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Address: 745 Kenepuru Road | RD 2, Picton 7282, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-574 1372
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Description: Drive a boat, explore the sounds. Fun, freedom & stunning scenery on a...
Drive a boat, explore the sounds. Fun, freedom & stunning scenery on a guided boating safari. Explore the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds whilst enjoying the thrill of driving your own boat. Learning to handle the boat is quick and easy for first-timers.We want to share the magic of the Marlborough Sounds with you. Take charge or or own boat and get the freedom to explore an area of unsurpassed beauty in an ever-changing landscape of native forest, ferns and hidden bays. Day tours include sightseeing, coastal walk, Jurassic forest, native birds and wildlife, mussel farms.
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Great day out

We want to say thank you to Leicester for a fantastic day out with him as he guided us around some of the sounds. He has great knowledge of the area and NZ and we learnt a lot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We want to say thank you to Leicester for a fantastic day out with him as he guided us around some of the sounds. He has great knowledge of the area and NZ and we learnt a lot from him. The scenery was amazing and a great way to spend a day.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We sought to see as much of the Marlborough Sound as possible, but see it on the water and in the bush. This excursion surpassed all our expectations and frankly is relatively inexpensive compared to the excursions offered by the cruise ship, which did not offer one like this. We were picked up early at the dock and taken to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

It was only us and Leicester on the boat. It was a beautiful morning, we were only 2 boats on the water and it was gorgeous. Leicester took our 2 kids on his faster boat and let our son drive We rode for 3 hours with a stop on a deserted beach where the kids were able to observe dead... More 

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New Orleans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We were on a cruise ship and Leicester the owner, picked us up at the port. It is about 30 minutes drive to the Marborough Sounds site. Leicester gave our group safety instructions and showed us how to operate the boats. He is a lovely person with a great personality. He made the tour so special. We rode for many... More 

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We had a wonderful day with Leicester. Thoroughly enjoyed learning how to ride the tinnies and loved the beautiful surroundings and Leicester's droll commentary. This was money well spent and I highly recommend the trip. An added bonus was that we were transported there and back from Picton.

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Longborough, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We did a full day trip with Leicester and were lucky enough to be the only couple on the tour that day. Leicester is a boat designer and he has created these great little boats which are fast, stable and really easy to drive. We had a fantastic day zipping about the sounds in some very quiet and peaceful areas... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Loved loved loved this tour. Leicester was a fantastic guide who helped us navigate the Marlborough Sounds in our own boat. There was amazing scenery as we boated past and got a lesson in mussel farming in New Zealand. We booked the day tour, but only did the boating portion, not the walk (make sure to pack your lunch). I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

We went out in the half day tour, the people running it were lovely, very friendly and helpful, they teach you how to drive the boat and all the safety requirements. Then it's out into the sounds which has absolutely stunning scenery, you learn about the mussel farms and most of all have fun driving your own boat :) my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My husband and I had an awesome time exploring the Sound, operating our own boat for the very first time. The view is breathtaking, and it's a very different experience than just sitting in a big boat cruise - you actually get to drive your own boat and be much closer to nature. The boat is stable and with much... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We opted for the half day as the weather which had been fine took a turn for the worse. It was a bit cold and cloudy but our luck was in. My wife and I were the only customers that morning but Lester was more than happy to show us the ropes and get us on the water. The little... More 

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