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  • Address: Picton, South Island, New Zealand

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Marlborough Sounds Tours

Set at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough Sounds amazingly comprise one fifth of New Zealand’s coastline. Not because the region is large, however, but simply because the serpentine coast weaves in and out of so many bays it massively adds to the mileage. Here the coastline is so stunningly rugged that mail is still delivered by boat to towns that are cut off from roads, and visitors can actually ride along with the boat that’s delivering mail. It’s a rural time capsule that hearkens back to life in the 1800s, where sheep still roam the forested hills and fishermen ply the waters for mussels and live off the bounty of the sea.

For an authentic experience in Marlborough Sounds, hop aboard a seafood cruise to sample the clams, mussels, and salmon the Marlborough area is known for. Or, to scour the shore on your own two feet, hike the famous Queen Charlotte Track that weaves through Queen Charlotte Sound, or pedal your way up rolling green peaks by renting a mountain bike in town.

Practical Info

Nearly all tours of the Marlborough Sounds depart from the town of Picton. The most popular way of reaching Picton is aboard a ferry that crosses the Strait from neighboring Wellington on the North Island.
 
Did You Know? From 1888 until 1912, a dolphin by the name of Pelorus Jack would help mariners find safe passage through the treacherous, narrow French Pass.

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Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Picton or Blenheim, Picton, null
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Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Picton or Blenheim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy the very best of Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Indulge in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and fresh local ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.59
Small Group Half Day Mail Boat Cruise from Havelock, Blenheim, Day Cruises
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Small Group Half Day Mail Boat Cruise from Havelock

Join this guided half day tour in the historic Pelorus Mail Boat as it delivers mail, groceries, freight, and people to this stunning and remote inland ...  Read more

Location: Havelock, New Zealand
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $70.02
14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Day Cruises
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14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch

This 14-day tour of the South Island of New Zealand will take you on a remarkable adventure, taking you further off the beaten track, with a small group of ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 14 days (approx.)

From USD $2,203.03
Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington, Wellington, Multi-day Tours
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Bay of Many Coves Helicopter Tour with 3-Course Lunch from Wellington

Deep in the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves, a 5-star luxury resort, offers perfect seclusion in a pristine natural environment. Enjoy a helicopter ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $491.53
Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock, South Island, Helicopter Tours
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Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, with this indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise. The cruise ...  Read more

Location: Havelock, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.48
Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton, Picton, Day Cruises
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Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island on this cruise. The cruise features Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.62
Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton, Picton, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Swim near wild dolphins in the calm sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds on this half-day tour. Qualified guides will be there to make sure you ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.69
Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton, Picton, Swim with Dolphins
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy some of the majestic dolphins that visit the sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Degree qualified guides will be there to ensure you (and ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.02
Full-Day Guided Sea Kayak Trip from Picton, Picton, Nature & Wildlife
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Full-Day Guided Sea Kayak Trip from Picton

Sea kayak from the picturesque Picton foreshore, across the harbour and into the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Stop on a sandy beach in this ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.94
Half day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton, Picton, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Half day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds on this 4 hour half day guided sea kayak tour. Your tour takes in the western end of the Queen ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.02

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