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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
Split Apple Rock, Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Exploring the area

To the west is the city of Nelson & the stunning Tasman Bay region. Abel Tasman National Park 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.


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Wine Tasting by Bike

Cycle between the vineyards of Marlborough sampling award-winning pinot noir before stopping for a crayfish lunch.

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Marlborough Sounds

Board the ferry and cross the Cook Strait through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. Cruise through 150 kilometres of coastline with forested hills sloping down to sandy bays and tiny islets.

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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.

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Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Bay of Many Coves £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique

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.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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