D'Urville Island & Marlborough Sounds Scenic Tour

Come with us to discover D’Urville Island and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds an incredibly special experience. Stay on D’Urville Island, meet some of the locals, find out about the rich history and what it is like to live this remote island at the outer Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a fishing trip to catch your own dinner and stay three nights on this amazing island. Delight in a day on the water, cruising on the famous Pelorus Mail Boat Cruise overnighting in Havelock, the Green Lipped Mussel Capital of the World, an unforgettable trip.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 

Pick-ups from in and around Blenheim, we drive to Pelorus Bridge for lunch, then we journey to French Pass in the outer Marlborough Sounds to meet our barge that will ferry us across to D’Urville Island then another boat trip to our accommodation for the next three nights, enjoy dinner at the lodge. LD.

Day 2: 

After breakfast at the lodge, we head off to meet our local island guide. Learn about the rich history and what it is like to live on this remote island. Enjoy morning tea and lunch at scenic spots with amazing views before returning to the lodge and time to relax before dinner. B.MT. L.D


Day 3: 

After breakfast we will go on a fishing trip to catch our own lunch! The fishing is rather good and won’t take long, enjoy seeing more of the island from the water. The afternoon is free time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the island. BLD

Day 4: 

After breakfast we catch a boat ride then the barge across to French Pass and the Mainland. You’ll have stunning views of the outer Marlborough Sounds and across to the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay areas as we drive to Havelock, free time to explore the township this afternoon, great little museum to visit, art gallery, cafes, shopping etc, or enjoy the garden setting of our motel, before going out for dinner tonight. BLD

Day 5:

Breakfast at a local cafe before boarding the famous Pelorus Mail Boat cruise. Today you will spend much of the day on the water, enjoy amazing scenery and learning about the history and life of people in the Marlborough Sounds. Returning to shore mid-afternoon and time to relax with a 2nd night stay in Havelock before going out to a seafood restaurant. BLD

Day 6:

This morning we take the scenic drive around the shoreline and bays of the Marlborough Sounds to enjoy a home visit for a chat over morning tea. We will then carry on around the many bush clad bays of Queen Charlotte to Picton where you have some free time to explore the shops. Enjoying a Marlborough winery visit for tastings and a platter of local produce, before your tour ends about 4pm with drop offs as arranged. B MT L

What to Bring
Suitable layered clothing, a light raincoat, light walking shoes, insect repellent, camera, small torch.

From $3050

Per person twin or double share accommodation.

Tour dates:

December 6-11 2021
Feb 9-14 2022

Tour Inclusions​

  • 3 nights’ accommodation on D’Urville Island

  • 2 night’s accommodation in Havelock

  • 5 evening dining experience

  • 5 lunches

  • 5 breakfasts

  • D’Urville Island transfers

  • D’Urville Island fishing trip

  • Pelorus Mail Boat Cruise

  • Marlborough winery lunch.

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