Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co started with two Outward Bound instructors in 1989 and is the oldest adventure tourism business in Marlborough, and one of the oldest in NZ. The company is owned and operated by Sara Archdale and Dave Watson who bought the business in August 1995, after 10 years travelling and working in the UK, Europe and Australia.
We have been Marlborough locals for the last 23 years, residing in both Picton and Blenheim, before moving to Christchurch in 2018. We now operate the business in conjunction with Mina Kingma, our General Manager, and a team of guides and base crew.
Sara and Dave have always had a strong focus on building a sustainable tourism business, understanding that life is never simple and running any business has it challenges. Over the last 25 years we have experienced the loss of two children, drought, fire, earthquakes and now a global pandemic. We are proud of the fact that through it all we, along with our team, continue to deliver a consistently outstanding adventure holiday in the Marlborough Sounds. A priority for us is that your holiday is easy to book, comprehensive and complete. Our experiences can be as adventurous or as restful as you want it to be, in this beautiful place that we have called home for many years.
For 2020, you will see more of Sara & Dave as they return to the business, and work with Mina to deliver outstanding adventures under the ever changing environment created by Covid19. We can’t wait to show you around a place that is very dear to our hearts, and we know you will enjoy this adventurers paradise as much as we do.