Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds alone has 1000 miles of coastline and together with the Cook Strait area offers some of New Zealand's best diving.This area contains a vast array of marine life and opportunities for divers.



Sandpiper has explored many local spots for diving, whether it be spearfishing, catching crayfish or scallops, diving amongst fur seals or just enjoying a dive amongst the varied seaweeds and fish.



CLIMB Motuara Island peak via an easy pathway, and enjoy the company of the South Island Robin, New Zealand's friendliest bird, in its bush covered sanctuary. 360 degree views are possible over the Sounds from the observation tower above the bushline, on the spot where Captain Cook first raised the British flag on New Zealand soil.

VISIT beautiful Ship Cove, Captain Cook's favourate place and the start of the 67km Queen Charlotte Walkway.

WALK the first section of the track over the hill, sheltered under a canopy of ferns, palms and native bush, and take in the breathtaking views down onto lonely beaches, accompanied only by birdsong.

ARRIVE at Resolution Bay, a "step back in time" resort with its own micro-climate. A sheltered picturesque haven to kayak, snorkel and swim - all equipment provided onboard.

SEA-LIFE and bird-life are abundant in the area ... at any time you may see dolphins, seals, penquins, shags and gannets. Although not often, orca (Killer Whales) have been spotted. Photo opportunities abound.

THE SANDPIPER is comfortable, with plenty of deck area to enjoy the sun and the warm cabin has 360 degree visibility should the day cool off. A hot shower is available for after a swim.

© 2008 Frank and Janice Carre