Early Explorers from Queen Charlotte Sound to Akaroa
We take a private cruise out on the Sound to visit Ship Cove in this 250th anniversary year of Cook’s first landfall. Hear the stories of the Polynesian voyagers’ settlement at Wairau Boulder Bank and discover the history of the eastern coastline at Kaikoura and Akaroa.
What Tracy loves about this tour:
“It takes an hour to cruise down stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to the jetty at Ship Cove and it’s always a treat. It’s the perfect way to start our coastline odyssey in the wake of the first visitors and settlers. Each night we stay close to the sea and each day we connect with our early history.”
7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland visiting Blenheim, Picton, Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, Kaikoura, Akaroa and Christchurch
We celebrate arriving in Blenheim with a wine tasting and lunch at Brancott Estate restaurant overlooking the vineyards.
Later we visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre to see Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of WW1 and WW2 aircraft and memorabilia. We drive to Picton and stay three nights at the Picton Beachcomber Inn and dine in this evening.
What you'll love today
Wine tasting and lunch at Brancott Estate, home to the first ever Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
See Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WW1 & WW2 aircraft and memorabilia
Day 2: Picton – Queen Charlotte Sound, Ship Cove – Picton
We take a private discovery cruise out on magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove near the entrance to the Sound. We lunch at the Cove and enjoy time soaking up the atmosphere at this historic site.
Maori valued Ship Cove's sheltered waters and it’s easy to see why Captain Cook did too, returning four times to drop anchor in this idyllic cove. We cruise back to port in the mid afternoon.
Day 7: Akaroa – Little River – Christchurch – Fly to Auckland
After breakfast at Bully Hayes, named for an early American “pirate” visitor and a stroll in the village, we visit Akaroa Museum where exhibits tell the stories of the Ngai Tahu, whalers and French settlers.
Returning over the Peninsula we stop at Little River on the way to Christchurch airport.