The Marlborough Sounds are a truly iconic New Zealand playground and have been playing host to holiday makers for over 100 years. The labyrinth of waterways formed by semi-submerged mountains is a peaceful and scenic region to explore.
Raetihi Lodge is tucked away on the Kenepuru Sound and whether you chose to arrive by road or by water your journey will be a scenic one. From Picton a water transfer takes around 45 minutes whilst from Havelock (perfect if you are driving across from Nelson) the journey takes 30 minutes. For the ultimate sense of arrival why not indulge in a seaplane from Picton or even helicopter in, the lodge has its own helipad. Raetihi is on the water's edge and offers comfortable accommodation in a very natural and unspoilt location. There are 14 rooms comprising hillside, garden and seaview - in a location such as this we would recommend the water view rooms every time. These are spacious, well-appointed rooms with private decks where you can relax and soak up the scenery. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in the waterfront dining room and as you would expect features an ever changing menu of local produce and the abundant fresh seafood. Picnic lunches are also available enabling you to head out and explore.
This marine playground is a hive of water based activities from fishing, swimming, sailing and diving to kayaking and scenic cruises through the famed green-lipped mussel beds. The region plays host to an abundance of wildlife and a half day on the dolphin swimming cruise (you can just go as an observer if you want) is an ideal way to get up close and personal with an array of wildlife. The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks' and most people walk the whole track in 4 days but day sections of the walk are easily accessible and offer a great way to get a real taste for the region.
Location Marlborough Sounds, South Island
Season Mid-October to April
Rooms 14 Rooms
Activities Hiking, sailing, kayaking, yachting, and dolphin cruises, swimming, wine tours.
Suitable for Best suited to couples and independent travellers.
Prices may vary according to season, room type & special offers. Please contact us for details.