One of our most popular experiences at the Bay of Many Coves would have to be the Lady Karen Cruise.

Srbd planNothing beats a cruise through the  beautiful bays of the Marlborough Sounds aboard ‘Lady Karen’, a 43’ Kauri twin engine launch, built in 1957.

gordys boat


The Lady Karen offers complete comfort and style, so sit back relax and soak up the scenery.

Clay BirdExploring the labyrinth of bays and inlets, watch the seabirds swoop and dive, swing past the salmon farm and check out basking seals or try your hand at skeet shooting.  Alternatively, simply put the anchor down and soak up the Sounds experience.

scallops-001 Drop a line down and try your luck for a tasty blue cod, or dredge for some succulent scallops (cooked fresh on board by your skipper of course.)



Take one or two on board kayaks and visit the shore. Your Captain and Host, Gordon, will ensure a journey of entertainment, knowledge, fine hospitality and great memories never to be forgotten.  Gordy cruise-001

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More than a Massage

Indulge Miritu Style

A Champagne foot-soak, a warm Pinot Noir body mask, rich in mineral clay followed by an exfoliation and massage for two blissful hours, culminating in a sip of the real thing. That is the “Touches of Taittinger’ Vinotherapie treatment.  Full of detoxifying properties, before you indulge again!

When you spoil yourself with a treatment at the Miritu Day spa at the Bay of Many Coves – you emerge a rejuventaed person. Whether it be an Ear-Candling, an Indian Head Massage, an aromatherapy Sports Massage or your own combination creation.

For the Men, our Spa has carefully tailored some treatments to please – the “Tribal Tones” is a magic 90 minute combination of exfoliation, deep tissue massage and more – or try the Seafarer’s Restoration Therapy and the Executive Foot treatment for Men ……

For those wanting to beautify,  our talented therapist, Richelle, is also a master in manicures and pedicures with chic OPI products – or tint the eye brows or lashes and wax those areas before lounging by the pool.

Our Manuka Honey inspired ‘Skin Deep’ products are just wonderful for the face and our express or full Facials are so revitalising. There is even an option for adding on vaporization & microdermabrasion.

The smooth stones collected from the local Rarangi Beach, are used in our class Hot stone massage – or if you’ve done a major hike around our grounds get a deep tissue pummeling, or try the more traditional Maori massage or the LomiLomi style.

“The Flight of the Kereru’ is another indulgent combination treatment which will leave you floating. So much to choose from – you might need more than one go at the spa!

Miritu’ – the meaning;  The lodge at the Bay of Many Coves is in Arthur’s Bay, within the Bay of Many coves which is also known as ‘miritu’ bay. Decades ago a gentleman who farmed the bay called the area Miritu. Whilst there is no official Maori translation, local Maori link it with ‘hanging cliffs’ or ‘hanging gardens’. Interestingly ‘miri’ in Maori is ‘massage’ and ‘tu’ means standing. You will find ‘Miritu’ on the Marine Charts in the guest Lounge.



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Gourmet Getaway at the ‘Top of the South’

Two inspirational Executive Chefs, two iconic properties, two luxury experiences. One cool package. Escape BadgeFor a limited time, we are offering an indulgent escape at both Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses (Kaikoura) plus the Bay of Many Coves (Marlborough).

With just less than two hours drive between the properties (and a short boat ride to the Bay) both Lodges offer comfort, all the little luxuries you could desire, magic views, professional and friendly service and a break away to remember – and of course an epicurean experience.

Kaikoura and Picton are easily accessible by train, boat, road or air – from the main hubs of Wellington and Christchurch. We can assist with getting between the properties if you do not have a vehicle.

chch to kaikoura to wellington  seal

The local Seresin winery has partnered with us and their organic/biodynamic wines will be included during your stay. Their range of wines is extensive and in their words, their wine is of Passion, Grace and Spirit. What more needs to be said. hapuku

Hapuku Lodge specialises in local seafood, venison and organic produce fresh from their own garden In the Sounds, seafood is also a given, clams, mussels, oysters, salmon and blue cod is just the start, along with wild meats and offerings from our greenhouse. Of course any specific dietary requirements are easily catered for at both Lodges.

With all the gorgeous food on offer, you’ll want to take on some activities, and both Lodges have plenty of options available; from the iconic whale watching, seal swimming off the Kaikoura coast and the Maori Experience to the cruising, sailing, fishing, hiking, kayaking and more in the Marlborough Sounds. It is highly recommended, however, to sit back and relax, soak up the serenity of both Lodges, and indulge in some pampering and rejuvenation in the Miritu Day Spa.

resort in the winter sunKaikoura means ‘meal of crayfish’ (kai – food/meal, kōura – crayfish) so you’ll want to partake in this delicious regional treat, both at the Lodge itself and along the coast there are very cute ‘cray-caravans’


2013-05-05 14.25.45The ‘top of the south’ is vibrant in spring, warm and sunny with fresh sea air plus abundant nature and wildlife.


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Photography in the Sounds

Today, 18 budding photographers from around New Zealand capture the wildlife in the Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough. After a fun evening of food shots, night lights, torches, stars, phosphorecense, orbs and all sorts of whacky and unique imaging, it was an early rise to capture the morning light and get breakfast in before the 8am departure on Dolphin Watch Ecotours (a Picton based operator).

The cormorant colony pose for the camera

The excursion commenced with the cormorant colony right next to the Lodge – pied shags, black shags and spotted shags have all made a home for themselves here. The King shag colony is next on the list – – the only place in the world to view these birds is here in Marlborough.

Simon Woolf and Murry Cave will be working with the photographers throughout the day, exploring the mechanics of the camera, lenses, zooms, exposure, aperture, macro and micro and all the components of capturing the top shot. As Simon says, especially to those more amateur or those with non-professional equipment – ‘it is not about the camera itself – what is important is what is 6 inches behind the camera that matters!

shag or coromorant

The predator-free Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary is a bird-lovers paradise with blue penguins, South Island Saddleback, Kereru, Bellbirds, Yellow-crowned Parakeets (Kakariki), Bellbirds and South Island Robins encountered amongst the native trees and shrubs. It takes around 45 minutes to walk to the top for amazing views across Cook Strait and to the North Island.  The birds at Motuara island are plentiful, fearless and very vocal and if you sit still the birds often come within arms reach! There is a little pool of water where one can sit and take photos as the birds come to drink and bathe.

In the afternoon it will be cruising through the Sounds enroute back to the Lodge to check out the other wildlife – Dolphins (Dusky, Bottlenose, Hector’s, Common) or even Orca, Fur Seals,  Oyster-catchers, White-fronted terns, Australasian Gannets, Shearwaters, reef and white-faced herons, arctic skuas (seasonal), plus a variety of seabirds. Back in the bay, there is the resident dog, Merlot, ‘bluey’ the pet blue-cod plus the glow-worms and other wildlife, right on the property!

In the evening, the photographers will review their day’s work and share their experiences over a glass or two of Reserve Marlborough  wine, before indulging in a 7 course degustation dinner prepared by Executive Chef Hannes and his team. If you are passionate about food and wine – this is a thoroughly creative, extravagant and delicious gourmet experience – and some wicked images will be captured via canon, nikon, olympus, leica, and even the good old ‘smart’ phone!

We have two Photography retreats each year, in 2014 the first one is scheduled for 28th and 29th June. the second will be around  September – watch this space!

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Eleven thousand native plants.  Ten years ago, the Bay of Many Coves opened it’s doors and along with the outstanding architecture and cedar structures blending in with the natural habitat of the Sounds, there were plantings of thousands of native trees and bushes throughout the property. On top of that, the 52 hectares of the resort’s grounds is a haven for native foliage and shrubs, from Beech trees to Rimus, ferns to flax, hebes to horoeka, ponga to pepper-plants and plenty of kanuka and manuka.

In spring 2010, we again undertook a major facelift with eradicating non-natives and extending the plantings to ensure the native birds had a welcome habitat.  Now we have gone one step further,  introducing plant identification signage so our domestic and international gusts can learn and appreciate the diversity and natural flora of the region.

And the projects are on-going, such as titivating our Nikau ‘grove’ which is a special place to sit and contemplate, or even get married in as one special couple did recently.

There is not always a lot of colour in the natives, but the many different greens have their own beauty. Yet there are some welcome hues of the sprigs of white and purple hebe, the red

kakabeak, the yellow kowhai, the white flowers of the kanuka and of course the southern rata, or New Zealand Christmas tree, close relative of the Pohutakawa,  blooms vivid red clusters.

The lancewood is an amazing specimen, with spikey young shoots and yet the mature lancewood boasts a bushy leaf. Legend has it that this ‘horoeka,’ as it is named in Maori, evolved as a response to Moa browsing, that once the trees grew above Moa height, there was no longer the need for the ‘shark-tooth’ like leaf. Known as ‘heteroblasty’ – with distinct juvenile and adult form – the other scientific theories relate to growth re climate or energy for growing height vs branches, eitherway the Moa story is brilliant!

Kawakawa is plentiful and the guests enjoy ‘Kawakawa fire tea’ – the leaves of the pepper plant with some ginger – a spicy and refreshing breakfast tea.   It is extremely versatile, in that you may find the Maori waving it at a Tangi, or boiling it up for pain relief or bruising.

More plantings are planned for July, further afield than within the resort confines, with  a citrus grove and a native tree grove planned, the latter to include rimu, rewa rewa, totara, miro, tanekaha, tawa, pigeonwood, mahoewao, mahoe, kotukutuku, rohutu southern rata, wineberry, hinau,  silver black and mountain beech plus cabbage trees, ……

Endless projects, endless beauty, pure nature.

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