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Only accessible by water or air, the Bay of Many Coves offers 11 luxury apartments set upon a hillside of native bush on the edge of a tranquil bay within the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

It’s not just the pristine natural setting that will make your stay here a memorable one; even just reaching the resort offers the chance to view some of the South Island’s most dramatic coastal scenery via water taxi, floatplane or helicopter. The 11 luxurious apartments feature a private balcony where you can take in the panoramic views of the Marlborough Sounds and are furnished to a high standard with wooden interiors to reflect the bush setting. 

Being based in one of New Zealand’s most famous wine growing and gourmet regions, the cuisine offered at Bay of Many Coves showcases the best of the region's offerings, from either the fine dining restaurant, relaxed waterfront café or the private guest lounge.

From the resort there are numerous activities available such as bushwalking on the Queen Charlotte Track, kayaking to a nearby cormorant breeding colony, and boat excursions around the Sounds where it may be possible to view Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea