• Marlborough Sounds

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

As we head into our New Zealand summer, I wanted to share with you a very special place worth including on your New Zealand Holiday.

Bay of Many Coves is a five star resort nestled in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island.    It offers resort style accommodation, world class cuisine, breath-taking scenery for those that want to simply relax, plus a range of outdoor activities for the adventurous.

Its remote location means getting there is just part of the experience – take a water taxi from Picton or to fully experience the region and its natural beauty I’d suggest joining a Seafood Odyssea Cruise.  Onboard you’ll sample local fresh seafood from salmon, clams and mussels with a glass of our very own Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.  And all while you cruise out through the sounds to the secluded Bay of Many Coves.

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

View from Bay of Many Coves

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

View from the Kereru Suite

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

Kereru Suite

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

View from Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary

Where to visit on your New Zealand Holiday

Kakariki Yellow Crowned Parakeet, Motuara Island

The property’s location includes landscapes of untouched native bush that extends down to the water’s edge that offers a peaceful sanctuary feeling along with the spectacular views from anywhere on the resort.  There is a range of rooms available including the one, two and three bedroom apartments which are all light, stylish, spacious and well appointed with luxurious home comforts.  Their premium Kereru Suite offers two bedrooms with superbly appointed décor and large balconies, it also provides you with total privacy with a privately gated entrance to both the suite and the spacious spa deck.

Simply relax and enjoy the view from your very own haven or step outside onto the Queen Charlotte Track for a walk on this internationally renowned track.   Or spend the day at the resort – swimming in the bay or pool, enjoy a massage at the spa or explore the bay by their fleet of sea kayaks and paddleboards.  Other lodge activities include fishing, cruising and swimming with the dolphins.

If you are looking to discover the outer bays, then visit Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, which is a safe haven for many rare species including the Saddleback, Bush Robin and Yellow Crowned Kakariki.  After a short cruise to the Island, you are greeted with birdsong, wooden nestling boxes for little blue penguins and fantails that follow you up the track, to a viewing platform offering spectacular views all over the Sounds.

At the end of the day, settle in for dinner at the Foredeck Restaurant where you will be treated to an outstanding a’la carte fine dining experience.  Or take in an expertly wine matched degustation dinner – which is not to be missed!

If you are in New Zealand for a few weeks and travelling from North to South or visa versa, then Bay of Many Coves is the perfect place to stop for two or three nights, before continuing on with the rest of your New Zealand Holiday.

For more details and package pricing – Contact us at Inspired New Zealand Travel.


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Contact Details

Phone Us
+64 3 3555 990
+64 21 461 971

Our Physical Address
21 Verona Place, Ohoka
Christchurch 7692
New Zealand

Our Postal Address
PO Box 36437, Merivale
Christchurch 8146
New Zealand


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Terms & Conditions

Booking Terms & Conditions:


All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars and includes 15% GST (Goods & Services Tax).


Pricing is subject to availability and confirmation of the stated itinerary at time of booking.  If we are unable to confirm the stated hotels and services, we will endeavour to confirm substitutes at similar rates, however additional costs may apply.

Rental Car Terms & Conditions:

Inclusions: unlimited kilometres, airport/ferry collection fee, full insurance (subject to reduced excess), front windscreen cover, personal accident insurance, guaranteed replacement vehicle in case of accident.

Exclusions: insurance excess reduction of $345.00 including GST (note, standard insurance excess is $3,450.00 including GST), bond, petrol costs, one way fee ($57.50), optional extras, (all additional expenses to be paid direct)

Payment Policy

We do require a non-refundable deposit of NZD$250.00 per person before we go ahead with securing any reservations.

In addition, some of our suppliers may require further deposits to cover their strict cancellation policies, in this case we would advise you at the time of quoting and confirming your itinerary.

The balance of your booking would be required 45 days prior to your travel date.   If you book inside 45 days, full payment would be required at time of booking.

Payment can be made by electronic wire transfer and should include the additional NZD $25.00 bank fee.   We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

Bank Account Details

Bank Name & Address: Westpac Bank, Mid City Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Account Name: Inspired New Zealand Travel

BSB Number: 03-0296

Account Number: 0011146-000

Swift/Routing Code: WPACNZ2W 


We are happy to amend your itinerary and dates, however please keep in mind that some of the original services may not be available for your new dates, which may incur additional costs for substituted services.   Amendment fees may apply with multiple changes.

Cancellation Fees

Once Confirmed               Non-refundable Deposit of NZD $250.00 per person

Inside 45 – 21 Days          A Cancellation fee of 30% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 20 – 8 days             A Cancellation fee of 50% of your total booking value will apply, along with any cancellation fees applied by our accommodation, sightseeing and other providers.

Inside 7 Days                      Full Cancellations, 100% charge

We will however do our very best to recover and minimise these cancellation fees but recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to cover yourself.


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