Marlborough Sounds

A unique opportunity to take in the breath-taking views and birdsong that are a background to this boat tour. The Queen Charlotte Sound is a collection of drowned river valleys created when the mountains sank in earth movements and the sea flooded into the valleys. Bordered in many parts by forested hills rising almost vertically from secluded coves, the Marlborough Sounds are a true scenic wonder. On this tour you have the opportunity to experience the natural world of abundant wildlife while enjoying the charm of remote New Zealand. 

Ship Cove

Ship Cove

Travel to historic Ship Cove, with its original bush of rainforest, abundant nikau and ferns (morning tea will be served en route). Take a short stroll through the native bush that leads to a beautiful waterfall, or just take time to relax and enjoy nature’s own garden. Capt. James Cook noted this as his favourite anchorage, and for history lovers the Cook monument relays the fascinating story of early explorers and their voyages around New Zealand.

Lazy Fish Retreat

Lazy Fish Retreat

Stop in at this jewel in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, the 100-year-old Lazy Fish retreat. This property and garden boasts its own beach and five acres of waterfront, with an eye-catching phone box perched on the end of a private jetty. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch at this stop, while gaining an insight into this attractively planned and planted resort, which the Lazy Fish team are so passionate about.

Kaipupu Point

Kaipupu Point

The final stop for the day will be at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. Established by the community in 2005, the sanctuary is managed entirely by volunteers, with the aim of enriching the community through restoration and guardianship of this special area. It is predator free, thanks to a fence separating it from the port. Public access is via the jetty only. On the sanctuary you will be treated to stunning views out to the Sounds and looking back to Picton township. The relatively easy track is just under three kilometres and takes you through native forest which offers a safe haven for wildlife. A magical experience so close to Picton. Please note that a suitable jacket and sturdy walking shoes are necessary. All the paths are easily accessible, but they can be wet and slippery. This is a wonderful day’s outing to share with friends and family.

2017 Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

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