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    Steppes Travel is made by the people who work here. Incredible holidays are made possible because of their vast travel experience and the great enthusiasm they bring to their work.

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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Nelson and Marlborough

Marlborough basks in year-round sunshine, providing perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and vineyard explorations.

Crossing the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands is like entering a new country and arriving into Marlborough by sea or air, the intricate detail of the Marlborough Sounds is spectacular.

For centuries, Marlborough has offered safe harbour to travellers. First to Maori traders and war parties; then to European explorers, such as Captain James Cook and Dumont D’Urville; and now to visitors seeking glorious landscapes and exceptional food and wine.

Split Apple Rock Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman, New Zealand

To the west is the city of Nelson & the stunning Tasman Bay region. This is New Zealand’s smallest National Park and offers idyllic golden beaches which can be easily explored by sea kayak, on foot or by boat. Also, a wonderful area to discover a diverse range of marine and birdlife; during November and December, you’re most likely to spot visiting dolphins and orcas playing in the waters.

Experiences

Wine Tasting by Bike

Cycle between vineyards sampling award-winning pinot noir.

Marlborough Sounds

Board the ferry and cross the Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

Vineyards and Crayfish

Cycle around vineyards, stopping for a crayfish lunch.

Kayaking in Abel Tasman

Sea kayak in the crystal clear waters of the Abel Tasman National Park, following a coastline of golden beaches and lush rainforest.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bay of Many Coves £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique
  • Wilderness

Bay of Many Coves is an elegant waterfront retreat, nestled within 52 hectares of native bush, on the shores of a hidden cove, deep in the Marlborough Sounds. The 11 contemporary bungalow apartments blend effortlessly with their surroundings, all with views across the aquamarine bay. Facilities include a small heated outdoor pool plus a day spa as well as a wonderful restaurant serving fresh seasonal produce with award-winning wines from the region.

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Raetihi Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand

Raetihi Lodge is nestled amidst native bush in a secluded bay in Marlborough Sounds. The 14 charming rooms are located either on the hillside, overlooking the gardens or with sea views. Take to the peaceful waterways with complimentary use of kayaks and fishing rods or explore nearby trails on foot or by bike. Alternatively relax in the sauna, spa pool or indulge in a massage.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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