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Cruise Marlborough Sounds

Exclusive Charter

 Marlborough Sounds evokes excitement and interest for most of us. Join us on this private charter where we will extensively explore the region including many shore excursions. 

We visit all three of the main Sounds - Queen Charlotte, Pelorus and Kenepuru along with d’Urville Island, French Pass and the Tory Channel. You will get to go ashore and visit historical Ships Cove. Captain James Cook visited this spot five times on his voyages to this part of the world. 

The opportunity to walk part of the Queen Charlotte Walkaway is available and then of course we will visit a conservation island with its prolific birdlife. Kayak and fishing equipment are available onboard. 

The Heritage Explorer was built in New Zealand.  The vessel is very comfortable with a spacious lounge and bar area.  Every cabin has private facilities. All meals, house drinks and shore excursions are included.

There are 10 cabins and maximum group size is 18.

Your travel itinerary

Friday 08 November

Auckland – Blenheim - Picton - Embark

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Depart on an Air New Zealand flight. On arrival we head to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre to look around the rare collection of aircraft and have lunch before transferring to Picton to board the Heritage Explorer. The captain and expedition team will be waiting to welcome you aboard and show you to your cabin. 

You will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself on board. This afternoon we set sail along Queen Charlotte Sounds. 

Saturday 09 November

& Sunday 10 Queen Charlotte Sound

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Two full days exploring the waterways and islands of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Opportunities to head ashore, walk a section of the Queen Charlotte Walkway, search for birdlife on the predator free islands. A visit to Tory Channel, brings its whaling history to life; Ships Cove and Captain Cook’s memorial, Blumine Island where the translocation of several rare bird specie includes the once widespread Orange fronted Parakeet, now New Zealand’s rarest


Monday 11 November

d’Urville Island

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We sail through the iconic French Pass with the fastest tidal flow in the country and follow the wake of French Explorer Dumont d’Urville.

Then explore the island ‘now predator free’ named in his honour. Dolphins and New Zealand Fur Seals are frequently seen in the waters that surround the island, it was here that Pelorus Jack who famously stole the nation’s heart, guided ships across the dangerous waters of Cook Strait between 1888 / 1912.

Tuesday 12 November

& Wednesday 13 Pelorus Sound

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Pelorus Sound is the largest in the Marlborough Sounds its main channel winds some 55 picturesque kilometres from Cook Strait to Havelock. Today we will explore Nydia Bay and the more active will be able to enjoy the walking part of the Nydia Track. We then head to Ngawhakawhiti Bay where it’s possible to get a glimpse of what the Sounds would have been like before the native forest was cleared. On the final night we will enjoy a farewell dinner. 


Thursday 14 November

Disembark Havelock- Blenheim - Auckland

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This morning we arrive at Havelock, after a final breakfast and farewells, a transfer takes you to Blenheim airport for the return flight to Auckland or your alternative destination.


• Return flights from Auckland to Blenheim (Other centres on request)

• Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and  lunch

• Landing fees 

• Pre/post cruise transfers 

• 6 nights onboard Heritage Explorer in a state room of your choice. 

• All meals and house drinks onboard

• All expedition shore excursions.

• Kayaks and Fishing equipment 

• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 16 passengers travelling 



Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Royal Suite   $7,992   N/A
 Salvin’s Stateroom   $6,997   $11,999
 Buller’s Stateroom   $5,950   On application
 Wandering Stateroom   N/A   $7,875

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Travel Insurance

• Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is required to secure your place on the tour.

• Full payment is due 09 August 2024

• Bookings made after 09 August 2024  – full payment at time of booking


• Deposit – non-refundable

• Full payment – non-refundable

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants take out suitable travel Insurance to cover cancellation costs.Please ask for a quote.


General Information

• Please note there is limited cell phone coverage during the cruise

• It is recommended that you bring good walking shoes which are ideal for stomping around the beaches and bush.

Health and Mobility

A good standard of health and fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to walk unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs. 

Please arrive healthy , fit and ready to travel. 

Ship Information

The ‘Heritage Explorer’

The state-of-the-art technology provides a comfortable expedition ship with high performance dual Scania 653 horsepower engines capable of 10 knots, bow thrusters, fin stabilisers, full air-conditioning, sound attenuated twin generators and a hydraulic aft ramp, while a comprehensive navigation package ensures the ultimate Kiwi adventure awaits all guests.

Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht

Expedition Staff & Crew: 5

Guests: 18

Cabins: 10

Length: 30m

Breadth: 7.8m

Draft: 1.93m

Gross Tonnage: 76.1gt

Engine: 653 horsepower

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

Tenders: 2


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* Itinerary subject to change