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

Waihinau (Bulwer) Bay

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Port Ligar @Marlborough New Zealand Port Ligar @Marlborough New Zealand

The detour to Bulwer Bay is more brilliant Marlborough Sounds scenery. There are very few lookout points on the narrow, winding gravel road. The road to Bulwer is definitely a road much less travelled. The drive from the turnoff to Bulwer takes around 55 minutes on a no exit road. You cannot get down to sea level as most side roads are on private farmland.



The sign for Port Ligar is misleading. You will, much later on the dirt track see a sign for Port Ligar – No Beach Access’, Port Ligar is a farm and it’s surrounded by private farm land.

The area has several working farms with boat access for shipping livestock and people. There are occasionally cottages rented out to visitors who seriously want to get away from it all. Ensure you are carrying enough food supplies and water as its self-catering.

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