The National Whale Centre and the Picton Museum offer a fascinating insight into the history of whaling and whales in the Sounds, and the history of Waitohi as a Maori trading settlement, colonial port and whaling port
Go on a sea kayaking safari - guide yourself or join a group for expert tuition
Take a mailboat cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, there are only two official licenced New Zealand Post Rural delivery service by water in the Marlborough Sounds. Explore its many inlets and coves, see the people who live there now and also back then. Stay onboard or get off to enjoy lunch at a waterfront retreat.
Relax at a secluded lodge, bed and breakfast or holiday home, with million dollar views of the Sounds
Find one of the many secluded beaches to enjoy all to yourself and take in the sights.
Head out on a dolphin safari to view or swim with dolphins in the sheltered waters of the Sounds. Up to five species of dolphin reside in the Sounds over the year, from the rare Hector's dolphin to visiting Orca.
Walk the Queen Charlotte Track (three to five days) - a popular walkway with many entry and exit points, with water taxis to transfer your luggage. There are various accommodation providers and restaurants along its length catering for a range of budgets, plus you don't have to get your feet wet! Walk the full track or just a section - there are plenty of options to fit your schedule.
Visit the Edwin Fox, the world's ninth oldest ship on display in Picton Harbour.
Dive shipwrecks. The Mikhail Lermontov is one of the largest diveable wrecks in the world, located in Port Gore in the Marlborough Sounds.
Charter a sailing boat and cruise the sounds - bareboat or skippered.
Chill out in a waterfront cafe, sampling local cuisine and soaking up the ambience of the neighbouring marina.
Adventures that begin in Havelock
The charming seaport of Havelock was once a thriving gold-mining town. Today it's the Greenshell Mussel capital of the world and recognised as the gateway to the Pelorus, Kenepuru and Mahau Sounds.
Taste the local delicacy - Greenshell Mussels served in a number of local cafes or onboard the Greenshell Mussel Cruise.
Spend the day cruising the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on the Pelorus Mail Boat.
Visit the historic gold mining township of Canvastown, the scenic splendour of Pelorus Bridge Reserve and rural Rai Valley.
Get on board a charter boat and go snapper fishing or learn the eco-history of the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds.
Drive or cruise to a waterfront retreat for a relaxing stay.
Walk or bike the Nydia Track from Kaiuma Bay to Tennyson Inlet. The walk takes two days and biking (recommended for advanced riders) takes 5-8 hours one way.