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Turn your stay into a delightful encounter, as you explore the Marlborough region. The four sounds of Pelorus, Kenepuru, Mahau and Queen Charlotte give the Marlborough region its name. They are a veritable maze of deep coves, quiet bays, crystal clear water and isolated beaches. Their meandering tracks and native forest are all home to an amazing array of flora and fauna.
You could spend a lifetime getting to know this part of the country. But if time is pressing and you only have a few days up your sleeve, then here are ways to really pack in the sights, sounds and flavours of the region.
New Zealand South Island begins in Picton
Picturesque Picton is the perfect base for exploring the Marlborough Sounds. Picton lies 25km north of Blenheim and 65km west of Wellington. It is located near the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound. It is the main link between the South and North Islands, with a scheduled ferry service over Cook Strait.
Arriving at your Picton accommodation by ferry from the North Island a great way to drink in the majesty of the Sounds. Use your accommodation here as the jumping-off point. Most of the region’s cruise and activities operators are accessible from here.
There is also plenty to see and do in Picton itself. Picton is built around a very sheltered harbour. It has an attractive seafront dotted with galleries, cafés and restaurants. It’s also perfect for indulging in fresh Marlborough Sounds seafood and locally produced wines. Some of the world’s finest wines come from this region.
Picton Oozes History
Picton is steeped in maritime history. The world’s 9th oldest ship, and oldest merchant ship, Edwin Fox, sits in dry dock in Picton. The National Whale Centre is based here, and there is also the aquarium.
Captain James Cook named Queen Charlotte Sound after Charlotte, the wife of King George III. In the 1770s, Cook anchored his ship the Endeavour for provisioning and repair at Ship Cove. This was close to the mouth of Queen Charlotte Sound and around a 2.5hr drive from your Picton accommodation. Cook spent more time at Ship Cove than anywhere else on earth. (Aside of course from his home town of Whitby in England).
The Picton museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts. These include early Maori artifacts, and it is well worth a visit.
Your Picton Accommodation is your gateway to Queen Charlotte Track
The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand most famous walks. It is also a major local attraction. You can conquer it on foot or on a mountain bike. Try walking even a part of its 71km’s of amazing coastal scenery. It is a great way to really get to see the region’s remarkable geography.
For most people, the experience begins on leaving Picton bound for Ship Cove. Sea access to the Track is also available at Resolution Bay, Camp Bay, and other bays in the area. Daily water transport services or charter trips from Picton offer transport to and from these points.
A Rare Water World
The Marlborough Sounds were made for scenic cruising. With a wide range of cruise options available from Picton you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are cruises to see the mussel and salmon farms.
- What could be better than tasting fresh mussels straight from the sea?
- Perhaps adding a glass of Marlborough’s famous sauvignon blanc would do it!
- Or how about taking an eco-tour cruise to the outer Sounds?
- Enjoy a close encounter with rare birds, dolphins, penguins and seals?
There are even tours that let you swim with the dolphins. If that appeals, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better setting for this than in the Marlborough Sounds.
If you’d prefer exploring the Sounds under your own power, then sea kayaking is the way to go. It’s certainly the best way to get right into the myriad of secluded coves and inlets. You can either hire kayaks to explore as you choose or take a guided kayak tour.
Tigers Den luxury lodge nestles on the hillside in Waikawa Bay, just two minutes from Picton. It provides guests with magnificent and ever-changing views overlooking the Waikawa Marina. Enjoy the views of Queen Charlotte Sound from your private balcony. The entertainment area, with spa pool and barbeque, is perfectly positioned for this vista.
Tigers Den offers luxury accommodation for up to ten people. It is beautifully furnished with every modern convenience. The lodge is within easy walking distance to the town’s waterfront cafes and restaurants, attractions and service operators.
Your hosts, Keith and Vanessa Shadbolt are available on request to share their local knowledge. They offer an informal personal tour service so visitors can experience the full variety of activities on offer in the area.
Contact Keith and Vanessa to book your Picton accommodation at Tigers Den today.