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Marlborough Sounds

Dear Brian and crew.

It was a splendid holiday and thanks to your sensitive care I found I was able to join in most things - much more in fact than I thought I would be able to.

I think the highlight for me was the dolphins. I'd never seen so many before. French Pass, the scallops, everything really and I enjoyed the company.

Weren't we lucky with the weather? It was blowing a gale when I got home.

With best wishes for your future trips.

Cruise Marlborough Sounds
November to April

Cruising Queen Charlotte, Pelorus, Kenepuru Sounds and on our six and ten night scenic cruises French Pass and d’Urville Island.

We offer two different types of cruises in the Marlborough Sounds; Scenic and Walking Cruises which can range from two to ten nights in duration.

On our 6- and 10-night scenic cruises there is also the opportunity to catch fish for the crew to cook up for dinner – it doesn’t get much fresher that this! There are also plenty of occasions to go ashore and stretch your legs with the many beautiful beaches and walking tracks in the Marlborough Sounds.

For our walking cruises you have two options; the very popular 5 Night Queen Charlotte Track Walk and Cruise or the NEW 4 Night Pelorus Walk and Cruise. With both of the cruises you go ashore each day and walk different sections of well-maintained tracks.

The advantage of our “Cruise and Walk” cruises are that you have the same accommodation each night along with a hot shower, and all your meals are sorted for you (a packed lunch will be sent with you if you’re ashore over the lunch period). Your luggage will stay in your cabin, so you have no heavy pack to carry.

You get to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds on all of our cruises as we cruise leisurely through hidden bays and coves. All walks are optional – you may wish to stay on board and relax, or there may be a shorter walk that would suit you better.


Cruise Descriptions:

2 Night Scenic Queen Charlotte Cruise

  • A visit to Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island where Robins, Tuis, Kiwis, Bellbirds and Kakariki live. Hear the birdsong and look out for the rare South Island Saddleback as you walk along.
  • Visit Ship Cove where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770’s. Here you will find information panels explaining early Maori and European occupation and a monument to honour Captain Cook.
  • Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds as we leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves of the Sounds.
  • Swim in the clean clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds and walk on the beautiful beaches.

4 Night Pelorus Cruise and Walk

Cruising the Pelorus Sound – a truly beautiful waterway and walking the different tracks; Jacobs, Archer and Nydia approximately 41 kms in total

5 Night Cruise and Walk – Queen Charlotte Track

Cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound and walking the Queen Charlotte Track: 70 kms in total

‘A Fantastic Combination – A true Marlborough Sounds Experience’

** Both Cruise and Walks offer the following:

  • The vessel and crew will meet you at the end of each walking section – No back tracking
  • Hot showers to freshen and invigorate you at the end of your enjoyable days walk, your meals all prepared for you, if you are ashore at lunchtime a packaged lunch will be sent with you.
  • You have the same cabin each night so there is no worrying about your luggage which means no heavy packs to carry as your luggage remains on-board.
  • We find safe anchorage every night in a calm and picturesque bay, so you can enjoy a peaceful nights rest.

5 and 6 Night Scenic Cruise

  • Visit Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island and go ashore at Ship Cove where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770’s.
  • Walk sections of the award winning Queen Charlotte Track.
  • Cruise past a King Shag colony. The King Shag can only be found in this remote part of New Zealand.
  • Cast your rod and try your luck at catching a Blue Cod and other species in the waters of this area.
  • Visit French Pass and d’Urville Island and indulge in a delicious dinner at The Wilderness Resort Café.
  • Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds as we leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves of the Sounds.

 10 Night Ultimate New Zealand Cruise

  • Your adventure starts from Wellington Domestic Airport with a fantastic scenic flight over the Marlborough Sounds to Golden Bay.
  • Enjoy a wonderful day excursion; to Pupu Springs – New Zealand’s largest springs, renowned for their beauty and water clarity; four-wheel drive bus journey to the lighthouse on Farewell Spit, the South Islands northern most point – home of a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance; then round off our day with a visit to Heathcroft Studio where fascinating and entertaining artist Geoff Heath paints and resides.
  • You will go to Anatoki – a salmon farm with a difference, where you are able to catch your own salmon.
  • Sit back, relax and cruise the scenic waterways of the captivating Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Kick your shoes off and walk along the beautiful sandy beaches of Golden Bay or take a swim
  • Cruise along the inside of Farewell Spit and see it from a unique perspective. The spit is around 35km long and access is more strictly protected than a national park, so cruising this area on Affinity is an amazing way to view this secluded coastline.
  • Cruise through all 3 Sounds – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus which makes up the Marlborough Sounds. You will experience something different when visiting each one, whether it is the species of fish, history or incredible scenery and enjoy all of what our 6 Night Scenic Cruise has to offer

Contact Us to Book Your Cruise Today

0800 862 334

Cruise List

  • 5–7 Apr 2020 (2 nights)
    Scenic Cruise
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  • 9–14 Apr 2020 (5 nights)
    Easter Scenic Cruise – Queen Charlotte, Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds
    $1,899 per person
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  • 16–21 Apr 2020 (5 nights)
    Cruise and Walk – Cruise the Sounds, Walk the Queen Charlotte Track
    $1,849 per person
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