The Marlborough Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Track is the ultimate place to hike, mountain bike and sea kayak with Wilderness Guides as you follow in the footsteps of New Zealand’s earliest navigators and explorers, both Maori and European. Come be a modern-day explorer with us!

Located at the top of the South Island and near the famous Marlborough wine region, the Marlborough Sounds is known as a maritime haven, popular all year with hikers, mountain bikers, sea kayakers and adventure tourists.

The Queen Charlotte Track starting at the iconic and historic Ship Cove runs 70km to Anakiwa and is known as the most diverse coastal track in New Zealand.

Wilderness Guides offer a range of adventures through which to experience the essence of the Marlborough Sounds. Come see us to talk about the best trip for you – this is where your adventure begins!

The Backpacker Group Members Deal

Wilderness Guides offer 10% discount off all Half Day Guided kayak tours and kayak rentals.

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Tours & Products

Half Day Guided Kayak – see here.

All Kayak Rentals – see here.

Hostels Nearby

Tombstone Motel, Lodge & Backpackers

Terms & Conditions

  • Available for The Backpacker Group members only
  • A valid The Backpacker Group membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct online bookings only via
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals
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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.