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Waterways Boating Safaris

745 Kenepuru Road | RD 2, Picton 7282, New Zealand
+64 3 5741372
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Ranked #3 of 22 Activities in Picton
Type: Bodies of Water, Adventure
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Owner description: 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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Taupo, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We had a fantastic day out on the sounds with Lester. Even though we were the only couple going his wife picked us up from Havelock and Lester was happy to take us out. It was really a treat for my husband because I am not that keen on small boats but I felt very safe with Lester guiding us.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't going to comment on this but in the end have decided to do so. Firstly it is a great day out there is no doubt about it and we enjoyed ourselves very much. I am not very good with boats and we had a few problems finding the place. It is not clear that on leaving Havelock you... More

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Cologne, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Perfect weather, the best tour guide ever and a great experience. Its the real must have in New Zealand!

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Singapore, Singapore
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This was one tour that I was really looking forward to. But the weather.. oh the wicked weather had to act up on the afternoon that we were supposed to head out. It did not look bad, just a tad of wind with heavy dark clouds hanging above. But as one of the reviewer said, Leicester takes safety very seriously... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We booked this trip as a birthday treat and had a fabulous day. We never dreamed we would travel so far around the Marlborough Sounds. You simply have to be on the water to really appreciate the area and the fantastic thing about the safari is that you can be a complete novice and still be able to pilot your... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

A great way to see Marlborough sounds. Driving your own boat is great fun and Lester the guide gives you plenty of freedom and time to play, jump waves and explore! He is very knowledgeable and will stop to point out interesting wildlife and historical areas as well as explain how the mussel farms work.. A lovely stop for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We had a wonderful day with waterways safari. Definitely the best way to see the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Lester the guide was very knowledgable and great company. Driving the boats was lots of fun, and very simple. We had plenty of time to play around jumping wakes and waves. Would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting way to... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We booked this tour in November. Honestly, this was the most impressing attraction in my life. Everything was very well planned. The man who guided us was truly professional and definitely knows every single corner in Marlborough Sounds. Driving was safe and funny, even though it was my first experience of driving a boat. I highly recommend for everyone.

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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My husband and I saw the leaflet for this while queuing to get off the ferry. It looked amazing and it didn't disappoint. We arrived in Picton at about 7.30pm and left a message to try and book for the following day. By the time we got back from diinner, it had all been confirmed. Leanne picked us up in... More

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Opwijk, Belgium
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

By planning our trip to New Zealand for February/March 2012 and we were searching for different activities and by reading some reviews on Tripadvisor about Waterways we booked this trip. We booked a trip of a half day (+/- 3-4 hours) , we had had cloudy day but even then the Sounds are amazing ! We and a young American... More

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