Amy gets some important dorsal fin photoID shots of this group of orca that passed through the Sounds.

Things To Do, Places To Stay & Other Valuable Links 


Marlborough Information Sites

Destination Marlborough

Discover Marlborough: The Marlborough Web Directory:  Business and investment, accommodation and holiday information in the friendly, secluded paradise that is Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand

Queen Charlotte Track

New Zealand Sites 

New Zealand - Official Tourism Website

New Zealand Focus - New Zealand Tourism Information Guides

New Zealand's Information Network - Scanning the nation for your information.  Dedicated to providing you with informative unbiased information on Travel Tourism, Accommodation and Transportation along with comprehensive travel guides for popular destinations, activities and 'all things New Zealand'.

Our Shop - A guide for backpackers, campers and any traveller to New Zealand. Lots of places to see, things to do and somewhere to rest your head.

Ultimate New Zealand:  Ultimate New Zealand is a trusted provider of luxury vacation packages & custom self drive tours of New Zealand. Each itinerary is developed personally to meet the needs and requirements of the individual client.

Go New Zealand: We have a wide range of New Zealand holiday packages, that have been put together to make it easy to find your ideal holiday. If you need any help planning your holiday, or if you have any other specific travel requests, please let us know and we will be only too happy to help.

Visit the Top100 Sites

Quality Tourism Operators

Skydive the Sounds

Sounds Air  Sounds Air is a locally owned and operated airline based at Picton Airport, in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand. Sounds Air links the North and South Islands between Wellington, Picton, Blenheim and Nelson.

Marlborough Classic Motoring:  Tour the scenic attractions of Marlborough and drive the open road in style. Eye-catching classic 1930-50s style two-seater open-top sports cars with modern engines, components and performance, available for hire: by the hour, daily or longer. Your choice of self-drive or with personal chauffeur. Maps and itineraries provided. Chauffeur-driven Daimler limousine available for tours, transfers, weddings and special occasions.

Windhawk Helicopters:  Helicopter adventures/VIP charter/ Scenic flights & Transfers to wineries, restaurants, resorts & lodges, flyfish for wild Brown trout, or enjoy an exquisite heli picnic. Personalised tours.

Accommodation in Picton, Blenheim & the Marlborough Sounds

A Sea View:  Relax on the deck in the tranquility of Marlborough Sounds. Watch the boats racing, the dolphins gliding by, or take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and listen to the abundant bird life.

AAA Marlin Motel:  Find a friendly welcome at your second home. 19 apartment (1 and 2 bedroom units) and studio style units nestled in the heart of Picton, handily located close to both the ferry terminals.

Aldan Lodge Motel:  16 well equipped studio, family and 2-bedroom units. All units have cooking facilities and serviced daily.

Americano Motor Lodge:  The Americano can cater for all needs with 26 recently refurbished studios, executive and family units.

Anchorage Lodge:  Accommodation on the quiet, sunny side of Picton.  Self-contained motel, sleeps up to six, everything supplied except food, swimming pool, hot spa, barbecue, car not essential, easy walking distance to café’s and restaurants.

Atlantis BBH Backpackers Hostel:  Picton Atlantis BBH Backpackers Hostel.

Apartments on the Waterfront:  Self-contained waterfront accommodation with views over the harbour and bay. Salt water swimming and spa.

Bay of Many Coves Resort:  Bay of Many Coves Resort has the splendour of the Marlborough Sounds at its doorstep, bush clad hills that stretch forever outback and not a road in sight.

BEC Spa Resort:  Five star luxury accommodation with spectacular views of ocean, mountains and vineyards. Relax in our spa pool and steam room. Enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. BEC Spa Resort, near Montana winery.

Blue Water Lodge:  Situated in the spectacular Endeavour Inlet of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, 12 kms from the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. Ideal for your first nights stay walking from ships cove

Craglee Lodge:  At Craglee Lodge , It's all about you. An awesome location and a sanctuary to recharge and be spoilt. Superb food, an easy atmosphere and hosts who take time to make time.

Double Cove Retreat:  Nothing captures the experience of the Marlborough Sounds truer than Double Cove Retreat, an exclusive luxury haven -secluded, tranquil... yet so close to Picton and just 25 minutes from Wellington.

Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel:  Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation with a discerning restaurant and wine bar. It is situated in the heart of the picturesque town of Picton.

FernRidge Homestay:  Tranquil waterfront homestay set in native bush 10 minutes by water taxi from Picton. Ideal as a stopover between North & South Islands; when walking the Queen Charlotte Track; or when kayaking.

Furneaux Lodge:  Escape away from the hustle and bustle, and make your way to Furneaux Lodge Marlborough Sounds accommodation and its beautiful, tranquil grounds. This magnificent Marlborough Sounds lodge is an exclusive bush retreat and eco-resort, steeped in history: perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.

Jasmine Court:  Picton's top motel, specialising in quiet, non-smoking, adult accommodation. King beds, double spa baths, SKY, wireless internet. Central, close to Queen Charlotte Track departure wharf.

Jefferswood B&B:  Experience the serenity of an eco-friendly adobe homestead, built with stylish fittings and spacious comfort. Adobe brick gives winter warmth and summer cool, maximising the plentiful sunshine of Marlborough, the sunniest place in New Zealand.

Koromiko Homestead:  Delightful relaxing self-contained Qualmark 4star bed and breakfast accommodation set within extensive gardens nestled in beautiful countryside. Conveniently located between Picton, the magical Marlborough Sounds, and the vineyards of NZ’s largest wine region.

Lochmara Lodge:  Lochmara Lodge is an accommodation lodge and cafe in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Visitors can interact with NZ's flora, fauna and art at the Wildlife Recovery and Art Centre.

Mahana Homestead:  Our sunny beachfront lodge is accessible by road or by water taxi. Walk the QC Track, take out a kayak, swim in the clear water, lie in a hammock, sip a glass of wine, marvel at the glowworms.

Marineland Heritage House B&B/Motels:  We are one block from the wharf area where the boats depart for the Queen Charlotte Walking Track. Luggage storage is available while walking the track. Ideal accommodation for guests traveling alone.

Marlborough Hotel Accommodation Blenheim Marlborough New Zealand

McCormick House:  Boutique Hotel, private native garden, 3 luxurious ensuite bedrooms, Queen, king, superking or twin beds. Separate guest lounge/dining, lavish gourmet breakfasts. 100% pure Egyptian cotton linen

No Road Inn:  With fantastic birdlife in virgin native forest the new waterfront lodge the NO ROAD INN offers quality accommodation on the Queen charlotte track. Enjoy a hammock or hot tub under giant rimu trees

Picton & Sounds B&B Association:  Choose from a variety of B&B accomodations in Picton.

Picton Beachcomber Inn:  34 quality units, located on the waterfront 1 minute walk from town centre Bar/restaurant with magnificent views Refurbished units, luxury spa units.

Picton Campervan Park:  Closest park to ferry & town centre. Short walk to town. Small friendly park set in picturesque landscaped grounds. Power sites for campervans and caravans. New cabins. Modern clean/fresh facilities 

Picton Lodge Backpackers:  Comfortable backpacker accommodation close to ferry terminal. Booking agent and information centre for marlborough activities.

Picton Top 10 Holiday Park:  A bed for every budget from tent sites to tourist flats. swimming pool, childrens playground. BBQ's games room Member of Top 10 Holiday Parks Group Qualmark 4star+

Portage Resort:  Escape to the Portage Resort Hotel, to relax, fish, swim, kayak or enjoy a taste of Marlborough's finest cuisine and award winning wines.

Punga Cove Resort:  Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove Resort is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.

Sennen House Luxury Accommodation:  Magnificent 1886 Heritage-registered colonial villa restored in keeping with its gracious style & era to offer luxurious comfort & Victorian charm in 5 acres, only a short stroll to Picton

Sequoia Lodge Backpackers:  Welcome to our warm (log fires roaring), friendly and relaxed, family owned. Roaring log fire, great music, character, friendly, genuine people.

Smith's Farm Holiday Park:  Centrally located in the Marlborough Sounds, Smiths Farm is an ideal base to relax in or adventure from. The setting is peaceful and quiet and the facilities are modern and immaculately maintained.

Tombstone Backpackers:  Opened late 2006, Tombstone Backpackers is locally owned and operated Lynne & Gordon live on site to help make your stay be pleasurable.

Tawa Cove:  Ten minutes off the Queen Charlotte Track or boat access only. Tawa Cove, often described as "somewhere really special".

Te Mahia Bay Resort:  Te Mahia Bay Resort is on the waterfront and has a choice of heritage units modern motel units or waterfront apartments.

Tirimoana House:  Tirimoana House is a character filled luxury B&B which enjoys stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and is located 30 minutes from Picton and the renowned Marlborough wineries.

The Villa Rose Homestay:  The Villa Rose Homestay is a beautiful old New Zealand Villa built in the early 1900s. We are located in the heart of Marlborough's wine region; Blenheim. The Villa Rose Homestay is located just a short 7 minute walk to the city centre. Whether you are coming to Blenheim on business or for pleasure we have what you need at The Villa Rose Homestay to be completely relaxed and comfortableWe have Ensuite, Double, Twin, and Shared Accommodation for you to choose from.

Villa Backpackers:  The Villa Backpackers Lodge is a 100 year old character home with The Cottage next door, homestyle hospitality — small and friendly with beautiful gardens, relaxing verandah, large private backyard, great music, and all the facilities you can expect from a good hostel.

Waikawa Bay Holiday Park:  Having grown up ourselves camping in New Zealand we feel that we have achieved a level of accommodation to suit most needs and budgets.

Waterfall Cottage, Luxury Bed & Breakfast Accommodation:  Brand new for the 2009/2010 season, your own romantic, bay-window cottage, completely detached from the main house in a pretty garden setting by a waterfall, just perfect for two adults. Whether you are a couple wanting complete privacy, a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor to NZ, this delightful guest facility will create a memorable experience.

Wedgewood House YHA:  Centrally located. Twin, double and multi-share rooms available. Courtesy vehicle is only a phone call away.

Whatamango Lodge:  Located 10 minutes from Picton, our home is situated on the waterfront in the sheltered Whatamango Bay, where it affords magnificent views of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Whatamango Homestay:  Free standing self contained home hosted accommodation, offering seclusion, direct access to the beach and drive on road access. 

Yacht Club Hotel:  Relaxing, hotel with a variety of accommodation options. Overlooking Picton harbour. Recently refurbished with pool, restaurant, bar and conference facilities. 

Transportation in and around New Zealand 


Sunrise Holidays Campervan Hire : Motorhome New Zealand:  Enjoy NZ at your pace in a Sunrise Holidays Campervan. No hidden costs and our money saving "tips n tricks" will allow you to spend more money on living the experience. 

Tui Campers Limited New Zealand  -  Tui Campers is one of New Zealand's leading rental vehicle companies and is dedicated to providing outstanding customer service for budget minded travellers.  We have been in operation since 1983 and specialize in catering to the international tourist market.Omega Rental Cars New Zealand Ltd : NZ Car Hire


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