Marlborough Natural Encounters & Eco Tours
Queen Charlotte Sound
Description: Has the idea of seeing an albatross soaring in the southern skies ever captivated your imagination? Albatross are magnificent seabirds, giant in size with an incredible wingspan: features which will amaze you.
Albatross Encounter of Kaikoura will take you by boat only a short distance from shore and you will see albatross and many other species of seabirds. Kaikoura is becoming well known for its unique environment which boasts probably the highest number of species of pelagic birds in any one location. Enjoy this dedicated pelagic trip and allow 2 1/2 hours of your travel time to fit it in to your itinerary. You will not be disappointed.
Location: 2 Hours north of Christchurch
Season: All year
Contact person(s): Dennis Buurman
Address: 58 West End, Kaikoura
Phone: +64 3 319 6777
Mobile Phone: 025 338 415
Freephone: 0800 733 365
Fax: +64 3 319 6534
Comments: Our website has regular updates and lists of most recent sightings as well as some stunning images!
French Pass Motels & Sea Safaris
Description: Personalised on water nature tours in the remote wilderness of French Pass and d'Urville Island. Tours include seal and dolphin swim and viewing,(special winter tours to see Dusky Dolphins and seabirds feeding together) shark dive, outer Island bird tours to view king shag, yellow crowned parakeet and other species. d'Urville Island walks and discovery tour.
Qualmark 3 star waterfront accommodation, full packages include tours, accommodation and meals.
Informative and cheerful hosts will help you to touch the mauri, the essence and special nature of this outstanding area. Winners of two tourism awards.
Location: Two hours drive from Nelson and Blenheim. 25 minute flight from Wellington and 10 minutes from Picton.
Season: All year
Contact person(s): Danny Boulton
Address: French Pass
Postal Address: RD 3 Rai Valley, Marlborough
Phone: +64 3 576 5204
Fax: +64 3 576 5204
Myths & Legends Eco Tours
Description: Kia Ora,
Myths & Legends is a personalized eco tour cruising the beautiful sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
Come and interact with a local Maori family who have lived in this area for generations & let Pete, Takutai & Tane share the untold stories. Learn about the history, culture and the efforts to preserve and restore the natural environment while relaxing on the decks of our classic launch Tutanekai.
Experience the thrill of seeing Dolphins, seals, birds and pristine native bush and imagine what things must have been like for the early settlers.
This is a mystical experience that you will treasure.
Location: 5 minutes from Picton
Contact person(s): Tane Beech
Address: 316a Waikawa Rd, Picton
Phone: 03 5736 901
Mobile Phone: 021 404 407
Fax: 03 573 6901
Comments: Our cruises are personalized and designed for small groups of people that have an interest in culture, history and for those that have an affinity for the natural environment.
Description: Heralded as one of the countries premier walking trails The Queen Charlotte Track is becoming instantly recognised as New Zealands most scenic and relaxing coastal walks. From fern fringed bays and lush green forest to stunning skyline vistas its easy to see why.
Top this with comfortable accommodation in luxury lodges along with fine dining restaurants and you have all the requirements for a gourmet walking holiday in style.
Walked over four days, The Queen Charlotte Track (71 km, 40 miles) is well maintained with the majority of the streams bridged and has a variety of gradients and surfaces with a wide, compact base, hence stout footwear is advised.
A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk The Queen Charlotte Track, although there are options available if you wish to travel by water taxi from each lodge on any given day of the walk. You only need to carry a light day bag containing your camera, lunch and water bottle as your overnight luggage is transferred by water taxi each day.
The beauty of The Queen Charlotte Track is that it can be walked any season as the Marlborough Sounds enjoys a mild, temperate climate throughout the year. Winter is an ideal walking time with clear, sunny days and fewer people than the more popular summer season.
This trip is perfect for couples, where one choses to walk while the other can relax and travel to each lodge via water taxi.
Location: Opposite the Picton Infomation Center on the Picton Foreshore.
Contact person(s): G Thomson
Address: 1 Auckland Street, Picton
Postal Address: 12 Amelia Cres, Picton
Mobile Phone: 021 712 153
Comments: Credit Cards accepted.
Luggage transfers from lodge to lodge.
Includes pick up and return transport from Picton accommodation.
Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park
Description: We run a wilderness park in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Our island-like-peninsula affords brilliant views of the Marlborough Sounds, North Island, Kaikoura Ranges, and more. We are just a few minutes by boat from
the isolated Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. Little Blue Penguins regularly nest under our homestead and can be seen most days swimming in the bay, as well as in the evenings as they come ashore into our sheltered private
marina. Other wildlife includes our tame wekas, passing dolphins and whales, a seal colony and more.
The property is very large, and has some magnificent patches of regenerating native bush, including some of the best kohekohe in New Zealand. A wilderness trail runs from historic Ship Cove through some of this country's best native bush, to our wilderness park, with some incredible views to take in
along the way.
Stay in our 90 year old lodge, and either explore the property by yourself or let us take you on a guided tour by landrover, foot, motorbike and horseback.
Location: [map here] Cape Jackson, at the Northern tip of Queen Charlotte Sound. Boat access only (we can arrange boat transport for you).
Contact person(s): Ron and Gerry Marriott.
Address: Cape Jackson, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Postal Address: Cape Jackson, Rural Bag 363, Picton.
Phone: +64 3 579 9025
Fax: +64 3 579 9125
Comments: Because of the uniqueness and isolation and of our wilderness park, it is best to plan a stay of at least two nights. Please visit our extensive website for more information, and contact us for further recommendations.
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