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Address: 745 Kenepuru Road | RD 2, Picton 7282, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-574 1372
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Drive a boat, explore the sounds. Fun, freedom & stunning scenery...

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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Probably the best day out on the water ever

What a great setup. Leicester is such a great character and knows more about the marlborough sounds than anyone else. You learn more in half a day than living there! Great fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

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English first
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great setup. Leicester is such a great character and knows more about the marlborough sounds than anyone else. You learn more in half a day than living there! Great fun driving the boats too. Anyone could do it.

Thank TheSoundsRetreat
Shanghai, China
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

It is the best way to explore the Marlborough sound on water. We love it. Leicester was friendly and tin boat designed by him! He gave us good safety instructions and how to operate the boat. My son rode with him, and he let the boy drive on the way back. He also took some pictures of us driving boat... More 

1 Thank Jenny H
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

this is an absolute must do .. I can't imagine a better way to experience the Sounds than on the water; driving your own boat makes it even more fun. Leicester was friendly and knowledgeable and very relaxed, we did the morning trip and it was amazing to see the Sounds transform as the fog lifted and the sun came... More 

Thank JackieKenn
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

An invigorating two days on the Sound in Lester's self designed rocket boats. Quick to launch and unsinkable the boats skim along at a good speed and cover large areas in very good time. Not only a good time but Lester would regularly pull alongside and give history and geography lessons and answer all your questions. Lester likes to talk.... More 

Thank Larry C
Pontefract, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

1 Thank Louise W
Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Gary F
Hong Kong, China
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75 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 

Thank caribu75
New Orleans
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Sally6
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3 reviews
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.

Thank Ingahunt
Longborough, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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