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“Beautiful”
Review of Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds
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$124.09*
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Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Picton
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

What a beautiful place. Kayaking the sounds is highly recommended. What a fabulous part of the country.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We wanted a quick glimpse of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. 3 daughters aged 9 to 17yrs. We did a 3 day trek and saw some of the most beautiful serene country that we have ever seen.
We chose the Cougar Water Taxi out to Ships cove, (chased by dolpins on the wake), which took about 45 mins, walked to Endeavour Inlet, which should have taken 5 hours medium pace, except for old me with sore knees and feet (very unfit). Stayed at Endeavour Resort for the night which was very comfy, quiet and the view was amazing. After we left the next day we were told that we missed two Orca's in the inlet. Next day was easier and not as long. Gentle up and down around the coast, again with spectacular views of the loveliest green water.
approx 3-5 hours walk. We stayed at the lovely Punga Cove Resort in the Bellbird Suite quite elevated, and private spa outside overlooking the whole cove, again with top views. Pricey but well worth the luxury. Then the next day we were collected by Cougar Taxi (great drivers and very friendly) and they transported us back opposite Picton but we walked up and over the hill down to Kenepuru Sound and stayed at a lovely house called DeBretts Backpackers. Very suitable for 2 adults and 4 children. Three Bedroom house with verandah looking down on many bays and hills. Just spectacular. Collected the next morning by Cougar, returned to Picton in time to catch the ferry to Wellington. If we had more time we would have loved to do more walking on the tracks. Contact Picton Information. They were unbelievably helpful. Thanks Rachael!!!

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

One of the best places in the world for a family holiday. The boating is tops. Great shopping available in Nelson and Blenheim for day trips and beautiful swimming spots everywhere.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

My first view of the Marlborough Sounds was on a calm day coming across from Wellington, many years ago. This was stunning. People should arrive via the ferry to appreciate the beauty of the place while there is no other distraction. I have spent many golden hours diving here, fishing and sailing. A must for any traveller wanting to see New Zealand.

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Definitely a must visit if you are traveling to/ around NZ. I grew up near by and love going out on a beautiful day. The views are amazing, its a wonderful place.

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