Sounds is more than likely to include some form of environmental adventure. The Queen Charlotte Track can be explored in a variety of different ways from guided walks and sea kayak tours to cycle tours.

There is accommodation along the way and tours are designed to suit all abilities and time frames. The entire track takes 4-5 days to walk, however there are excellent 1 day tours that take in selected sections of the track across a range of travel options. Tour operators appreciate that many visitors like to explore the Sounds at their own pace and as a result there are a number of freedom tours to choose from which include accommodation, luggage transfers and selected meals as well as an information kit on the area. One look at the Marlborough Sounds will tell you it is a water lover’s paradise. Fishing, kayaking, boat charters, diving, sailing are just a few of the many activities on offer.

Dolphins, seals and penguins are often seen along with an array of New Zealand birdlife. Marlborough tours have this area of the Marlborough Sounds well covered with fishing charters, yacht and launch charters, eco tours and dive charters all at your disposal. The green shell mussel is harvested in abundance from the waters out from Havelock. You can take a green shell mussel tour to find out how they are farmed and more importantly how they taste. Marlborough accommodation has enough choice to satisfy almost everyone from the budget traveller to the indulgent holiday maker.

Part of the Marlborough Sounds charm is the natural beauty and many resorts, lodges, retreats and bed and breakfasts take advantage of this. Waking up in the Marlborough Sounds is guaranteed to delight your senses whichever way you decide to plan your holiday. For a complete package holiday in the Marlborough Sounds it’s hard to go past a yacht or boat charter. Enjoy the spectacular scenery at your own pace without having to leave until you are ready. The Marlborough Sounds is only a relaxing ferry ride away from Wellington or a 5 hour drive north from Christchurch.