Things to Do
When you stay at Debretts you can do as much or as little as you like. Relax and rejuvenate or explore and enjoy the many things the Marlborough Sounds has to offer.
Sight-Seeing Eco Cruise: Visit the Green Lip Mussel farms and learn more about how New Zealand produces this wonderful delicacy. Explore secluded shoreline and bays and see some of our beautiful beaches with native bush right down to the waters edge. Stop at a ship wreck before cruising on past some of the accommodation houses in the Kenepuru Sound. Get up close to a shag colony with their collection of foraged bric-a-brac nests. Bring your camera for great shots to take home with your memories of this special place.
2 hour cruise.
Picnic on a Tranquil Beach: We can pack you a scrummy lunch if you wish to explore on your own or we can drop you at one of the many beautiful beaches by boat, so you can enjoy your own piece of paradise. Spend as little or as long as you like, lazing in the sun, swimming, reading a book and unwinding. Perhaps even take a fishing rod and try your luck. When your ready we will return you home.
Sailing: see the stunning waterways that make the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds while enjoy the serenity of sailing.
Ask about options available.
Ph: 03 5734680
Take in Bay: take a stroll around the road into the next bay to the north. You can access the beach from a large car park area and four wheel drive track down the hill. From here you can look up the Kenepuru Sound to the Head of the Sound or through "the gap" down the Sound to the entrance of the Kenepuru. "The gap" or "neck" was cut in 1908 and used as a short cut to save travel around the peninsula to Portage, for the settlers travelling via Torea Bay to Picton. This canal was also used by small launches and the mail boat to save travel and was spanned by a bridge.
30 minutes return
Black Rock Lookout: located along the Queen Charlotte Track toward Punga Cove. There is great views looking back into Picton and up and down the Queen Charlotte Sound.This walk is a gentle climb and weaves in and out of beautiful stands of native bush.
2 hrs return
Mistletoe to Portage: catch a water taxi to Mistletoe bay or Te Mahia bay and walk up to the low Saddle to join the Queen Charlotte Track. This walk includes a lookout point which has fantastic 360 panoramic views over both Sounds to the north and the south. A camera is a must. This is a moderate undulating walk back to the Torea Saddle and very rewarding.
4 hours return
Mount Stokes: is a more challenging walk and the track is rough. It climbs through native bush up into sub-alpine surroundings. Keep a look out for the New Zealand Giant Snail. For best views be sure to pick a good day as the top can be covered in cloud and be prepared for the weather, it can be cold on the top. Mount Stokes is the hight peak in the Marlborough Sounds at 1203 meters.
6 to 7 hours return.
Sea Kayaking and Mountain Biking: by arrangement.
Sea Kayak Adventures (now at Portage Bay) Kayaks & Mountain Bikes
Phone Nat or Aronn
Ph: 03 5742765 (NZ Only) 0800 ANAKIWA (262 5492) Email : http://nzseakayaking.com
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company:
Ph: 03 5736078
Wilderness Guides: (Guided walks)
Ph: 03 5735432
Rates start from
$50.00 NZD per person
(Own Sleeping Bag)
Baggage transfers are included for bags up to 15 kg
no matter what budget you are on:
clean comfortable and stunning views