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Marlborough Sounds

With blue and turquoise waters and forest-lined golden beaches, the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay areas are shining jewels. The area is a haven for walking, sea kayaking, swimming and fishing. The Marlborough Sounds is home to some of New Zealand's finest wineries and no visit to the area is complete without a tour and a tasting of the produce! You may care to have lunch ashore at one of the vineyards and spend an afternoon following the Wine Trail.

A suggested itinerary for Nelson


Day 1
Arrive in Nelson - either by air, coach or self drive. The crew from your yacht will meet you at the airport. Set a course for Boulder Bank, one of the many local natural phenomenon. Dine under the stars and plan the next day's activities.

Day 2
Fishing for dinner could be on the agenda. Anchor only metres from the bushclad shore off tranquil D'Urville Island. Try your hand at waterskiing or windsurfing.

Day 3
Set off towards Abel Tasman National Park. The energetic could try one of two world famous walks, the Abel Tasman National Park Coastal Track or the Heaphy Track.

Day 4
Visit Pupu Springs - the water of these famous springs are the clearest fresh waters in the world. After lunch, cruise to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and get up close and personal with friendly seals and dolphins.


An early start for the three hour cruise back to Musket Cove and your transfer back to Nelson for your connecting Air New Zealand flight.

These are just some of the unique experiences New Zealand and the South Pacific have to offer. Come and explore with Luxury Charters of New Zealand. Step aboard one of our thirteen magnificent yachts and we'll take you on a journey you'll never forget.