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3 day Cruise, Hike & Fish activity

Marlborough Cruise, Hike & Fish

(Pelorus Sound Loop Trip)

High Season (October to April): NZ $1,695 per person

Low Season (May to September): NZ $1,395 per person


Deal now includes two more nights aboard Foxy Lady cruise boat at no extra cost! 
Stay onboard Foxy Lady the night before and the night after your trip – for free!

Marlborough’s pretty jewel – peaceful Pelorus Sound…

The Marlborough Sounds region is renowned for its pretty intertwining waterways and pleasant year round climate. And within this beautiful region, peaceful Pelorus Sound is the largest of these delightful waterways. Located at the north eastern corner of New Zealand’s stunning South Island, Pelorus Sound can be reached effortlessly from Picton and Blenheim – with good road connections to the village of Havelock at the head of the Sound. 

Marine farming, pine forests, native bush, secluded beaches and private waterfront holiday homes add colour and interest to the local geography. With a comfortable year round climate, a visit is worthwhile in any season. Even winter can be ideal in Pelorus Sound with spectacular, settled weather and frequent mild temperatures. 

The network of hiking tracks around Pelorus Sound are basic but well defined. They offer a modest alternative hiking experience to the often busy Queen Charlotte Track and are best suited to people with some previous hiking experience and a reasonable level of fitness.  

Cruise and Hike activity description 
Explore pretty Pelorus Sound with our exciting semi-hosted 3-day ‘Cruise and Hike’ activity that gives you the best of both worlds – land and water! This refreshing idea combines a restful, hosted boat cruise with scenic non-guided hiking tracks. The perfect combination of socialising, serenity, relaxation and healthy exercise! 

Unwind aboard your comfortable cruise boat ‘Foxy Lady’ and enjoy the passing panorama and remarkable sea life of Pelorus Sound. Spend one night aboard ‘Foxy Lady’ relaxing in a quiet anchorage in a secluded bay, hosted by your skipper and onboard crew. Maybe catch a fish for dinner (all fishing tackle provided). Your ‘Foxy Lady’ cruise boat hosts will provide dinner and breakfast, plus a packed lunch for your hike (all included in your tour activity price). Your hosts also have a liquor license for supply so a small selection of wine and beer is available for purchase onboard. Or ‘BYO’ (Bring Your Own) if you prefer.

Spend the other night hosted at delightful ‘On the Track Lodge’, located half-way along the enchanting Nydia Track! Your Lodge hosts will provide a set menu dinner and a buffet breakfast, plus a packed lunch for your hike (all included in your tour activity price). And a small selection of craft beer, wine and natural fruit drinks are available for purchase at the Lodge. Or just spend two nights aboard Foxy Lady if the lodge is full at the time you want to walk the track. There is no need to carry a heavy pack as all your bedding and main meals are provided! All you need is a light day pack for clothing and personal items required for your hikes.

Prefer to fish instead of hike?
Stay on board, relax and fish to your heart’s content – fishing rods, tackle and bait are all supplied. And best of all, your host knows all the great fishing locations around Pelorus and Kenepuru Sound! That means you could find cod, gurnard, kingfish or other fishing action on the other end of your line! Enjoy the spacious deck room and contemplate the restful and inspiring scenery while you wait for the next big bite. Honestly, what could be better?”

Please note: The Marlborough Cruise and Hike activity is ‘semi-hosted’ only. 

The tracks and hikes in this activity are NOT guided or hosted. Your activity hosts will be there for you at each end of every hike, however all track hikes, walks and tramps in this activity are included on a self-guided basis only. 

The boat cruises and accommodation are the only hosted portions of this activity. 

The walks (Non-guided)

Marlborough’s Pelorus Sound area is rightly renowned for bird watching, marine life, sheltered waters and superb scenery – all year round! Your 3-day ‘Cruise and Hike’ experience includes three enjoyable hikes: 
1.    The Jacobs Bay Track is a 2 hour hike that follows the coastline through beautiful bush and woodlands. 

2.    The Putanui Point Track is a 1.5 hour hike (return) that leads over a forest-covered point to a lookout.

3.    The highlight of the trip is the Nydia track – a 2-day hike with an overnight stop in the middle (walking 4 to 5 hours each day). The track follows a sheltered shore, crosses two saddles with superb views and meanders through regenerating bush and beautiful rimu, nikau, and beech forest. Classified as a tramping track, Nydia is 27-kilometres long (17 miles) and is best suited to those who are reasonably fit. The trail can be narrow and uneven in some places and tramping/ hiking boots are strongly recommended. Some unbridged streams require care after rain. The track is a great place for bird watchers with kereru in flight and the songs of bellbird and tui in the trees. Weka wander near the forest edge and fantails, robins, and tomtits dart among the manuka trees. Herons track across the shore while shags and gannets hunt for fish close by. 
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Cruise Boat ‘Foxy Lady’

Your cruise boat ‘MV Foxy Lady’ is 18 metres long (60 feet) and fully equipped for day and overnight cruises. Comfortable cabins and plenty of room on deck provide the perfect setting for relaxation and socialising and wine and beer is available for purchase onboard. Your cruise boat hosts will provide dinner and breakfast, plus a packed lunch for your hike (all included in your tour activity price). 
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Foxy Lady can accommodate up to 12-13 overnight guests in three cosy and comfortable cabins – with each cabin designed for four people (or up to five in the aft [rear] cabin). 
  • Forward cabin – 4 single berth bunks (sleeping 4 people)  
  • Main cabin – 1 double and 2 single berth bunks (sleeping 4 people) 
  • Aft [rear] cabin – 1 double and 3 single berth bunks (sleeping 4-5 people)
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*All onboard accommodation is on a shared basis. Single occupancy cabins are not available. 

Panoramic windows in the lounge offer good views and with a gentle cruise speed of 7 knots (14 km’s per hour) there is plenty of cruising time to get that perfect photo of spectacular scenery and wildlife passing by. 

Onboard features include a good water supply, a great shower and two toilets. There is satellite TV and the galley includes a fully equipped kitchen with a large fridge and freezer. A dining table with comfortable chairs is on the same level as the galley and there is more seating upstairs on the "bridge" with excellent 360 degree views. 

Make your way outside and enjoy the generous deck space and delightful views! Or pull up a chair on the spacious foredeck at the end of the day and enjoy the peace and serenity of a warm Pelorus Sound evening..


On the Track Lodge


The picturesque Lodge is located half-way along the beautiful Nydia Track in a peaceful location near a beach. With no road access it is a delightful place to take a break and spend the night in the middle of your Nydia track hike.

The Lodge can accommodate your group in a range of shared accommodation – comfortable chalets, luxurious train carriages (with en suite bathroom) and even a Mongolian style ‘yurt’. The beds are comfortable and all linen and towels are provided.
*All lodge accommodation is on a shared basis. Single occupancy rooms are not available. 

Your Lodge hosts will provide a set menu dinner and a buffet breakfast, plus a packed lunch for your hike (all included in your tour activity price). And a small selection of craft beer, wine and natural fruit drinks are available for purchase at the Lodge.   

The Lodge has activities to enjoy in all seasons. Kayaks for a sunset paddle, a swim at the beach, local history to explore, fishing off the jetty, a hot tub soak, or a relaxing time on the veranda while you rest your feet and chat with other interesting guests.

A Queen Bed and all linen and towels provided. All rooms share the bathrooms.

A Twin Share or Queen Bed and all linen and towels provided. All rooms share the bathrooms.

First class accommodation, double bed with en suite. All linen and towels provided.

Please note:
(a): Accommodation at On The Track Lodge (and aboard the cruise boat) is ‘run of house basis’. Rooms and cabins will be allocated to best suit the mix and requirements of each group.  
(b): During some peak period departures, On The Track Lodge may not be available. For these departures, your second night will also be spent aboard the cruise boat – anchored in the bay near the lodge.  

Your Cruise, Hike & Fish activity includes:

1.    Pelorus Sound cruising aboard ‘Foxy Lady’ with knowledgeable local hosts providing commentary and interpretation of local points of interest, plus expert fishing assistance! 
2.    Two nights hosted accommodation during the activity – 1 night cruise boat, 1 night lodge; shared cabin/ shared room (some peak departures and all low season departures spend all nights aboard the cruise boat), PLUS two bonus nights – the night before your trip and the night after your trip.
3.    All meals – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (includes a delightful last night dinner at The Slip Inn Restaurant, Havelock)

Provisions and requirements
All accommodation, bedding and towels are provided, along with water and all meals. If you wish, bring your own alcohol and any condiments (spices, sauces) you may prefer. On the evening of Day 3, a ‘final night dinner’ is included in Havelock, along with drinks. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements and/or medical issues.

Please inform us of any special dietary requirements and/or medical issues!

Your personal requirements (minimum items you need to bring)
•    Sun protection – sunscreen and a hat
•    Warm clothing
•    Wet weather gear
•    Suitable closed toe walking shoes or boots (Tramping/ hiking boots are highly recommended).
•    Mobile phone (reception is intermittent).

Not Included:

•    Connecting transfers (Picton/ Blenheim to Havelock and return)
•    Land-based accommodation before and after your Cruise, Hike & Fish activity
•    Personal expenses and any items, services or activities not specified above

Before & after connecting transfers (additional cost)
All ‘before and after’ transfers are an additional cost and are not included in the activity price. However we can assist by arranging transfers to and from the Picton ferry terminal or Blenheim airport if you wish. 

Before & after accommodation (separate to Bonus Nights). If you prefer land-based accommodation before and after your 3-day Cruise, Hike & Fish activity, local Havelock Village accommodation can be arranged if required (additional cost). Just ask us!


Book as an individual, a couple or a group!
Each departure is confirmed once we achieve a minimum of six participants.

Ready-made groups (6 to 12 people)
If our departure dates don’t suit you and you have a group of 6 or more, please contact us anyway. We will do our very best to accommodate your preferred dates if we possibly can.

Alternative departure dates for groups of less than 6:
If you have a small group (less than 6) and our departure dates do not suit you, contact us as there may be others wishing to do the activity at a similar time. We may be able to place smaller groups together. 

Departure dates 


Sat 07 March

Sat 04 April

Sat 02 May (Low season starts)

Sat 06 June*

Sat 04 July*

Sat 01 August*

Sat 05 September*

*Please note: These tour departures will spend both nights aboard the cruise boat as On the Track Lodge is not available on these dates.

Departure Date
No of People
3 Days
NZ $1,695.00 / Total
3 Days
NZ $1,695.00
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Highlights and Inclusions
  • Relaxing, hosted Pelorus Sound cruising aboard ‘Foxy Lady’
  • Authentic, personalised ‘local expert’ commentary from your cruise boat hosts
  • Three superb, semi-developed walking hiking tracks to enjoy and explore
  • Fishing rods, tackle, bait plus local fishing knowledge and expertise
  • Nature sightseeing – marine life and bird life
  • A relaxing, sociable and fun 3-day small group activity
  • Three nights aboard ‘Foxy Lady’ (4 nights, some departures. Includes 2 bonus nights)
  • One night at ‘On The Track Lodge’; a picturesque, boutique style lodge mid-way along the Nydia Track   
  • All meals included – Breakfast (3), Dinner (3), Lunch (3)
  • A social final night dinner at The Slip Inn Restaurant, Havelock


9 Meals:
All meals – 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
(Including final night dinner at The Slip Inn Restaurant, Havelock)


2 Nights PLUS 2 bonus nights
1 night - on the water aboard the Foxy Lady Cruise Boat
1 night - on the Nydia Track at 'On The Track Lodge'
2 bonus nights – the night before and the night after; aboard Foxy Lady Cruise Boat.


Foxy Lady Cruise Boat

Ground Activities Included

Jacobs Bay Track (self-guided)
Putanui Point Track (self-guided)
Nydia Track (self-guided)
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Day 3
Terms and Conditions
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