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Governors Bay, Marlborough Sounds things to do

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Marlborough, South Island

Top sights Governors Bay, Marlborough

  • Forest canopy with its native bird song
  • Diminutive pretty beach fringed with deep green Marlborough Sounds waterway
  • Chance to explore Queen Charlotte Sounds and nearby Picton, the busy interisland port for North and South Island, New Zealand

One place you definitely want to visit is Governors Bay. It’s a 5-10 minute walk down to the narrow beach. The lush forest brushes fine gold sand and the sheltered shallow waters invite you to paddle or swim.

The 15 minute short easy walk to the beach is a great reason to stretch the legs and take great gulps of fresh air as you soak in the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds.

Governors Bay is part of a Department of Conservation reserve with a grass picnic area and compostable toilet. There is no drinking water available.

Governors Bay, New Zealand
Governors Bay, New Zealand

Governors Bay bush walk to beach

  • Length 200 metres

Duration 15 minutes, hard packed earth, there are no steps although it is steep in parts.

Picnic, swim, sunscreen, insect repellant with coastal forest filled with birds singing choruses. Listen for the native tui, bellbirds and kereru.

Governors Bay, Marlborough Sounds is approximately 8.5 km from Picton on the Queen Charlotte Drive. Care is needed on the narrow winding road.

You can walk from Picton to Governors Bay, Marlborough Sounds. The walk has several steep ascents and descends and is approximately 9.9 km.

Marlborough walks

Get to know Marlborough step by step. Lace up the walking boots and explore a working farm, Wither Hills. Enjoy native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

Interested in gardens and parks, scroll through Marlborough gardens and parks. Foodie buffs, find out more about Marlborough and join a wine tour of award winning Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. Grab an opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of military aviation at Omaka or a potter around weekend farmers markets in Blenheim. Plenty of choice makes for a brilliant every day holiday in Marlborough.

Wairau Lagoon walk DOC signage to SS Waverley evocative rusting shipwreck, Marlborough NZ
Wairau Lagoon walk DOC signage to SS Waverley evocative rusting shipwreck, Marlborough NZ


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