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Sea kayak with NZ's oldest sea kayak company & 2007 NZ Tourism Award winner for best leisure activity.

Sea kayak, walk or mountain bike the Marlborough Sounds with 2007 NZ Tourism Award winners for best leisure activity.

We are NZ's oldest sea kayaking company and know the Sounds intimately. Take a guided half, 1 or 3 day trip or hire a sea kayak with a friend and explore the Sounds independently.

4 & 5 day guided and freedom walks on the Queen Charlotte Track featuring hotel style accommodation and pack carrying service.

Mountain bike the track on Specialised Rockhoppers, specially prepared for the rugged track conditions.

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Contact

Email: adventure@marlboroughsounds.co.nz

Website: Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co

Phone: +643 573 6078

Picton / Marlborough Sounds Address:
London Quay, Picton

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23 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Happy camper's avatar

Happy camper

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company organised our walk on the Queen Charlotte track. Everything worked seamlessly from the moment we arrived at their office to the moment we picked up our luggage four days later. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Lesa

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We did a half-day kayak trip on the sound, guided by Lars. He did an excellent job of leading the excursion, from explaining the proper kayaking techniques, to introducing us to the native wildlife, to having great answers to all of our questions. He also did an excellent job keeping the group together. The day we went, the water was slightly rough, and when one kayak was repeatedly struggling, he went so far as to tow them for the last part of the journey. We had a thoroughly fantastic time the whole trip!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Scott Bradley

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great 5 day guided hike (4 days hike, 1 day kayak) on the Queen Charlotte sound. Carry a day pack, they get your bag to each destination by boat. No mishaps. Great trail and views. Lodges and food were excellent. Our guide, Harry, is a kiwi classic!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sebastian Reinhardy

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Kayaking is much fun and can be a nice sport. You have to be a bit lucky with the weather, but it can also be funny with some wind. We had some bad luck, because we have had a whole in our kayak, so we had to stop some hours earlier, but still good equipment.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Dupont

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice to be kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sounds.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Sally

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Hired a kayak for 1/2 day to explore Queen Charlotte Sound. Company very helpful. Unsupervised hire for us.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Elisabeth

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great staff and a great adventure.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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D Collier

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly, personal service, very well organised - really easy.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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megs

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic experience!!! From the equipment, to the guides, to the breathtaking scenery this trip couldn't be faulted. I cannot recommend this company highly enough - they were helpful, friendly and knowledgable... what more could you ask for :).

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in August 2010

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Peter Brown

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Kayaking from Picton to Queen Charlotte Sounds. Equipment was a little frayed & used but this was end of a long season. Guide was excellent & how can you knock the scenery? Would have liked to kayak further out on track.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Joshua Weightman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Imagine the adrenaline of mountain biking and the feeling of being a top a ridge, viewing one of the most spectacular landscapes you could imagine. That's what i had the pleasure of experiencing when i cycled the Queen Charlotte track a week ago, courtesy of MSAC. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, although the uphills are difficult there is no doubt you are rewarded when you get to the top and have a stretch of downhill ahead of you through many different terrains. The whole trip went without a hitch, due to much prior planning and organisation from the MSAC staff. Would do it again any day many thanks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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sue pentelow

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

What a wonderful walk and thanks to the MSAC we had the best time. Accomm and luggage transfers worked well and our daily packaged lunches were great. MSAC offered a package to spend an extra day at the Portage which we spent kyaking around the beautiful coves having a fabulous time. Thanks MSAC great memories.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Heather

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a marvellous experience to walk the Queen Charlotte track. We were well prepared by the excellent staff at MSAC who informed us of what to expect. I had organised the trip for 8 Australians and felt so proud to be able to showcase this spectacular part of my country. From the outset the MSAC staff could not have been more helpful by keeping in touch throughout the year prior to our walk. Even as our numbers increased they worked hard to accommodate us and our individual needs (even to the extent of a gluten/lactose free walker!). We loved the lunch on that first day. Sincere thanks MSAC

Reviewed over 8 years ago

23 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Happy camper's avatar

Happy camper

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company organised our walk on the Queen Charlotte track. Everything worked seamlessly from the moment we arrived at their office to the moment we picked up our luggage four days later. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Lesa's avatar

Lesa

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We did a half-day kayak trip on the sound, guided by Lars. He did an excellent job of leading the excursion, from explaining the proper kayaking techniques, to introducing us to the native wildlife, to having great answers to all of our questions. He also did an excellent job keeping the group together. The day we went, the water was slightly rough, and when one kayak was repeatedly struggling, he went so far as to tow them for the last part of the journey. We had a thoroughly fantastic time the whole trip!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Scott Bradley's avatar

Scott Bradley

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Great 5 day guided hike (4 days hike, 1 day kayak) on the Queen Charlotte sound. Carry a day pack, they get your bag to each destination by boat. No mishaps. Great trail and views. Lodges and food were excellent. Our guide, Harry, is a kiwi classic!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sebastian Reinhardy's avatar

Sebastian Reinhardy

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Kayaking is much fun and can be a nice sport. You have to be a bit lucky with the weather, but it can also be funny with some wind. We had some bad luck, because we have had a whole in our kayak, so we had to stop some hours earlier, but still good equipment.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Dupont's avatar

Dupont

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice to be kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sounds.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

Sally's avatar

Sally

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Hired a kayak for 1/2 day to explore Queen Charlotte Sound. Company very helpful. Unsupervised hire for us.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2012

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Elisabeth's avatar

Elisabeth

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Great staff and a great adventure.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

D Collier's avatar

D Collier

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly, personal service, very well organised - really easy.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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megs's avatar

megs

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a fantastic experience!!! From the equipment, to the guides, to the breathtaking scenery this trip couldn't be faulted. I cannot recommend this company highly enough - they were helpful, friendly and knowledgable... what more could you ask for :).

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in August 2010

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Peter Brown

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Kayaking from Picton to Queen Charlotte Sounds. Equipment was a little frayed & used but this was end of a long season. Guide was excellent & how can you knock the scenery? Would have liked to kayak further out on track.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Joshua Weightman's avatar

Joshua Weightman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Imagine the adrenaline of mountain biking and the feeling of being a top a ridge, viewing one of the most spectacular landscapes you could imagine. That's what i had the pleasure of experiencing when i cycled the Queen Charlotte track a week ago, courtesy of MSAC. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, although the uphills are difficult there is no doubt you are rewarded when you get to the top and have a stretch of downhill ahead of you through many different terrains. The whole trip went without a hitch, due to much prior planning and organisation from the MSAC staff. Would do it again any day many thanks.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

sue pentelow's avatar

sue pentelow

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

What a wonderful walk and thanks to the MSAC we had the best time. Accomm and luggage transfers worked well and our daily packaged lunches were great. MSAC offered a package to spend an extra day at the Portage which we spent kyaking around the beautiful coves having a fabulous time. Thanks MSAC great memories.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Heather's avatar

Heather

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a marvellous experience to walk the Queen Charlotte track. We were well prepared by the excellent staff at MSAC who informed us of what to expect. I had organised the trip for 8 Australians and felt so proud to be able to showcase this spectacular part of my country. From the outset the MSAC staff could not have been more helpful by keeping in touch throughout the year prior to our walk. Even as our numbers increased they worked hard to accommodate us and our individual needs (even to the extent of a gluten/lactose free walker!). We loved the lunch on that first day. Sincere thanks MSAC

Reviewed over 8 years ago