The Serenity of the Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds Travel Blog

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Our boat Sabina at Hitaua Bay

All of these photos are of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. The Interisland ferry arrives at the Tory Channel and cruises up the queen Charlotte Sound to Picton about 5 times a day. The InerIsland Ferry travels between Picton in the South Island and Wellington in the North Island.

There are thousands of small bays and inlets within the Sounds. Most of the native bush has long gone; burnt off to allow farming years ago. Now days not a lot of farming is done and alot of the hillsides are reverting to native plants again. The farming that is done is Mussel Farms, hundreds of black plastic mussel bouys dot the Sounds, from these hang long ropes that mussels attach to and grow in the pristine clean fresh waters, and are regularily harvested and sold to provide Green Lip Mussels that the Marlborough Sounds are famous for. Bird life is also increasing along with the bush. There are also King Shags, birds that are found no where else but in the sounds, these nest on rocky out crops at the end of the Sounds.

Fishing is not so good as it used to be, but still one can catch a blue cod of good size if one tries hard enough and is patient.

The best way to enjoy these peaceful sheltered waters is in a small boat just drifting along listening to the lovely bell birds song coming across the water. Almost heaven. You relax and enjoy the peace and serenity and feel refreshed.

Enjoy.

Sunflower300 says:
You write beautifully. I crossed on the ferry many years ago, I would love to have the time to come back and really explore the area, you make it sount perfect (which I know it is :)).
Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
cmgervais says:
Nice photo series!
Posted on: Mar 23, 2008
hummingbird50 says:
Great photos...makes me want to go there and relax...I can small the sea air ahhhh......
Posted on: Mar 12, 2008
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Our boat Sabina at Hitaua Bay
Our boat Sabina at Hitaua Bay
Auzzie Bay, Queen Charlotte Sounds
Auzzie Bay, Queen Charlotte Sounds
Ferry coming into Tory Channel
Ferry coming into Tory Channel
The glassy calm waters of the Marl…
The glassy calm waters of the Mar…
Hitaua Bay in Tory Channel, Marlbo…
Hitaua Bay in Tory Channel, Marlb…
Erle Filleting fish Te Pangu Bay.
Erle Filleting fish Te Pangu Bay.
Rushing mountain stream Resolution…
Rushing mountain stream Resolutio…
Moatapu Bay NZ ferns.
Moatapu Bay NZ ferns.
Moatapu Bay
Moatapu Bay
Schoolhouse Bay, one of the most b…
Schoolhouse Bay, one of the most …
A good catch of Blue cod and red P…
A good catch of Blue cod and red …
Our small boat at Ruakauka Bay for…
Our small boat at Ruakauka Bay fo…
Sunset glow over Lockmara Bay
Sunset glow over Lockmara Bay
Arriving Lockmara Bay.
Arriving Lockmara Bay.
The other side of Lockmara Bay.
The other side of Lockmara Bay.
Misletoe Bay
Misletoe Bay
Returning to Picton
Returning to Picton
Marlborough Sounds
photo by: glennisnz