Bay of Many Coves Resort, Marlborough Sounds

At a glance

  • Contemporary apartments
  • Breathtaking bay views
  • Only accessible by boat

Bay Of Many Coves Resort, Marlborough Sounds

4.5

Set in a secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds, this welcoming lodge offers relaxation and fantastic wildlife-viewing opportunities.

From the moment you arrive at this natural hideaway you will feel enveloped by a sense of tranquillity. The magnificent views of forested hills and placid waters can be admired from every corner of the resort and while it may be tempting to relax on the private beach or deck and soak up the natural beauty, there are a host of activities available. Follow hiking trails to hidden waterfalls, discover secluded beaches, explore the coastline by kayak or arrange to go swimming with wild dolphins. After a busy day relax in the cedar hot tub or treat yourself to an indigenous-inspired massage at the spa.

Begin your day with breakfast on the waterfront and enjoy light bites and excellent coffee at the café on the jetty while watching boats in the bay. Dinner is served at the fine-dining Foredeck Restaurant which overlooks the Queen Charlotte Sound – tuck into fresh local seafood including snapper and crab while sipping a glass of fine Marlborough wine by the open fire.

A scattering of large wooden apartments are perched on a hillside overlooking the Bay of Many Coves and they are available with one, two or three bedrooms. Some of them involve a bit of a hike up the hill but you will be rewarded with sensational views over the bay. Each apartment features warm wood interiors, a spacious living room, panoramic windows to maximise the views, free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the bay.

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Key information

A private bay within the Marlborough Sounds

Airport transfer time: Just 30 minutes by scheduled water taxi from Picton which is a 25-minute flight or 3-hour ferry journey from Wellington. If you are travelling from Christchurch then it's a 4½-hour drive or a 5¼-hour scenic Coastal Train service to Picton followed by a 30-minute water taxi. Helicopter transfers are also available*
Rooms: 11

Good to know

As the lodge is set on a hillside it is not suitable for anybody with walking difficulties. Children over 14 years are welcome in the Foredeck Restaurant after 7pm. Please ensure you pre-book your water taxi. Alternatively you can pre-book an excursion to Marlborough Sounds with a drop-off at Bay of Many Coves.

Accommodation information

11 spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments

Activities

• Borrow the binoculars from your apartment to spot local birds such as the kereru, tui and weka as well as dolphins which often frequent the bay • Take an evening stroll through the bush to see glow worms • Book a scenic wildlife cruise to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary*

Dining

2 restaurants, café

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Breakfast at Kumatage

Half Board • Breakfast at Kumatage and 3-course à la carte dinner at the Foredeck Restaurant

*Denotes local charge