The remarkable Marlborough Sounds.
Hidden behind the hills of Strachan Peak, on the road to Picton, you’ll find a place to fall in love with sauvignon blanc, all over again. The stunning Marlborough Sounds
is an aqueous oasis of wildlife, which you can watch with a glass in hand from on high, aboard the luxury MV Mantra Catamaran by Seafood Odyssea Cruise (seafoododysseacruise.co.nz)
. Departing daily from Picton Marina, for three tranquil hours you’ll experience the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound, taking in the native marine life in an area renowned for its dolphins, seals and penguins. The cruise includes a visit to an aquaculture farm, before sampling as-fresh-as-it-gets local seafood, including Tio Point oysters, Greenshell mussels, and Regal Salmon, paired, of course, with a glass or two of local, world-class Marlborough wine. DANIEL HONAN
➽ TIP: Keep an eye out for playful dolphins and sunbathing seals.