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Other websites and experiences we recommend while you experience New Zealand or Marlborough

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With a great fleet and fantastic local guides we can offer a large range of tours including Marlborough Wine Tours, Wine and Food Experiences, Taste Marlborough Tour, Private Wine Tours, Group Tours, Marlborough Sounds Cruises, Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Lunch and Dinner Cruises, and private charter cruises for Weddings, Events, Birthdays, Product Launches, Corporate Hosting, Christmas Functions and pretty much any special event..!!

Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours provide Dolphin Swimming & Viewing, Scenic Wildlife Cruises, Bird Watchers Expeditions, School/Educational packagers & Private charters.

Jacqui Leslie Photography - Multi Award Winning Images that you will treasure for a lifetime.

We specialize in guided sea kayaking for small or large groups to the remote and unspoiled areas of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds from one day to many.

Precision Helicopters provide helicopter rides, scenic flights and adventure tours for Blenheim, Picton, Nelson and the surrounding Marlborough areas, including the Sounds.

Cruise New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough Sounds on one of our exclusive luxury boat charters.

Herzog is a family owned New Zealand winery and restaurant, supported by a unique team of individuals who all share the same values: a passion for wine and food, commitment to excellence and quality, and a love for the great New Zealand environment.

Marlborough’s premier vineyard bike tour company – now in our 14th season. Highlighted as a ‘Top Tour’ in The Lonely Planet.  Eco friendly, cost effective and probably the most fun you’ve ever had on a bike.

Their first wines were only produced in 1994, but Saint Clair Family Estate has a growing reputation as one of New Zealand’s leading wine companies with an exceptional quality record.

Isabel Estate is not only one of the largest family owned vineyards in Marlborough, it also has some of the oldest vines in Marlborough producing exceptional quality grapes and wines from: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Where else can you experience guided ATV 4 wheel quad bike tours; ride the world's only Skywire flying fox; play Paintball; enjoy Horse trekking; horse riding along forest trails or ride in the amphibious Argo?

Experience the thrill of driving your own boat through the beautiful, sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds… Quick and easy to learn for the first-timer.

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.

We carry passengers and vehicles between Wellington and Picton up to four times daily and offer a range of fares to suit your budget. On-board you'll find a full cafe-style menu, premium L'affare coffee and award-winning Marlborough wines.

Located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Yealands Estate produces award winning wines in harmony with the environment. So good are the Yealands Estate wines that our Single Block Sauvignon Blanc has been awarded the title of the World's Best Sauvignon Blanc*. *International Wine Challenge, 2012

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don’t have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it! Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

Experience the thrill of floatplane flying and enjoy all of the wonder and beauty that the Marlborough Sounds region has to offer.

Molesworth Tour Company has been sharing their passion for the stunning landscapes of the Marlborough high country region for 30 years. We offer a variety of experiences so that you can explore the sights and sounds of Blenheim, Marlborough, Nelson, Canterbury and the West Coast region. Our guided tours are led by people who are both passionate and knowledgeable on the region so that you can get the most out of your time with us.

Come and feel the warmth of Maori hospitality as we share with you more than 800 years of unbroken history and tradition in Marlborough. Our tours will retrace the footsteps of our ancestors, share with you the rich history of local Maori, and explain how the new generation weave traditional values into their contemporary lifestyles.

Upton Oaks garden has graced the pages of numerous magazines plus television screens and is visited by many national and international groups each year. The garden has been awarded the rating of a Garden of National Significance by the New Zealand Garden Trust.

Discover the fascinating history of the Edwin Fox, the worlds 9th oldest ship. Now on permanent display in Picton, New Zealand. Learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter.

Omaka Classic Cars allows us to enjoy that special period in motoring history where space, grace, chrome bumpers, large grilles and individual design were allowed to run wild. The collection covers the period between the pioneering vintage car era and the cars of today, when motoring was individual - challenging the limits of both the design and the technology.

Jill and Mark Evans, owners of Cougar Line and with over 21 years of operating experience, have gained a reputation for quality vessels and outstanding service provided to overseas visitors and domestic holiday makers. Their major proactive involvement in promoting the Queen Charlotte track has made a major contribution to the growth in visitor numbers to the Marlborough Sounds.

We take great pleasure in offering you a selection of boat trips through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sounds. These include our world famous Magic Mail Run (Mail Run Cruises » Mon & Thurs, Tues & Fri, Wed & Sat) and a host of Scenic Cruises, easy and quick day trips are covered with our Lunch 'n' Cruises. We also offer several flexible day walks that will let you explore the wonderful Queen Charlotte Track.

We provide a 7 day on demand service for bikers, hikers, bach owners, groups etc. We can take you any where in the Queen Charlotte Sounds & Tory Channel. We don't have scheduled runs or timetables, therefore we can tailor your departure and pick up times to suit your itinerary.

The Queen Charlotte Track, located at the top of New Zealands South Island in the Marlborough Sounds, offers a spectacular trip through the Marlborough Sounds, from the historic Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm giving unsurpassed views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

This is New Zealand at its finest.

The Sounds Retreat Luxury Lodge, 215 Anakiwa Road, Picton, Marlborough, New Zealand
Tel: +6435742965 Email: thesoundsretreat@gmail.com