The Marlborough Sounds are certainly a cruising paradise. There's a whole network of submerged mountain valleys, numerous islands and tranquil sheltered bays, bush-clad hills and almost 1500 km of deep water coastline to explore.

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The Marlborough Sounds are certainly a cruising paradise. There's a whole network of submerged mountain valleys, numerous islands and tranquil sheltered bays, bush-clad hills and almost 1500 km of deep water coastline to explore.

The two major Sounds in the area are the Queen Charlotte and the Pelorus Sound and together they form the heart of this cruising area.

D'Urville Island is the largest of the islands and is separated from the mainland by the narrow, tidal channel of French Pass. Scenery is spectacular, ranging from towering forest clad mountains, through tranquil bays and coves to the rugged exposed shoreline of D'Urville Island. West of D'Urville is Tasman Bay. A cruise across this bay will reward you with the sight of golden beaches.