3 Day Ultimate Sounds Adventure Marlborough Sounds

Come on an incredible guided multi-day, multi-adventure journey through the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

On the “3 Day Ultimate Sounds Adventure” you’ll spend one day hiking, one day sea kayaking, and another day mountain biking in the beauty and magic of the Marlborough Sounds. At night, rest and relax in the peaceful surroundings of Portage Resort Hotel.

88Your guide will ensure that you are able to enjoy each day in safety and travel at your own pace.

Departs Picton at 8.00am on Day One

Returns to Picton at 4.30pm on Day Three

Day 1

Walking (approximately 5 hours)

Ship Cove History PanelsDeparting on an 8.00am water taxi from Picton we travel for an hour up the Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove in the Outer-Queen Charlotte Sound and the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. Ship Cove is one of the most historic areas in the Sounds. Captain James Cook visited the cove five times during his world journeys, due to the prolific supply of fresh water, timber and scurvy grass for his crew. The area is surrounded by bountiful virgin bush and the walk to the top of the ridge provides spectacular views. The track travels from Ship Cove through native virgin bush, down into Resolution Bay and then Endeavour Inlet. Arriving at Furneaux Lodge, you catch a water taxi down the Queen Charlotte Sound to Torea Bay and arrive at Portage Resort Hotel for the evening.

The standard accommodation on this trip is twin share in Hillside Suites.

Dine in the restaurant or Snapper Bar, and then rest and relax in the magic surroundings of Keneperu Sound.

Day 2

Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking KenepururA leisurely day’s sea kayaking in the Kenepuru Sound.

As you paddle from the Portage foreshore on the Kenepuru Sound, you may visit a mussel farm, paddle past a ship wreck from a bygone era, or experience a chance encounter with dolphins.

You will have time to stop on a tranquil beach where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch, go for a swim or a short bush walk before paddling back to Portage Resort Hotel.

Day 3

Mountain Biking
(approximately 4 hours)

Stunning views on Queen Charlotte Track

Stunning views on Queen Charlotte Track

Today ride you ride the Queen Charlotte Track from Peppers Portage to Anakiwa. This track is regarded as one of New Zealand’s “sweetest” mountain bike rides.

The section from Portage to Mistletoe is for experience mountain bikers with a steep uphill climb and switchbacks on descents. (There are alternative options for this section)

Travelling around Mistletoe Bay, the track is narrow and undulating. From the headland, you descend into a wider more moderate section through magnificent beech forest before a long descent into Anakiwa.

At the end of the ride, return by water taxi to Picton.

It is recommended that you do have a moderate amount of mountain biking experience, preferably on single track, to enjoy this ride. If you lack single track experience, then you may like to ride the Kenepuru road from Portage to Mistletoe Bay. Your guide will talk you through this section and your options whist you are on the trip.

Your safety

It is important that you understand that while your guide will endeavour to maximise your safety, unlike sea kayaking and walking where the chance of injury is minimal, there is a risk you could fall off your mountain bike and injure yourself.

Prices for 2015/16 (valid 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2016)

$995 per person for a twin share ensuite courtyard room (subject to availability)
$1095 per person for a twin share ensuite hillside room (subject to availability)

This includes:

  • all your water transfers
  • your guide
  • all your equipment
  • your accommodation in a Courtyard or Hillside Suite at Portage Resort Hotel
  • a delicious packed lunch each day
  • your Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass

Single supplements do apply to single travelers wishing to stay in en-suite accommodation. These are an additional $195 per person in a courtyard room, or $265 per person in a hillside room .

November 2015 to April 2016
November  4 11 18 25
December 2 9 16 22 29
January 6 13 20 27  
February 3 10 17 24
March 2 9 16 22 30
April 6 13

Other dates may be available on request.

We recommend that you book this trip at least least four weeks prior to departure to be sure of availability.

However, if you are travelling within this time frame, do give us a call as there may be availability.

You need to bring:

  • T-shirt
  • Shorts
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Walking boots or running shoes
  • Rain coat
  • Warm clothing for the evening
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bath/swim towel.
  • Your breakfast and dinner can be purchased at the resort.

All luggage is transferred by water taxi each day.

How fit do I need to be?

You should be of moderate fitness to enjoy this trip. Each day you will be undertaking about four or five hours’ activity. The pace is gentle and you can go as fast or as slow as you wish.

Why do we need a guide on this trip?

Because there are a lot of different equipment and logistical arrangements associated with this trip, your guide is not only there to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip, but also to assist with the set-up for each day. If you prefer to move at a quicker pace than the rest of the group, then you are welcome to go ahead and meet up with the group at designated points along the way. Likewise you may prefer to stay with the guide and enjoy their company and make the most of their knowledge.

How much mountain biking experience do I need?

We recommend that you have at least ridden some single tracks before. Just being able to ride a bike will not be sufficient experience to negotiate the track. Your guide will assist you with how to ride this section of the track, but they cannot prevent you from falling off and hurting yourself, therefore you do require some mountain biking experience to enjoy this part of the trip.

What is the accommodation like?

The twin share en-suite option in the Courtyard Rooms have no sea view.
The twin share en-suite option is in the Hillside Rooms have a sea view.

What cooking facilities are there?

With the twin-share rooms, you need to dine in either the bar or the restaurant for each meal. A packed lunch is included each day as part of the package.

How much are the meals at Portage Resort Hotel?

They range from around $15-20 for a bar meal, and up to $35 for a main meal in the restaurant.