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Marlborough Sounds

Picton, New Zealand
64 3 577 5587
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Picton
Type: Bodies of Water
Traveler Description: If you are fortunate to have a few days up your sleeve and looking for a great place to explore or just chill out on your tour of NZ then the... more »
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Picton, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have cruised around the Sounds for many years. We have sailed our own boat, chartered boats, driven the coasts and traveled on commercial boats. Each method brings to life different versions of the Sounds and each is memorable. The Dolphin Watch trip pleases all ages and is guaranteed to entrance. There are so many safe and peaceful anchorages, mostly... More

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Picton, New Zealand
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Marlborough Sounds, are completely spectacular. Visit the anchorages used by Capt James Cook, enjoy the fantastic fishing, soak up the history, visit magnificent isolated lodges with great cuisine, and above all relax! My recommendation is that you hire your own vessel, try Charterlink, and spend a few days simply exploring this magnificent waterway!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The sounds are really beautiful and the water clarity and colour are very special. If doing this track by mountain bike insist on a gel seat or take your own as the hire place we chose did not really show much interest in providing these. We chose to cycle from Anakiwa to Picton which was a picturesque ride and really... More

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Berlin, Germany
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71 reviews 71 reviews
58 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

the marlborough sounds is just an amazing area to go to when you are in picton, you can kayak or take a boat around or even walk

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Sydney, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We have been to this area many times and stayed in many of the locations, the one conclusion we have made is there is only one great spot to stay and that is Picton, Blenhiem has nothing to really offer, it is just a small provincial centre, a few cafes on a typical small town. Havelock is just too far... More

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Barrie, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Spent seven months in Blenheim several years back. Every Sunday we would head to a different winery, learn about and taste different wines, and enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio at the vineyard restaurant. What a great place to relax and enjoy being outside! This would be the perfect place to take a break from a hectic travel schedule and... More

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Travelled from South to North Island staying overnight sometimes more in motels. If you have time it's well worth stopping a few days with Blenheim as your base which is only a short drive away from the ferry at Picton. It's also worth staying a Picton because this is a lovely place with fantastic views. Would recommend staying at Harbour... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
97 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Took a day trip to Furneaux Lodge via the sound. Stopped at several locations before we arrived. Good narrative as we went along and lots of information about the sound. Stopped to view a pod of dolphins. Timings were spot on and we had a great day out. There a various combination of walks and visits any would be fine... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Great day out on the water visiting all the small inlets to deliver their mail (plus biscuits for the dogs!) We had brilliant weather and spent all day on deck watching the fabulous scenery. lovely way to spend a day

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10 reviews 10 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We did the mail run cruise on the Queen Charlotte Sound. Great scenery but the highlight was the commentary from Jason. Excellent....knows his history and obviously loves his heritage. Thoroughly recommend.

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