Bay of Many Coves
Nestled in a stunningly beautiful cove, on the edge of a bay lapped by the Pacific’s sparkling aqua waters and deep in the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds, you’ll find a secret eco-retreat that offers gorgeous living space, delectable cuisine and mesmerizing views.
And we should probably mention that you can watch pods of dolphins and seals in the waters below while you savour your homemade cocktail on the balcony.
Facilities & Activities
Pristine and peaceful with jaw dropping views and the perfect position deep within the Sounds to explore, adventure or simply relax at the waterside cafe. Unwind in the luxurious spa and choose from a selection of restorative treatments in the tranquil setting, float in the heated outdoor swimming pool or spend the day at the beach on the velvet soft sands.
Explore the many coves by hiring a kayak or dingy – all available at the resort – or book a guided motorboat excursion around the bay and learn about the local wildlife, flora and fauna. Enjoy the majestic scenery on foot or bike along one of the many tracks leading out from the resort through 52 hectares of lush bushland and spot the many native birds that inhabit the area. Ask the resort to organise a boat to ferry you in between the various entry and exit points along the stunning track and combine with dolphin watching from the bow. Take it a step further and swim with the dolphins in one of the many secluded coves; the resort is partnered with Dolphin Watch Tours, ensuring you have the most natural and wonderful experience seeing these marine mammals up close. Truly an experience of a lifetime. The resort can also offer all kinds of help and advice with excursions and can tailor an itinerary to suit you.
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Incredible views combined with mouth watering dishes are the order of the day here. Choose from 5* fine dining at The Foredeck – its fresh, seasonal cuisine with a twist complimented by specially selected local and international wines – and watch the sun set across the bay. Or Kumatage Lounge offers a slightly more informal setting and a delicious range of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options. Have freshly baked goodies and plan the days adventures. Or set up camp right on the jetty beside the sparkling waters at Bight Café. Great coffee, great food and a relaxing sea front vibe (and for the sports enthusiast – a big screen with all the major games).
There’s a choice of three, two or one bed contemporary apartments, all of which are beautifully designed with warm wood interiors, stunning views and luxurious touches. The larger rooms feature kitchenettes and all offer en suite bathrooms, separate seating areas and a private balcony or patio from which to enjoy the spectacular and uninterrupted views out across the bay.
The resort welcomes children but their emphasis is very much on maintaining a sophisticated and relaxing environment for guests. Children are not allowed in the Foredeck Restaurant after 7pm but they are well catered for at the Kumatage or Bight Café which serve a range of child friendly options before 5.30pm. Room service is also available and the larger apartments come with a kitchenette.
As for activities it is adventures all the way here, starting from the exhilarating boat ride in. Children will love the idea of being tucked away with no roads – a proper Swallows and Amazons type hideaway. Take them to the safe and calm beaches for the day, play hide and seek (keeping a sharp eye for pirates!) in the little coves, hire bikes or just hike out and spot the incredible array of wildlife – the trails are child friendly and there are numerous choices of tracks. They’ll love pottering about in a kayak or take them dolphin spotting – a sight they’ll never forget.
The Lodge has been awarded a Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award.
While the resort is completely secluded and found tucked right within the tranquil and pristine natural paradise that is Marlborough Sounds, it is easily accessible. Take the ferry or fly from Wellington into the little waterside town of Picton and then it’s a gorgeous 30 minute boat ride through little coastal inlets and forested hills that drop into the water.
Or take the scenic float-plane from Picton and arrive in style, dropped on the waterfront right in front of the resort. Short and long term car parking is available in Picton at the council car park between the Cougar Line office and the Mercure Yacht Club Hotel. Alternatively you could always hike in via the famous and breath-taking Queen Charlotte track.