Water Activities in Marlborough

Marlborough is a wonderful area with so many things on offer, from the Marlborough Sounds and valleys that are home to all kinds of wildlife to Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus sounds, which can be explored by boat, ferry, luxury charter launch or kayak from Picton or Havelock. Experience the real charm of the sounds with guided tour boats, adventure activities, or even the friendly dolphins!

Motuara Island by Ron Knight


Motuara Island

Cruising on a half-day tour in the scenic Marlbourogh Sounds, and enjoying the Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. During the cruise you will have views of the sea life as well, as dolphins, fur seals and seabirds live in this environment. You will have about one hour at Motuara Island for a walk. Either walk and enjoy by yourself or go with an experienced and knowledgeable guide and explore the Island.

Photo courtesy of Ron Knight.

Motuara Island

The alien world

Deep Sea Diving

Go on an adventurous dive with tour guides and divers with abundant experience and knowledge about the best dive sites in and around the Marlborough Sounds. Discover some of the world's best shipwreck sites, such as the Russian cruise liner, Mikhail Lermontov, or the wreck of the Hippalos, a 120-year-old wooden barque.

Photo courtesy of Ruth Hartnup.

Deep Sea Diving

Whale Watch

Photo courtesy of Pulv.

Whale Watch


Photo courtesy of Sid Mosdell.

Jet Ski

Photo courtesy of Ari Bakker.