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Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds Cruise

This is a wonderful historic, cultural, personalized eco-tour on the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with a local Māori family. Your skipper and first mate, husband and wife Pete and Takutai, are passionate about this area of New Zealand and their enthusiasm is infectious.

Over the course of the trip you will learn about Māori culture and history, and enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the Sounds whilst slowly sailing round the sheltered inland waterways. The ship, Tutanekai, is a beautiful old two masted classic launch, full of warmth and character and is named after one of the most famous love stories in Māori folklore. This is a truly unique way to enjoy one of New Zealand's most beautiful areas.

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Other experiences in Picton

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.