Tranquil reflection, Marlborough Sounds
The Marlborough Sounds are renowned for their scenic blend of bush-clad hills and tranquil bays.
DOC looks after more than 50 reserves in the area, offering a range of recreation opportunities; swimming, boating, diving, fishing and kayaking on the water, walking, mountain biking and hunting on the land.
Read about the Marlborough Sounds' history and natural history.
Learn about the tracks and walks and other recreation opportunities in the Marlborough Sounds.
Experience the Marlborough Sounds from a variety of accommodation managed by DOC.
Find out how to get to the Marlborough Sounds and how to plan for a safe visit.
Accessible only by boat, Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve offers visitors the chance to explore an environment typical of the Marlborough Sounds.
Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds is a predator-free scientific reserve which is a sanctuary for rare and endemic native species. Visits are by permission only.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Marlborough Sounds.
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Walking track categories
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Alerts for Marlborough places