The wind carries the sound of Jazz …

A jazzy trinity: Fiona, Kevin and Taittinger...

There seems to be a general sigh of relief in the air as spring approaches, so to celebrate, this month we brought back one of our signature events: The Spring Luxury Jazz Week-End.  Due to popular demand, our Jazz week-ends have become a permanent fixture in our calendar. Here, food, music and wine mingle harmoniously.

This time, our featured wine was Taittinger and our guest performers were Jazz singer Fran Barton and pianist Kevin Clark from Wellington. They played to a full house – there was even a waiting list! But never fear, if you are ever in the area during one of these events, and you simply want to book in for dinner, just call us and make a reservation. You do not need to be a guest to enjoy the show, and if you are coming by boat, you can ask if one of our moorings is available.

Our guests enjoyed all of the activities we had on offer: Our resident Spa therapist Richelle was kept busy; our kayaks were all taken, although there were no takers for the fleet of paddleboards- the water is still too cold…

The Lady Karen and her skipper Gordon Lowe had guests scalloping and skeet shooting around the Sounds, and trampers walking down from the Queen Charlotte Track were met by three figures in a row boat in the middle of the bay, the wind carrying the sounds of cool jazz through the air…

This constant serenade was a delightful backdrop to the degustation dinners that followed: Hannes (our Chef), with the help of our friend Nick Bolster (from Vintners) and our sommelier Melanie, treated guests to a special menu perfectly matched with wines from the house of Taittinger. Imagine a dash of each type of Tattinger in dishes such as crayfish, koura and arctic tooth fish. Or, a Tattinger Prelude Champagne Bisque with vanilla-fried cauliflower, tapioca pearls and glazed baby leeks, which was a dish created especially for this Degustation. Finally, as a pre-dessert: Tattinger, basil and lime Granite…

So if, like me, you like a fusion of food, wine and music, find out about our October Luxury Jazz Week-End- this time with Wellington Jazz band Hot Club Sandwich and violinist Fiona Pears. Villa Maria wines will be on the menu and senior winemaker Jeremy McKenzie  will deliver a wine-tasting master-class not to be missed. Hannes’ special menu will be one to look out for: There will most likely be one course with Twin Rivers Organic Lamb, matched with one of his favourite Villa Maria reds…See you there!

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International Breakfast Menu: culinary comforts away from home


I never thought of myself as a creature of habit until I was in a hostel in Bolivia, a few years ago,  getting ready for my morning cup of tea. All I needed to get me started was one hot, weak, very milky cup of English breakfast -or Ceylon- I’m not fussy. However, on this occasion, there was no Twinings , just Mate (mah-tay). Don’t get me wrong, Mate is a fantastic brew- I used to drink it copiously as a child for its medicinal purposes, when altitude sickness would get the better of me in La Paz, but it is not my idea of a morning wake- me-up.

This made me look around at the people I knew and I very quickly realised how entrenched most of us are in our breakfast habits:  My husband will only ever eat muesli to start with (difficult thing to find when trekking in South America on a budget), my French family are used to croissants and coffee, my German friend eats cheese and cold meats. I know people who travel with jars of organic peanut butter through Asia so that they are guaranteed one comforting, familiar meal before trying out the local fare later in the day.

Travelling, whether for fun or business, can be both exciting and trying and,I guess, having a culinary “comfort blanket” of sorts helps most of us to take a punt and be adventurous at some point in our journey…

… So I was delighted to hear that our Chef was thinking the same way: With the most incredible local produce at his disposal, Hannes has turned his sights on devising an International Breakfast Menu that reflects the diversity of guests who come to stay:  If Miso soup for breakfast is a must-have, or you prefer black pudding or even congee, you will find us serving up these delightful specialties to give you that perfect start to your day. Out of our small kitchen comes surprising and wonderful things:  Why not check out the full menu, you will be pleasantly surprised- it’s not all bacon and eggs, after all.

Now, with breakfast out of the way, there is plenty of time to enjoy that romantic getaway, relax… and make room for a degustation dinner later in the day.

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Serenity and views to die for!

Looking over Ruakaka bay with the addition of a cheeky Bellbird fluttering through the shot!

Earlier this month on a day off, I decided to head out for a hike on the Queen Charlotte Track. Transferred by Cougar Line to Torea Bay I set out for the 4-6 hour walk back to the Bay of Many Coves. The weather was absolutely magic so I was excited about the views I would get from the top of the ridge as I hiked up the first climb. With the Kenepuru Sound to the left and the Queen Charlotte Sound to the right the views were phenomenal! With most walkers heading in the opposite direction, this was ‘Day 3′ of their QC Track experience, heading from Camp Bay – Torea, I got a few strange looks as if to say “Hey, lady I think you’re going the wrong way…”!

Stopping now and then for snaps of photographic evidence of my time on the track I managed to capture this amazing moment while looking out over Ruakaka Bay. A cheeky Bellbird was perched on the branch to the right and as I stepped closer to the edge for a photo, the inquisitive native bird fluttered in a ‘loop de loop’ motion right through my image!

I strode on with a feeling of pride as a kiwi, for what is the beautiful environment of the Marlborough Sounds. Seeing so many happy tourists making their way along the track – all ages and nationalities, families, couples and solo adventurer’s was fabulous!  Come visit us and experience this for yourself, our slice of 100% Pure New Zealand.

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Poetry Workshop with Professor Bill Manhire!

Develop your skills and create your own stunning poetry under the inspirational leadership of Professor Bill Manhire!

We welcome you to join us here at the Bay of Many Coves for a weekend of inspirational poetry under the leadership of Bill Manhire, one of New Zealand’s most accomplished poets and teachers.

Allow your untapped creativity to come alive while you relax in pure, unspoilt luxury.

Bring your partner along to enjoy a weekend away, included in the price they can enjoy a one hour spa treatment and a bottle of French champagne while you develop your writing skills.

4th – 6th May 2012

Spaces are limited and bookings essential, so contact us today!

Phone: 03 5799771



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Summer Degustation Menu

If the world-class views of the Queen Charlotte Sound don’t completely mesmerise you, the cuisine in the Foredeck certainly will.

Just released…. check out our NEW mouth-watering Summer Degustation Menu with wines matched by our talented Maitre’d.

72 hour Brisket “Pastrami”

Coleslaw, Horseradish, Rye Bread

Moa Brewery, Original Lager – Marlborough

Banana Prawn

Asparagus, Tomato, Vanilla

Taittinger, Brut Reserve – Reims

Nelson Scallops

Black Pudding, Pea, Almonds

Neudorf, Chardonnay – Nelson

John Dory “Sous Vide”

Mussels, White Tomato, Bacon

Johanneshof Cellars, Gewürztraminer Dry – Marlborough

Canter Valley Duck Breast

Carrot, Apricot, Hazelnut

Brightwater, Pinot Noir – Nelson

South Island Lamb Fillet

Eggplant, Capsicum, Olive

Coriole Redstone, Shiraz – McLaren Vale

Neudorf Cheese

Mt Arthur, Neudorf, Fig Mostarda

Craggy Range “TeKahu”, Bordeaux Blend – Hawkes Bay

Sparkling Refresher

Blueberry, Sencha, Pomegranate

Pandan & Vanilla Crème Brûlée

Summer Berries, Passionfruit Sorbet

Konrad & Co., Noble Late Harvest Riesling/Sauvignon

– Marlborough

This is 5-star dining at its very best in a pure, natural environment that simply cannot be matched.

Watch the sun set across the bay, or the moon as it sails above the distant hills.


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