Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting Guide

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Marlborough kayaking, canoeing and rafting

About Marlborough, New Zealand

There are two distinct sides to Marlborough: the magical waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and the wine country of Blenheim. Be sure to experience them both.

Many visitors to the South Island enjoy the interisland ferry trip, either arriving in or departing from the picturesque port town of Picton. While this gives a glimpse of the stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery, spending a bit of extra time and exploring further will definitely reward.

Charter a launch or yacht to cruise the waterways and discover quiet, secluded bays for your anchorage, or take one of the many commercial launch trips for a few hours or to experience a stay at a romantic waterfront lodge with no road access. The famed Queen Charlotte Walking Track winds its way through the forests and above the bays; and be sure to visit Captain Cook’s favourite spot in New Zealand – Ship Cove.

Head for the wine country surrounding Blenheim and sample the fabulous wines including the world beating Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. You can even tour the vineyards by bike!

You will want to stay a while so make yourself comfortable as you choose your Marlborough accommodation from a huge range of hotels, motels, motor inns and luxury boutique accommodation, or experience Kiwi hospitality in homes offering Bed & Breakfast, farmstays and homestays. There are vineyard accommodation options too.

Key towns for Marlborough accommodation are Picton, Blenheim, Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds with many other country accommodation options too.

French Pass Motels & Sea Safaris

Marlborough Sounds

Two hours drive from Nelson and Blenheim.

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.

Sea kayak pristine waterways with a chance to see seals, dolphins and seabirds including the little blue penguin.

Qualmark 3 star waterfront accommodation, full packages include tours, accommodation and meals.

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Phone: +64 3 576 5204
Address: French Pass





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