Crossing the Cook Strait from the North to the South Island is like entering a new country. Arriving to the region by sea or air, the intricate detail of the Marlborough Sounds engages the interest immediately.
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 new landscapes and rejuvenating experiences. Marlborough basks in year-round sunshine, providing perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and vineyard explorations.
To the west is the city of Nelson & the stunning Tasman Bay region. This is New Zealand's smallest National Park and offers glorious 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 bird life — during November and December, you're most likely to spot visiting dolphins and orcas playing in the waters.