New Zealand is one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Every inch of New Zealand is drenched in beauty. There are countless holiday activities and spots here.
The Marlborough Sounds is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular environments for adventure. It offers an adventure to all its visitors. And the best part; you can do it all and enjoy the nature at the same time.
With more than 1,500 km of coastline to explore, Marlborough Sounds makes the one-fifth of the entire country’s coastline. The intricate waterways of the Sounds made up of a multitude of bays, coves, and inlets, are a magical place. Sea kayaking with your friends or family is of the best ways to explore this water wonderland.
A playground for kayaks
Marlborough Sound Kayaking is a calming and peaceful experience. The coastline is made up of three main bodies of water – the Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru, and Pelorus Sounds. While each has unique characteristics, they are all wonderful kayaking destinations. Here you can call any corner your own, away from the crowd.
Best sea kayaking experience
Marlborough Sounds offers some of the best sea kayaking experiences in New Zealand. In fact, Marlborough Sounds kayaking is quite different even from kayaking in any other part of the world.
What makes Marlborough Sounds kayaking so special you ask?
- The climate for a start. Here at the top of the South Island, visitors can enjoy a generally settled year-round climate. You will get with many more paddling days available than in most of the country’s other sea kayaking destinations.
- With such an extensive network of expansive waterways, you can really escape the crowds and get away from it all. Even in summer, you can usually find a corner in this paradise to explore without masses of others.
- There is also the amazing range of accommodations available along the water’s edge. From Department of Conservation, campsites spread conveniently a day’s paddle apart, to popular lodges and five-star accommodation, like Tigers Den luxury lodge. So if you feel like stopping for lunch in a fine restaurant or a cappuccino at some stage during your paddle, it’s all possible on a Marlborough Sounds kayaking excursion.
Ranging from the brightest turquoise to the deepest green,
the crystal clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds can provide a dazzling display of colors in a thousand shades.
The beautiful backdrop of native bush covered hills and mountains can be best seen by paddling through the countless bays and coves to pristine. The hidden beaches and isolated campsites are also best accessible from the water.
There are some wildlife reserves dotted throughout the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, which are accessible from the water. So you can paddle your kayak up to one of them and go explore the protected worlds they contain.
A Marlborough Sounds kayaking trip will get you up close and personal with a prolific array of bird and marine life. The wildlife is a testimony to this magnificent environment. The seals, dolphins and whales can be seen in any time of the year. Here you will also see exotic seabird species including Blue Penguins, Petrels, Shags, Gannets, and Terns.
Explore as long as you like
Hire a sea kayak with family or friends and go exploring through the bays, coves, and inlets of this water wonderland.
There’s an almost endless range of options, from as little as an hour to multi-day kayaking expeditions.
There are a large number of operators in the Marlborough Sounds that offers guided kayaking trips that are tailored especially for those who want active and safe nature-based adventure.
Although kayaking requires a bit of balance and co-ordination, the experience is not necessary as all the operators provide the necessary pre-departure briefing and instruction. This includes safety briefings as well as itinerary planning, weather, and techniques for paddling, capsizing, and re-entry.
If you have more time and want a more independent adventure in the Sounds, then an independent rental is the way to go. However, while the operators will do all the planning for you and set you up with everything you need, most will not rent kayaks to solo paddlers for safety reasons. So you’ll need at least one paddling buddy to be able to go the independent rental route. Whatever your preference, however, the Marlborough Sounds has a memorable kayaking option in store for you.
So come grab a kayak, and embark on your own mission of discovery to find out for yourself why the Marlborough Sounds is one of the world’s premier destinations. It’s all here just waiting to be explored – and there’s no better way to do so than by sea kayak.
A Marlborough Sounds kayaking trip is without doubt one of the best ways to make your visit to this part of New Zealand a truly memorable one. If you decide to come to Marlborough Sounds for Sea Kayaking, why not book accommodation with Tigers Den Luxury Lodge.
Tigers Den offers luxury accommodation and is a great place to relax after a long day of kayaking. Contact Keith and Vanessa to book your Picton accommodation at Tigers Den today.