Bay of Many Coves - Luxury in the Marlborough Sounds

Departing Wellington, this five-star escape into the magical beauty of Bay of Many Coves will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated

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Luxury in paradise – surrounded by the Marlborough Sounds

From $2108* per person

*Two nights, based on share twin, travel 1 November to 23 December 2021 and 5 January and 30 April 2022, enquire today for other travel dates. 


Departing Wellington aboard an Interislander ferry, you'll sit back in the comfy sofas of the Plus Lounge where you can enjoy a complimentary cooked or continental breakfast. As you cruise through the Sounds in the late morning, you can even enjoy a taste of Marlborough, with complimentary wine or beer.

After arriving in Picton, you will then sail north up the Queen Charlotte Sound to your final destination - the incredible Bay of Many Coves Resort. There, nestled amongst the bush-clad hills of Bay of Many Coves is a luxury five-star resort hotel nestled amid a rolling landscape of untouched native bush.


Day 1: Morning

Departing from Wellington Interislander Terminal, the first leg of your great escape is a voyage of discovery. While cruising through Wellington Harbour, you'll take in the famous sights of Oriental Parade, Matui Island, Eastbourne and the historic Pencarrow lighthouses.

Heading out onto Cook Strait, you'll be travelling north to where two seas meet. On a clear day, you'll see Cloudy Bay and Blenheim on the far shore with the Kaikoura mountains rising in the distance. On the Wellington side, you'll see the wild hills of Cape Terawhiti.

The hour-long passage through Cook Strait is an ideal opportunity to enjoy our Plus Lounge, with comfy sofas and complimentary food. During the morning sailing, both cooked and continental breakfasts are available with juices, teas and coffees. This is followed by Morning Tea, with cakes, pastries and a hot and cold buffet.

The final chapter of an incredible voyage is spent sailing through the sheltered the Marlborough Sounds - a safe-haven for marine and birdlife. As you cruise through the Tory Channel, there is an excellent chance of seeing dolphins and several native bird species, along with the awe-inspiring scenery of Marlborough.

After a sharp turn around Dieffenbach Point, you will be on the broad Queen Charlotte Sound (known locally as Totaranui) and soon the twinkling town of Picton will be visible in the distance.


Aratere in the Tory Channel
Taking pictures of Oriental Parade from the Interislander
Morning tea in the Interislander Plus Lounge


Day 1: Afternoon

After arriving in Picton, you will transfer by Water Taxi across Queen Charlotte Sound to Bay of Many Coves.

Set in a tranquil cove with beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves is an exclusive retreat offering a truly unique New Zealand experience. Your apartment offers stunning views of the cove as well as space for private dining, while the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, day spa and pool provide further comforts during your stay.

Once checked in you’ll be all set to enjoy the Bay of Many Coves, surrounded by an eco-marine haven, way off the beaten track. You can sit out on your private balcony, taking in the most glorious views of this natural paradise, and you will understand why Captain Cook chose this area as his favoured anchorage while visiting New Zealand. Watch out for dolphins and fur seals which are often spotted in the waters around the resort.

If you want to choose to explore, you’ll have free access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or take the dinghy out. There is a stunning pool to go for a dip if you want to freshen up or easy walking trails nearby.

In the evening, you'll enjoy a spectacular dinner, taking in the breath-taking views while dining in the Foredeck Restaurant.


Bay of Many Coves Couple by water
Bay of Many Coves bush walk
Bay of Many Coves pool


Day two

There is no schedule and no need to set your alarm. Simply get up in your own time and head to The Kumatage Guest Lounge for a relaxing freshly-cooked gourmet breakfast overlooking the bay and the native bush.

Relax within the stunning grounds or at the water’s edge, or if you choose to explore, Bay of Many Coves offers year-round activities, including over 6 kilometres of private walking trails that link to the internationally-renowned Queen Charlotte Track. Wander down one of the many forest tracks and discover the wonderful native birds that are always plentiful in the Resort. Kayaks, dinghies and paddle-boards are available to discover the bays abundant marine life too.

Back at the resort, treat yourself to a blissful day spa, and afterward, world-class chefs are close at hand to create a unique culinary experience that is all yours.

There is a range of day trips that can be booked (ask our travel consultant at the time of booking) for departure from the resort including; fishing charters, swimming with dolphins, yacht cruises, sailing and organised walks on the Queen Charlotte Track.

Dinner is served in the Foredeck Restaurant again tonight.


Day three

Start the day with a long, relaxing, breakfast at the lodge. Then savour the serenity of the Sounds one last time before our Water Taxi arrives and transfers you back to Picton for your return Interislander journey.


**Additional nights can be added at Bay of Many Coves. Accommodation can also be added pre and post your package journey, ask our Travel Consultant when booking this package**



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Bay of Many Coves room

Bay of Many Coves: 5 Star

Set in a tranquil cove with beautiful views of the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves is an exclusive retreat offering a truly unique New Zealand experience. The apartments all have stunning views of the cove as well as space for private dining, while the resort’s fine-dining restaurant, day spa and pool provide further comforts during your stay.

Room type: One Bedroom Apartment with 1 x King Bed (can split to twin)



Package available year-round.

Room upgrades are available at a surcharge (subject to availability). During times of high demand, if the advertised package hotel is not available, a substitution of a similar standard hotel may be made to complete the package. A surcharge may apply.

What's included:

  • Return Interislander travel
  • Return Interislander Plus Lounge entry
  • Two nights accommodation at BAY OF MANY COVES
  • Breakfast each morning at BAY OF MANY COVES
  • 3-course dinner each night
  • Transfers between Picton and BAY OF MANY COVES



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Overseas:  +64 4498 3302

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