Marlborough Sound Adventures

Trip Days Ports of Call Dates
180 10 Wellington and Picton or Nelson Feb 14 - Feb 24, 2017
Wellington is in my opinion the best city in New Zealand. Hip and cool with great restaurants, museums and nightlife and a very historical sailing port Wellington makes a great start to the journey. With decent weather we'll navigate the short but sometimes treacherous Cook Strait and begin the the gunkholing adventure in the phantasmic Queen Charlotte and Marlborough Sounds. On charts the area looks very similar to the British Colombia version in Canada with the same name. Long fjords and literally uncountable bays (one area is called "Bay of Many Coves") moving just a few hundred meters will give you an entirely different view. With tropical looking water and quaint pubs and small ports of call, and an endless array of land excursions, the kiting will be all bonus on this one.

"A childhood spent at the top of the South Island, with most holidays featuring a sandfly infested awning and a gold pan for fun, the beauty of my home island was somewhat lost on me. Not so now. Obsessed with all things outdoors including hiking, mountain biking and wildlife-watching, I now realise that New Zealand’s South Island is a truly special place to be. Its coastline, mountain ranges, valleys and plains present endless adventure regardless of your interests or ability, enriched by unique natural history and colourful stories from both M?ori and colonial times." -- Lonely Planet. Read more:

Getting there: Book your international flights into and out of Auckland, then either make your way overland to Wellington via bus or car if you want to see some of the sights (Napier and Hastings on the East coast if you like wine, Raglan on the west if you want some surf, or right down the middle if you want to visit Mordor, from the Lord of the Rings in Lake Taupo), or if you're short on time, a quick domestic flight with Air New Zealand is quick and easy.

THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE to NON MEMBERS! It's not often we have cabins available to non-members of the Quest so this is your chance to experience what this incredible expedition is all about. Cabin prices (two person occupancy) start at $7400.00 USD. Enquire here.


  • Fun and hip Wellington
  • Gunkholing dream land
  • Islands and more islands!
  • One of the best wine regions on the planet
  • SUPER beautiful!


  • Can BLOW down here
  • Potentially rough Cook Strait
  • Unstable weather


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Cabin 1 - Guest - Guests: Guest
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Cabin 4 - Guest - Guests: Guest