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Marlborough Sounds Cruise Port

If one of your bucket list items is to visit a cruise port made up of sea-drowned valleys, then a visit to Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand is definitely in order. Located at the north end of NZ's province of Marlborough, their presence has a place in local Maori mythology: the sounds were created from the prows of a sunken canoe (or waka) of a young boy named Aoraki, who was turned to stone by the wind during a voyage (while the rest of the canoe formed the South Island). Two major waterways can be found here, Pelorus Sound near the town of Havelock, and Queen Charlotte Sound near Picton. For more action vs. more nature, the inner sound provides more human-oriented activity; Pelorus is more remote, and some parts of it are only accessible by boat. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand:
  • To see what might initially be invisible to the naked eye, check out the Lochmara Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre. This day trip off the beaten path provides the chance to have "classic kiwi experiences," thanks to fantastic views, native bush walks, local artwork, and a safe beach.
  • For those who want to get their blood pumping, take on the Queen Charlotte Track by foot or by bike. If time allows, traverse the path in three to four days; that path takes you from the historic Ship Cove, all the way to Anakiwa. Here you'll not only get close to nature, but get unparalleled views of the Kenepuru Sounds and Queen Charlotte.
  • Believe it or not, the Marlborough Sounds have some pretty amazing local cheeses. Visit the award-winning Cranky Goat east of Havelock to watch owner Simon Lamb whip up some offerings that give French cheese a run for its money.
  • Fans of mussels will want to catch the Greenshell Mussel Cruise out of Havelock. Sail through the Sounds and enjoy the sights, then visit a local mussel farm for some of the freshest mussels you may ever taste (perfectly paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc).

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