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 dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!


Wonderful Surprise. My husband booked us here as a treat whilst traveling around the area. It was a truly lovely stay. We wish we booked longer! The staff is brilliant and friendly - always smiling and quick to offer anything we might have needed. The property - WOW! It is incredibly well cared for and decorated to be current whilst maintaining the integrity and the history of the building (a challenge few people get spot on - they do!) . We will surely be back - hopefully when it is warmer so we can take advantage of the pool and more outdoor activities. Still well worth the stay in the offseason - the wineries are still open in June!

Ellie Z

Amazing! The Marlborough Lodge is just amazing! Wonderful room with a perfect bedding. Huge bathroom. Refined decoration. The convent, separate from the the main premise, is a unique place to have an appetitive before the diner. Very nice and professional staff. Interesting wine list. A place to be in the Marlborough Region.

FM – Belgium

Extraordinary luxury hotel. This hotel simply could not be improved upon! The building is lovely with an effortlessly elegant decor. We had a large suite with a second room for our son, separated by a huge bathroom. The room was perfect, with just the right amount of flair and panache without feeling overdone. Our bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were fantastic. The whole property has several wrap around porches, which are great for sitting outside and taking in the stunning views of the property, including a small vineyard. The setting is so serene — you are minutes from the local wineries and restaurants but you feel completely away from everything. We went on a tour with the gardener, who showed us the chickens (fresh eggs for breakfast every day!) and beautiful stream and plants. There are lots of citrus trees and gardens on the grounds. In the evenings, we enjoyed canapés and wine in a small chapel on the property, next to a roaring fire. And the food was delicious throughout! We enjoyed our evening dinners immensely and also had very tasty breakfasts, including local preserves and fresh juice. The staff was super friendly and made all of us, including our 8-year old son, feel so welcome. The manager was wonderful and made sure we all felt special. I would highly recommend this location.

CK107 – San Francisco