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French Pass & D’Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds road trip

Okiwi Bay, Marlborough

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@Okiwi Bay Holiday Park & Convenience Store @Okiwi Bay Holiday Park & Convenience Store


Okiwi Bay, 22 km. Elaine Bay, 39km. Bulwer, 80km. French Pass, 60km – brilliant. The journey starts with gold tussock hills dotted with sheep creating wide open vistas. Your first stop is Okiwi Bay.



French Pass was the home of Pelorus Jack, the legendary dolphin who achieved national protection and international fame for regularly escorting vessels through the Pass between 1888 and 1912.

Okiwi Bay offers visitors plenty of outdoor activities. Okiwi Bay is fishing heaven, snapper, moki, blue cod, kingfish, scallops, crays and scenery as a backdrop. Charter operators service the area for visitors without a boat. The holiday park hires guests scuba tanks, weight belts, scuba Air fills and kayak hire. Things to do include bush walks in virgin native forest, & bird watching from your accommodation or in the bush and on the water. Dense forest climbs up the steep harbour creating a sense of privacy and remoteness.

The bay is very sheltered due to the hooked shape and a narrow outlet to the wider Sounds. The settlement consists of holiday homes, a campground and wharf. There is a general grocery store, petrol station and cafe open in the summer season. Okiwi Bay is located within Croisilles harbour” (Whangarae), and was named after Dumont D’Urville uncle the Abbot of Croisilles in 1827. An area rich in history – D’Urville also passed through hence the name ‘French Pass’ (Te Aumiti). The area witnessed many travellers, pre-European Maori, whalers, 19th century European explorers and settlers looking for potential farming land.

Okiwi Bay holiday park is a casual comfortable stay to explore the area in depth. This small and friendly holiday park has 10 powered sites, 3 unpowered sites, 2 x cabins, Ablution block with hot showers, kitchen with fridge, deep freezer, full size stoves, microwave, toasters, jug. plus a Laundry.



Explore the area in depth and spend a day or two in Okiwi.


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