Port Ligar tour in the Marlborough Sounds

- Life in the Sunken Valleys

5 Day Pelorus Sounds Tour
Marlborough, South Island, NZ

Marlborough Sounds Tour fitness level

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

Join us on this fully-escorted 5-day adventure in the Marlborough Sounds, one of New Zealand's most beautiful destinations. 

Spend your days exploring Port Ligar, D'Urville Island and the surrounding Marlborough Sounds. Meet the locals, learn of the natural history, hear intriguing stories and be fascinated by the local wildlife.


Combine this amazing environment with our friendly and experienced tour guides and a great group of people, all sharing similar interests.


All accommodation, transport and meals are organised for you.

Tour Highlights

  • 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 where local Kaumātua Terry Savage; who will speak to you about the historic significance of the island for it argillite manufacturing .

  • Day walk at Port Ligar farm (optional)

  • 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)

  • One way return 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

  • Driftwood Eco Tour's makes donations to the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust 

  • 2 experienced tour guides on each tour, so we can personalize your experience for you.

Meet new friends, try new things.

Tour Departure Dates:

Mon 14th Nov 2022

(Snapper fishing only as blue cod ban in place)

Sun 16th April 2023

(Blue cod and snapper fishing) ​

It is suggested to book early to

avoid disappointment.

Tour Price:

NZ$3,600 per person

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

Group Size:

8 + 2 Driftwood Guides

Tour Duration:

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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Waimaru Gannet colony, a highlight for many on the Marlborough Sounds Tour
Waimaru Gannet colony, a highlight for many on the Marlborough Sounds Tour

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Waitata Lodge, our beautiful accomodation on the Marlborough Sounds Tour
Waitata Lodge, our beautiful accomodation on the Marlborough Sounds Tour

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One of the many beautiful walks
One of the many beautiful walks

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Tour Itinerary 

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. If you prefer you can relax on the deck at the old Shand house, with views over the bay or take a shorter walk.

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. 

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

Please Note: You are welcome to bring your own wine, however any empty bottles must also be packed out.

Other Details

Do you need help with organising transport, flights or travel insurance for your tour? We can refer you to a person who can organise your travel and travel insurance before and after your tour. Just let us know how as early as possible.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe, including the people we visit. To achieve this we have put in place a Covid 19 code of practice. Please read this here.


Want to create your own private tour? Talk to us about creating a completely customised personal tour for you, your partner, family or friends. We would love your dreams become reality. 

"A great experience to see new sights and meet new people, Cheers"
Murray Duke