Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Coastal NZ | Port Ligar Tour


5 Day Tour to Port Ligar, Pelorus Sounds, Marlborough

Experience life in the remote outer Te Hoiere, Pelorus Sound, exploring the beautiful surroundings with guided walks and meeting the locals.


Departing from Blenheim, you will board the ‘Taroa’ for a private boat charter with Pelorus Tours’ hosts Gary and Ellen Orchard. Gary whose family name is synonymous with the Marlborough Sounds has a bounty of local stories past and present. Points of interest along the way including blue cod fishing, local wildlife and a visit to a mussel farm. Your destination is Waitata Accommodation, nestled amongst native bush and overlooking the Waiata Reach. 

The tour highlight is a guided day walk at Port Ligar.  Farmed for generations by the Shand family, it is now owned by 3 families who are dedicated to continue the Shand legacy - maintaining the environmental values of this exceptional property. The 6 hour loop walk includes the Sir Bernard Fergusson Reserve and steep farmland, with awe inspiring views over D’Urville Island and Chetwoods.

Visit Bulwer, a seaside depot for ships in the 1800s and pop in for a cup of tea with the McCauley’s, for stories of their fishing ancestors.

You’ll explore D'Urville Island, hearing the stories of the early inhabitants. You will experience views over the mineral belt, farmland and outlying islands. 

Departure dates:

Monday 29th Nov 2021

Mon 21st Feb 2022

Mon 14th Mar 2022



Twin share, private bathroom. Due to the limited availability of accommodation single supplement will be by negotiation.


Group size:

8 including your Driftwood Guides


4 nights, 5 days


2 SUV vehicles with driver/guides


Twin share at the beautiful Waitata Lodge with our local hosts Debra and Mike Brennan. Twin share and shared bathrooms.


There is a loop bush walk at the Lodge and private beach.

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Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Coastal NZ | Port Ligar Tour

Tour Features:

  • Fully escorted tour in SUV vehicles with two driver/guides

  • Return to the same comfortable lodge accommodation each night

  • Views over the Outer and Pelorus Sounds, Cook Strait and Tasman Bay

  • Day trip to D'Urville Island

  • Day walk at Port Ligar farm

  • Afternoon tea at the historic settlement at Bulwer

  • Private charter boat tour with Perlorus Eco Tours with commentary by local historian Gary Orchard

  • See the Chetwood Islands (weather permitting)

  • Road trip from the Outer Sounds back to Blenheim via the French Pass scenic drive

  • All catering provided, a menu designed for your tour by Karaka Cuisine

Tour Inclusions:

  • Pick up and drop off from anywhere in Blenheim

  • 4 nights accommodation

  • All catering (alcoholic drinks are byo)

  • Access fees to private and DoC property

  • Charter boat trip in the Pelorus Sound and ferry ride to D'Urville Island

Murray Duke

"A great experience to see new sights and meet new people, Cheers"
Pre walk briefing with guide Sam
Pre walk briefing with guide Sam

Port Ligar

Port Ligar Homestead
Port Ligar Homestead

Port Ligar

Waimaru Gannet colony
Waimaru Gannet colony

Port Ligar

Pre walk briefing with guide Sam
Pre walk briefing with guide Sam

Port Ligar


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