There are many ways to access the beauty of the Sounds from the water. From the Lodge we have complimentary use of our kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. You could choose to make your way to the Lodge by combining a cruise and transfer with Pelorus Mail Boat. Otherwise you can hire a yacht for a couple of hours, or days; take a cruise around the Kenepuru Sound and hear about the history of the area, and visit some mussel farms; take a fishing trip with some of the Sounds most experienced fishermen, and it’s all on the doorstep of Raetihi Lodge.


Single and double kayaks are available for complimentary use to our accommodation guests.  Why not take a couple of hours to paddle to see the remains of the Amokura shipwreck, just a couple of bays around from the Lodge – it’s quite spectacular. We have a selection of different sized life jackets available, including children’s sizes. Please make your bookings at Reception.


SUPs are available for complimentary use by our accommodation guests at Raetihi Lodge. You can get some exercise while exploring the neighboring bays and sites around the Kenepuru Sound. We have a selection of different sized life-jackets available, including children’s sizes. Please make your bookings at Reception.

BOATING COMPANIES TO CONSIDER, depending on your desired boating activity

Cruising the Marlborough Sounds’ tranquil waterways is a stunning experience. There are many different options available, including water taxis, mussel cruises, scenic cruises, wine and food cruises, yachting, eco tours, fishing trips and cruises to the outer sounds.

Some great companies we recommend:

Marlborough Tour Company

Pelorus Mail Boat

Sounds by Sail

Kenepuru Water Taxis

Pelorus Tours

We can help you with bookings and further information is available at the Raetihi Lodge Reception. Phone (03) 573 4300 or email us on


Interested in chartering your own boat or sailing vessel, bareboat or skippered and/or crewed? Here are some charter companies to contact:

Compass Charters

Sounds by Sail


Guests at Raetihi Lodge can use the complimentary fishing rods to try to catch a snapper off the jetty… it’s been done before!  Bait is also available. Please see Reception.

Fishing Anglers of all skills and ability will enjoy the saltwater fishing of the Marlborough Sounds. Come and experience fishing in the stunning coastal waters. Pelorus Tours offer full day or half day fishing tours, and will help with filleting and bagging your catch for you to take home.

Pelorus Tours