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Visit Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

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Visit Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

For most people, the Marlborough Sounds are their first overwhelming sight of the South Island. Formed by the glaciers of an ancient ice age, deep valleys were flooded by the sea, leaving a mass of bays, inlets and hidden coves.

The winding, weaving Sounds are home to an abundance of wildlife, including the rare Okarito brown kiwi, which lives in the miles of coastal forest fronting the sheltered waters.

Picton and around the Marlborough Sounds

Picton & The Marlborough Sounds, New ZealandThis is the picturesque scenery that greets you as you arrive on the Interislander ferry. Picton, the ferry’s docking point, is a charming town and the gateway to the region’s attractions, including the famous Queen Charlotte Track.

However, to really experience the solitude and uninterrupted peace of the region you need to venture out to one of the guest houses tucked away in the coves and usually only accessible by water taxi.

From here you can take a sea kayak or canoe to get a seal’s-eye view of the waters, spend a few days exploring walking trails, take one of the excellent boat trips that spot the resident dolphins at play, visit the bird sanctuary of Motuara Island or simply sit and take it all in on the shores of one of the beaches.

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Suggested Marlborough Sounds itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Marlborough Sounds, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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