Honeymoon Package Queen Charlotte Suite Marlborough Sounds

Wonderfully remote...!

What a beautiful place tucked away by Queen Charlotte Sound! We also hiked up to and on the Queen Charlotte Track for a few kilometers. Our room had balconies and views for 180 degrees. We could watch the ferry sailing back toward Wellington. So beautiful in the evening darkness. It was a short drive to Blenheim airport to fly to Auckland. Tirimoana was a perfect place for our last night on the South Island - remote and spectacularly beautiful view of the sea and tides yet not that far from the airport or Picton.

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Wow, what a beautiful house! We ended our trek on the QCS track (Queen Charlotte Track) here and it was just what we needed. The rooms are gorgeous and beautifully appointed with sophisticated style. Our bed was extremely comfortable and we just sank into the fluffy pillows! We loved every minute of our time here and would thoroughly recommend Tirimoana House to anyone visiting the area. We promise you won't be disappointed.

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Located at the end of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Tirimoana House in Anakiwa is ideally situated to explore the area by walking, mountain biking or sea kayaking. For the walkers, The Queen Charlotte Track, is one of New Zealand’s iconic walks (it is also a great ride for the more experienced mountain bikers) and is a 70km trek starting at Ship’s Cove, (Captain Cook’s favourite landing site), and ending at Anakiwa. Many will want to end their trek in Anakiwa where they can relax in our spa pool, swimming pool, or comfortable lounge. For others who don’t have time for the full trek there are less strenuous options to walk (or bike) parts of the track. Guests can either:
1. Take a water taxi departing from the nearby Anakiwa jetty at 8:50 a.m. and walk back to Tirimoana House from a choice of four stopping off points along the track (see Arrow Water Taxis for options); or
2. End their walk / bike ride at Mistletoe Bay and from the jetty take the Cougar Line Water Taxi back to the Anakiwa jetty, arriving here at 4 p.m.

The Link Pathway, from Picton to Havelock is a new track for walkers and mountain bikers (mostly grade 2) and has been opening up in stages over the last couple of years. It is now nearing full completion from Picton to Anakiwa and the majority of the sections from Anakiwa to Havelock. The track access is right outside the property and guests can walk or bike to the end of the Queen Charlotte Track or head off along the track, by the side of Anakiwa Road to the Queen Charlotte Drive where the track branches either towards Picton or Havelock. The views from the Link Pathway are stunning.

Sea kayaks and mountain bikes are available for hire from Sea Kayak Adventures located on Anakiwa Road on the way here. They offer sea kayaking, mountain biking, guided walking tours, as well as rentals of kayaks and mountain bikes.

For those who want a more leisurely stay, just relax and read a book in the tranquil grounds of Tirimoana House and soak up the views of the wonderful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.

These days Marlborough is perhaps best known for its fine wines as well as its maritime activities in the Marlborough Sounds. The Provence is by far New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and with some 30 cellar doors, mostly clustered closely together near Blenheim, it is easy, perhaps too easy, to sample the local wines where many of the wineries have restaurants open for lunch.

Marlborough Tours offer a diverse range of wine tours and other tours and it is worth checking their website to find a tour that interests you. These tours include:

• Full day wine tour with lunch at a winery restaurant
• Half day wine tour, half day cruise the Marlborough Sounds
• Half day cruise from Picton, cruise the Queen Charlotte Sound and Tory Channel
• Half day Greenshell Mussel cruise from Havelock and explore the Pelorus and Keneperu Sounds

There are several other cruises of the Marlborough Sounds from Picton for the Queen Charlotte Sound and from Havelock for the Pelorus and Keneperu Sounds. From Picton, Beachcomber Cruises offer several different cruises including the Motuara Island bird sanctuary cruise, the mail boat cruise and water taxis to the Queen Charlotte Track. See www.beachcombercruises.co.nz for details and other private cruises. Also departing from Picton, E-Ko Tours are wildlife specialists with tours including dolphin watching, or swimming and bird watching tours, see www.e-ko.nz. From Havelock, the Pelorus mail boat run is the longest official NZ Post mail run in New Zealand and has different routes and cruises on different days of the week. See www.themailboat.co.nz

There are some interesting museums in Marlborough, which include:

• Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to film director Sir Peter Jackson’s Knights of the Sky, a world-class aviation museum for the appreciation of historic aircraft.

• Brayshaw Park, a series of buildings showcasing Marlborough Heritage set in several acres of parkland in the outskirts of Blenheim. It is home to the Marlborough Historical Society; Vintage Farm Machinery; Vintage Car Club and some other Clubs and Societies.

• Marlborough Museum has a collection of items which tells the story of Marlborough, and has artefacts from the early Polynesian settlers from some 700 years ago, through to the arrival of Captain Cook, the whaling stations and early European settlement.

• Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, Picton is home to the Edwin Fox, allegedly the 9th oldest ship in the world, built in India in 1853 and used for several purposes, including the carriage of immigrants from England to New Zealand in the 1870s.

Scenic Flights:
Pelorus Air, based in Picton offer scenic flights over the Inner Sounds, including Queen Charlotte Sound, the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and over D’Urville Island.

Mountain Biking & Walking:
There are several great walking and mountain bike tracks in Marlborough of varying grades, see www.marlboroughnz.com. The Nydia Track is more of a walking track than biking track and although it is rated for experienced bikers, it is extremely tough and best suited for expert riders with appropriate bike protection gear. If you are a less than experienced biker don’t even think about this track. The Wither Hills tracks behind Blenheim offer a wonderful range of walking tracks and is a playground for mountain bike riders of all experience. Conders Bend Mountain Bike Park is a short 6km track, which runs through a forest by the banks of the Wairau; full of twists and turns, where a couple of loops will have you feeling exhilarated and ready for lunch at a nearby winery.

River kayaking down the Pelorus River is available, departing from the Bluemoon Lodge in Havelock and includes the Hobbit Kayak tour as well as premium private tours, see www.kayak-newzealand.com for details.

If fishing is your sport, take a charter boat from Picton or Havelock, or perhaps fish off the Tirimoana jetty a short stroll from Tirimoana House.

There are several restaurants - in Picton (24kms away), Havelock (21kms), the winery restaurants and Blenheim (59kms) - offering local and international cuisine. Nearby the Queen Charlotte Tavern has recently changed ownership and offers a good selection of meals.