A Holiday in The Marlborough Sounds

The Interislander Ferry connects New Zealand's North & South Islands, carrying both passengers and vehicles. The journey across Cook Strait takes just over three and a half hours, most of it in the sheltered and beautiful waters of The Marlborough Sounds. We boarded at Wellington on a busy mid-summers morning and after grabbing a coffee in the ship's cafe, we settled down to enjoy the voyage.


Route Map, The Interislander Ferry.

It's a holiday weekend and we're sailing from Wellington by Ferry, looking forward to our visit to the Marlborough Region, located at the top of the South Island.

Even though the wonderful Marlborough Wine Region is just 20 minutes away, on this trip we will be staying with our friends Brian & Shelley who will host us in their nearby Te Mahia Bay holiday home in the Kenepuru Sounds. 

Next morning we are up early to explore a section of the stunning Queen Charlotte Track passing through stunning beech forest and beautiful secluded bays. What a great start to our visit!


Susan, Shelley and self on the Queen Charlotte Track

The next 3 days pass far too quickly. A picnic on our own deserted white sand island beach was a highlight. So was kayaking, a tour by boat trip exploring The Sounds, track walking, swimming, skiing and of course some socializing with friends, made us determined to return and explore more of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds. 


From the balcony of our temporary holiday home at Te Mahia Bay in the Kenepuru Sounds (the Pelorus Sounds, Mahau Sounds, Kenepuru Sounds and Queen Charlotte are collectively called The Marlborough Sounds

They were created when sea levels rose and drowned a series of deep valleys after the last ice-age, around 10,000 years ago.


Not a bad spot for our Sunday picnic!


We can include a stop in The Marlborough Sounds on your New Zealand Vacations itinerary. If you would like more information about this very special part of the South Island, just click here.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jan 06, 2017