Marlborough Sounds Winter Escape

Pop across the Tasman for a sojourn in the Sounds, not too far and yet worlds away.

In just a few hours you’ll be in the ‘coolest little capital’ in the world, Wellington. A compact little city buzzing with chic eateries, drinking establishments, all in a charming harbour setting.

You get yourself to Wellington we take care of everything else  – from the moment you retrieve your bag from the carousel, we’ve got a driver waiting  to transfer you to the Bolton Hotel for an overnight stay  (optional) – get a little city injection before your three nights in the tranquility of the  Sounds.

The “Kaitaki Plus Lounge” on the Interislander ferry taking you from the North Island to the South, is where you spend the next morning, on a comfy couch with a cooked breakfast, hot and cold drinks, reading material, free wifi and of course wine or beer for elevenses, all while the views of the Wellington Harbour,  wind farms and the Cook Strait wash past. Once you enter the narrow Tory Channel you feel like you can reach out and touch the sides of the valleys and mountains of the Queen Charlotte Sound. If you don’t see a couple of playful dolphins on this cruise, you are likely to on your Watertaxi transfer out to the Resort, just 30 minutes by fast boat and you’ll be in your apartment sipping Taittinger Champagne on your private balcony overlooking Arthur’s Bay by 2pm.

Once you’ve recovered from the breathtaking views and peace of it all, get out and jump on a paddle board (with wetsuit if equilibrium is an issue) or for a potentially dryer experience, sit in one of our sea-kayaks and check out the local marine life including fur seals and little blue penguins. Even more stable still, a row in the restored clinker dinghy to explore the nearby rock-face where spotted shags (or cormorants) have set up residence.

Try your luck with Captain Mark on an inner-sounds  fishing charter  – fresh blue cod for supper! Our Chefs will take pleasure in pan frying, sashimi’ing, batter-ing and marinating your proud catch.

When you’ve finished on the water, take to the hills, our 52 hectares of native bush is deserving of exploration. A hike up to the look-out for spectacular views at nearly 400meters above sea-level, take on a section of the nearby Queen Charlotte Track or a stroll to the waterfall, where the drop is impressive . The hardy can sneak back in the dark to check out the glow-worm display here too.

You will need to make time in this busy schedule for lazing on the loungers by the pool in the winter sunshine, soaking in the hot tub under the sky-full of stars, devouring a gourmet lunch platter (complimentary if you mention this blog) in the privacy of your apartment with wicked water-views, and surrendering to a pampering session in the Miritu Day Spa where Richelle will rejuvenate you. There’ll be time to join in a Sauvignon Blanc tasting, special reserve wines from our special region, pre-dinner with your hosts.

This is all once you’ve wallowed in the delights of breakfast, home-made carrot, ginger and apple juice or a detoxifying  beetroot blast, fresh-ground allpress ‘fair’ coffee beans, a range of Tleaf teas in eighteen different flavours from licorice to Moroccan mint and that’s just the refreshments. On the plate you can choose from dim sums or croissants, eggs benedict or black pudding, field mushrooms, Rosti and free-range eggs or delectable crunchy home-made granola with seasonal fruits.

A degustation dinner is highly recommended, imagine tamarind, witloof and spanner crab or oysters and pearls with citrus and tapioca, washed down with a 2009 Seresin  Chardonnay  – elegant and organic; or Lamb Rack – New Zealand finest lamb from Twin Rivers – where THEY choose to list their high quality product on OUR menu and not the other way around!

After three blissful sleeps and bird-song mornings, it will be time for a scenic flight across the Cook Strait on Sounds Air, seeing the coastline in its web of bays, inlets and coves from the air is a spectacle to behold …. A quick 15 minutes or so and you’re back at the airport in Wellington.


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