Best of the Marlborough Sounds

Duration: 7 days

Highlights: - Cruise impossibly blue waters through the magical Queen Charlotte Sound
- Wander beech forests and stunning ridgelines on the Queen Charlotte Track
- Savour the distinct varietals of New Zealand’s wine capital
- Unwind in your luxury accommodation

Appreciate the grandeur of the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise endless bays and the secluded coves of Queen Charlotte Sound. Lace up your hiking boots for the world-renowned Queen Charlotte Track. Then, savour varietals from some of New Zealand’s leading vintners in the country’s wine capital.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch and transfer to your luxury boutique hotel accommodation.

Overnight: The George

 

Day 2 - Bay of Many Coves

Journey north to the tranquil seaside town of Picton, the gateway to New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds. Board your private cruise bound for the enchanting Bay of Many Coves in Queen Charlotte Sound. Explore seemingly endless bays and coves, and marvel at breathtaking vistas as your vessel glides through this extensive network of sea-drowned valleys. Dock at your luxury lodge tucked in a secluded cove of Queen Charlotte Sound, where fine-dining and exceptional service await.

Overnight: Bay of Many Coves Resort

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 3 - Bay of Many Coves

Depart on your scheduled cruise to some of the beautiful walking trails along the world-renowned 72km coastal Queen Charlotte Track. Emerge on high ridgelines in unspoilt virgin forests to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay. At the end of this exhilarating day, cruise back to the well-earned luxury of your resort.

Overnight: Bay of Many Coves Resort

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 4 - Bay of Many Coves

Explore your way today. Take to the waters by kayak or boat. Swim with pods of dolphins. Meander through magical forests on foot. Or simply enjoy the serenity from your perfectly positioned lodge. When hunger calls, choose from the resort’s two restaurants and waterfront café and sample the delights of the freshest local seafood and produce, matched with wines from Marlborough’s leading vintners.

Overnight: Bay of Many Coves Resort

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 5 - Nelson

Join your private tour of Nelson, an arts and crafts lovers paradise with a huge selection of styles and techniques. Visit the Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Centre, Hoglund Glass Centre and private galleries along the way.

Overnight: Edenhouse

Meal Plan: B,L

 

Day 6 - Nelson

Explore Nelson your way. Stroll through New Zealand’s second-oldest settled city. Discover galleries showcasing the very best of New Zealand’s art. Browse the market and later settle in with a glass of local wine.

Overnight: Edenhouse

Meal Plan: B

 

Day 7 - Depart Nelson

Transfer to Nelson Airport for your outbound flight.

Meal Plan: B

 

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