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Marlborough Sounds 

 

Many of the areas we visit on this expedition are accessible by (winding) roads or hiking tracks. But there is something special and very relaxing about cruising along the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park and the drowned river valley systems of the Marlborough Sounds. The region is synonymous with some of the greatest navigators and explorers the world has known, the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, the French explorer Jules Sébastien Dumont d'Urville and the great British naval Captain James Cook.  On this Expedition we will explore the exploration and exploitation of the region. We will pay special attention to the unique natural history its geology, geography, its botany, birds and marine environment and we will ensure there is plenty of time to simply relax and enjoy each day.

 

 Extreme Travel

 

Includes overnight (possibly multi day) hikes with steeper ascents and descents often along unmarked trails. Participants must be familiar with the use of GPS and have appropriate equipment (see relevant Expedition Notes/Equipment Lists for details). Camping out in tents/huts is included and participants will be expected to backpack own personal gear and a share of party food and equipment. Expedition could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

 

Adventure Travel

 

Includes day hikes along marked and unmarked trails with some steeper ascents and descents. Must be capable of carrying day pack with lunch and waterproof clothing. Could include difficult zodiac travel/landings and/or travel by off road vehicles over rough terrain.

 

Explorer Travel

 

Includes easier half day beach/village and/or guided bush walks. Easier zodiac landings and if applicable comfortable local transport.

Please note it is mandatory to have Medical Insurance including evacuation and repatriation for all of our voyages/expeditions.

Tasman Bay, D’Urville Island and the Marlborough Sounds

11 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021

Many of the areas we visit on this expedition are accessible by (winding) roads or hiking tracks. But there is something special and very relaxing about cruising along the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park and the drowned river valley systems of the Marlborough Sounds. The region is synonymous with some of the greatest navigators and explorers the world has known, ...