The new itinerary has been designed to bring together the best of both worlds on the water and land, with the days exploring the Sounds on the new 20 metre yacht named MV Tarquin and the nights spent at the 5* Bay of Many Coves luxury lodge. MV Tarquin is a luxury yacht with private crew and three en-suite cabins allowing for a maximum of six overnight guests should you stay on board.


Available year round, the new travel opportunity allows guests to experience the Marlborough Sounds in both style and comfort, giving guests the chance to fully immerse and explore the coves and bays of the Sounds alongside an experienced and attentive crew who will tailor each day to be as active, or relaxing, as guests desire.


New Zealand travel expert and founder of New Zealand In Depth, Paul Carberry, said; “Whether it’s through activities or the history, local legends, marine and wildlife or fauna – the only way to really explore the Marlborough Sounds is from the water, and this new experience delivers in style on a luxury private cruiser, with some of the best guides in the business.”

From the comfort of the MV Tarquin, guests can enjoy a scenic cruise with the chance to encounter local marine life, wildlife & birdlife, stop for bush walks, historic tours & eco encounters, swimming, kayaking & fishing.

With over 1500 kilometres of coastline, that’s 10% of New Zealand’s seashore, there’s plenty to explore!

As evening falls, rather than sleep onboard, this luxury itinerary brings guests back to a spectacular luxury lodge, only accessible by boat or helicopter. The 5* Bay of Many Coves lodge sits on the shoreline of the Marlborough Sounds overlooking a spectacular bay and isolated from the world. The well-appointed hillside apartments also enjoy spectacular fine dining at night upstairs at The Foredeck, and daytime dining downstairs at The Kumatage or waterside on the jetty at The Bight Café.

If time allows to stay longer, then the lodge also has a range of activities available including kayaks, dinghy & wakeboards, hiking on the Queen Charlotte Track, bird watching, wine tasting and a day spa.

“This new combination of luxury private cruising and a spectacular lodge allows guests to experience this stunning region and its wildlife from both the water and land” add New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry. “It takes the best of both experiences and combines them into, in my view, the ultimate luxury Marlborough Sounds itinerary enabling our guests to relax and enjoy the open isolation of the Bay of Many Coves.”

Perfect to add to a longer New Zealand adventure and available year round through New Zealand In Depth (, a full board 3-night 4-day trip costs from £4,900 per person including luxury transfers, 2 full days private charter on MV Tarquin including morning tea, seafood experience & tastings, lunch, drinks & activities such as scenic cruising, optional bush walk, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and exploring; 3 nights at Bay of Many Coves including dinner, bed and breakfast, and a private wine tour.

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