Information on Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough is New Zealand’s sunniest province where good food, good wine and great scenery come hand in hand. With award winning wineries, friendly people and the great outdoors just waiting to be explored. Marlborough is the ideal place to spend time whether that be flat on your back soaking up the sun, stretching your legs on one of the many walking tracks or hauling in your catch for the evening’s dinner, Affinity has something for everybody.

The area is rich in early history and we often refer to the time of 1770's when Captain James Cook arrived and made the Marlborough Sounds his home for 100 days. With around approximately 1500 km’s of secluded bays, inlets and coves to explore, the Marlborough Sounds is a playground for all. With a range of walking tracks to suit most peoples mobility, and wildlife for all to marvel at. ‘It is a paradise we call home’.


Types of Cruises

The Marlborough Sounds has many different walking tracks through out the 1500km’s of shore line, many of the tracks wind along the waters edge and venture through regenerated native bush.

Experience the best of both the Queen Charlotte and the Pelorus Sounds. We also venture down to French Pass and over to d’Urville Island. We fish, we walk and most of all we have a great time. Experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds. The Pelorus Sound also has walking tracks that are a lot less populated. They include; The Nydia, Jacobs Bay, Archer and a few smaller tracks as well. The best known track is the Queen Charlotte Track in Queen Charlotte Sound. Multi day cruises are available on this track or let  us make you a mix and match itinerary and join both the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Pelorus Sound together and 'Experience the best of both Sounds'.

The advantages of walking and living aboard Affinity is that your accommodation follows you and is there at the end of your days walk with a hot shower and your same bed / cabin. All your meals are cooked for you. If you are going ashore over the lunch period a packed lunch will be sent with you.

You don’t have to worry about your luggage as it is still in your cabin and you have no heavy packs to carry every day. No lost packs.

Multi Interest Cruises (the complete sounds package) - Cruising both the Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds including visits to French Pass and d'Urville Island. This is our most popular cruise.

Fishing and Diving

Fishing and Diving Charters available on request.

With a variety of fish to catch from Blue Cod, Snapper, Grouper, Tarakihi, Gurnard, Kingfish and the occasional Shark just to name a few.  The Marlborough area is a fisherman’s paradise.

We have plenty of freezer and fridge space for your catch. Trips range from two to as many days as you like.

With the likes of wrecks, crayfish, scallops and many great dive sites you can spend a lot of time diving in the Marlborough Sounds.

Dive the wreck of the Mikhail Lermontov, a Soviet cruise Ship that went down on February 16 1986 when she hit rocks in the passage between Cape Jackson and the Cape Jackson lighthouse. She now lies in 30 metres Of water in Port Gore (which is not a port at all).

Other great dive sites in the sounds are; The Brothers, Chetwode Islands, Jag Rocks, Rangitoto Islands, d’Urville Island, Stephens Island, Sentinal Rock, Port Gore, Titi Island and along the many areas of the coast line.

Affinity has plenty of room for kitting up (getting into your dive gear), easy access into and out of the water with wide platform steps across the stern and 2 ladders that go directly into the water. There is also a 4-metre inflatable tender (dinghy) for use when diving.

Single Day Cruising 

Exclusive use of the vessel for up to 50 people while cruising the sounds with work colleagues or family and friends, and see the magical place that we call home.

We offer a range of activities for single day group cruises.  Contact our office for ideas and costs.

  • BBQ cruises
  • Birthday cruises
  • Weddings - Make your special day a little different with a champagne cruise and nibbles while everyone enjoys the magic that is the Sounds
  • Corporate meetings and team building cruises

Let us put together a special package to suit your needs and requirements.

Awesome view of the Marlborough Sounds
Watching the sunset in the Marlborough Sounds

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