Punga Cove - Picturesque seaside lodge in Marlborough Sounds
Departing Wellington, this blissful escape into the magical beauty of Endeavour Inlet will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated
A seaside lodge in the heart of the Sounds
From $749* per person
*Two nights, based on share twin, travel 1 November to 21 December 2020 or 11 January to 20 April 2021, enquire today for other travel dates.
Please note: Due to the hilly terrain of this lodge we do not recommend this package for anyone who has difficulty walking up hills.
Departing Wellington aboard an Interislander ferry, you'll be provided with vouchers for enjoying the wide selection of food and beverages available at the on-board outlets as you travel across the Cook Strait. As you cruise through the Sounds in the late morning, you can even enjoy a taste of Marlborough, with our selection of local wine or beer.
After arriving in Picton, you will then sail north up the Queen Charlotte Sound to your final destination - the incredible Punga Cove. There, nestled amongst the bush-clad hills of Endeavour Inlet, you will relax and unwind in pure isolation.
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 range of food and beverages. During the morning sailing, both cooked and continental breakfasts are available with juices, teas and coffees. There is also a selection of cakes, pastries, hot and cold food available if you're looking for something other than breakfast.
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.
Day 1: Afternoon
After arriving in Picton, you will transfer by Water Taxi across Queen Charlotte Sound to Punga Cove.
Once checked in, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Punga Cove is the perfect retreat, surrounded by nature.
If you want to explore, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Plus you'll have free access to mountain bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Or enjoy one of the many short walks from Punga Cove, including access to Queen Charlotte Track. There is also the opportunity to go for a swim in the pool, hillside spa pools or in the sea at the front of the resort.
Your accommodation boasts stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds and Endeavour Inlet. The perfect spot for nature watching, reading a book or enjoying a cold beverage.
There is something for everyone at Punga Cove, no matter what your preference is.
Dinner is included at Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar. Their smart casual award-winning restaurant offers a three-course à la carte dining with a local flavour - "the art of living begins at the table".
There is no schedule and no need to set your alarm. Simply get up in your own time and head to the Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar for a relaxing buffet breakfast overlooking the bay and the native bush.
You can then choose to relax and enjoy the views or enjoy the wide range of land and water-based activities on offer at Punga Cove.
We highly recommend the pizzas at the Boat Shed Café & Bar if you’re feeling peckish. They are delicious and made with fresh local ingredients, you can really taste the difference.
Your à la carte dinner is again served in the Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar.
Enjoy a hot spa under the stars after dinner to unwind and relax before bed.
Start the day with a long, relaxing, breakfast at the Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar. 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 Punga Cove. Accommodation can also be added pre and post your package journey, ask our Packages Consultant when booking this package**
Punga Cove: 4 Star
Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent Marlborough Sounds at the top of New Zealand's South Island, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat, surrounded by nature. There are a range of accommodation options available including larger apartments for families.
You won't go hungry at Punga Cove - the Boatshed Cafe & Bar at the jetty has a casual all-day menu and their hilltop Punga Fern Restaurant offers smart casual dining. Getting there is easy - by boat from Picton. Once there you can choose to relax and enjoy the many views or enjoy the wide range of land and water-based activities on offer.
Room type: Koru Chalet, double or twin share bedding available.
Package available all 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.