Kayak, Hiking, Mountain Bike

Kayak, Hiking, Mountain biking the Marlborough Sounds – Private/Shared: (from $140 - $400)

With 1500km of coastline to explore, stretching from just north of Kaikoura to the tip of D'Urville Island, the Marlborough Sounds is a truly remarkable sea kayaking, hiking and mountain biking destination.

Kayaking will get you up close and personal with nature as you explore the beautiful bays and coves of this pristine area where you will learn about the native plants from your guide and you will likely see Sting rays, Eagle rays a wide array of sea birds as you paddle, and if your lucky Dolphins, Fur seals, Penguins and Albatross.

Within the Marlborough Sounds there is the Queen Charlotte Track which is widely rated as the best single track in New Zealand and is also one of this country’s 23 Great Rides and there is little wonder why!

With its wide, benched surface, spectacular views, native bush and, in parts, technical difficulty, the track offers Hikers and bikers an exhilarating challenge.

Whether you choose one or combined a couple of these activities you will be astounded by the beauty of this region

Some of the options which are in groups or can be private

  • Guided Kayak trip half day/full day in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Half day guided kayak trip in the morning plus hike a portion of the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Hiking Queen Charlotte Track with water taxi transfers - Guided
  • Mountain biking Queen Charlotte Track half/full day – guided or freedom

 

Wairau Lagoon Kayak & Walking Tour – (from $275pp group tour with max 6 guests)

A four hour, eco kayak and walking tour at the Wairau Lagoon, Marlborough, with a delicious homemade picnic.

You will paddle into the channels of the Wairau lagoon and explore some of the points of interest such as the archaeological remains of the Maori tuna, (eel) traps, historic buildings and the hulk of the SS Waverly, get up close to many beautiful New Zealand birds, including the Royal Spoonbill, Black Fronted Tern & Bartailed Godwit. Hear stories from your guide about the hardy people who once lived here.

The Wairau Bar is New Zealand's first known place of human settlement and where the Polynesian Maori once paddled their waka (canoes) trading their harakeke (flax) and kai (food) . A kayak tour on this gentle tidal estuary allows close encounters with New Zealand nature and native birds.

Relax on shore and take a stroll, later enjoy a homemade picnic and if the tide is suitable you can collect cockles and cook these over a gas fire and you can also try your luck at kawa fishing (, just let us know beforehand if you would like to do so.

 

Kayak Pelorus River – (from $185 per Adult, $155 per child)

Fully guided adventure kayaking down the Pelorus River, used in the filming of the second Hobbit movie “The Desolation of Smaug”. Taking you through easy rapids in stable, inflatable tandem canoes. Drift down the crystal-clear Pelorus river paddling your own canoe.

Enjoy New Zealand's pristine native forest as you float past & learn how the flora & fauna were utilised by the Maori people.

Learn the history of the gold & timber industries that shaped the top of the south.

Perfect for all ages.

 

Private tours by arrangement that can also include guided bush walk to secret pools as well as picnic lunches. POA

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What our customers say

My wife and I spent 3 night at this lodge. Everything was great : the room ( super clean and very well appointed), the food ( excellent breakfast and superb dinner) , the staff ( Karen, the General Manager is a super friendly and professional person that managed very well her excellent team), the property in general ( a beautiful lodge perfectly sitting in a wonderful garden).... We normally stay at 5 stars hotel around the globe but this one is one of the few we will remember . Thank you !!

giogio42

We were on a holiday driving from Auckland to Queenstown and this was a stop in the winelands of Blenheim suggested and arranged by our tour company. We had got the ferry across from Wellington in the morning, picked up the next car and drove south for about 30 minutes. I had sorted the route so as we came into towards the Blenheim area we went to four wineries for tastings before getting to the hotel. The hotel is very close to the wineries and we got there mid afternoon. Turning down a track you go a short way down a winding track and then come to a lovely quite small looking building. We were instantly greeted by a really friendly lady who made us feel immediately welcome. Our bags were taken from the car and straight to the room while she gave us a quick walk around what used to be a convent. This is a lovely place, very peaceful, lovely grounds, lovely rooms and very homely. Pre dinner drinks were suggested in what used to be the chapel and now a lovely lounge with a small bar and was so relaxing. Dinner is equally good in a very relaxed dining room. Excellent food and service. This place is relaxed homely luxury and it was a great pity our plans only allowed one night. If you have more time than we allowed, perhaps stay two nights, or more, while taking the whole day to look around the lovely wine region.

Mike C

We spent three nights at The Marlborough Lodge at the end of a vacation through the South Island. What an ending! From the moment we stepped out of the car, Karen and her staff treated us like royalty; our every wish was there command! The lodge and its rooms are beautiful (stay in the Chapel room if you can); the grounds are gorgeous; the food is to-die-for -- both breakfast and dinner! This was a very self-indulgent way to end a. vacation. If I didn't live around the world from there I would definitely go back!!!

bjbromberg

Fantastic place, delicious food (much better than some Michelin star restaurants), excellent wine list, and... fresh orange juice for breakfast (trust me, it’s mission impossible all around New Zealand). Very elegance and modern furnished room (but too small - we recommend to choose more spacious suites) Very clean))) if this is important for you It was our best experience in NZ!

Natali