Mount Richmond EstateQuality Marlborough Accommodation
Around Mount Richmond Estate
Spa Pool – Relax in our hydrotherapy spa pool. At night time you can gaze up at the stars. Tennis – Have a bit of a work out on the court. Basketball – Two boards to practice shooting some hoops. Estate Walk – See the plethora of birdlife, trees, bushes and gardens. Mountain bike – Around the various tracks in the Marlborough Sounds. Glow worms – See our resident glow worms – free tour on request.. Wildlife – As you would expect in a rural location we have a plethora of birds, with a large number of tuis and fantails. We also have kereru, kingfishers, gold finches, green finches, silvereye, riflemen amongst others. Arboretum – There is a stand of trees bordering the estate on the northern side which was planted during 1937/8 for training of the young arborists. This includes a massive range of New Zealand native and exotic trees; allowing for plenty of places for you and your children to explore. Sit on your deck and read! Grassed area – Large grass area for children to play. We have a frisbee for some family fun.
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Pelorus River Kayak Adventure – Set inside the Department of Conservation Pelorus Bridge Reserve tours take you along the pristine Pelorus River. You will learn about the history of the timber business, gold rushes, the native forests and bats, all whilst you kayak down the river in your stable tandem kayak taking in the stunning views and spectacles. A back drop so liked by Peter Jackson that he chose it for a scene in the second Hobbit movie., Visit this link – www.kayak-newzealand.com/
Pelorus Mail Boat – Join Jim on the Pelorus Mail Boat departing Havelock marina delivering mail Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with weekend cruises on Saturday and Sunday. Check out www.themailboat.co.nz for the different routes, times and bookings. Great feedback from all our guests who go on this informative trip seeing the amazing scenery of the Sounds.
River Fishing – the Rai and Pelorus rivers are excellent for trout (1st October till the end of April). Heli-fishing pricing on request. Also see this link – www.nzfishing.com
Rai Valley Cottage – Built in 1881, this cottage is one of the oldest in the area.
Furnished in the style of the 1890/1900 period, it is well worth a visit. www.historicplaces.org.nz
Sea Fishing – Born and bred local Mike Turner is well known for his knowledge of sea fishing and diving. Mike can take you out for a day’s sea fishing. You can try fishing for cod, snapper, groper (Nov – March) and the occasional kingfish. Diving might also be possible for cray.
Kayaking – There are plenty of bays to take your kayak for a fantastic day out or several days. If you don’t have your own kayak they can be hired in Elaine Bay www.seakayakingmarlborough.co.nz
Traditional Sailing – Join the skipper on a traditional 40 tonne gaff cutter sailing boat and get some hands-on experience hauling on ropes, raising the main sail. Glide silently through amazing scenery and see dolphins, penguins, gannets and shags. www.steadfastsail.com
Tui Nature Reserve – Voted 8th best eco destination in the world by BBC Wildlife Magazine the Tui Nature Reserve Wilderness Park is a lot more than just tuis!! 42 hectares of mature and regenerating bush is the vision of Brian and Ellen; their hard work clearing the area of vermin and predators has created an area for protecting native species. Go and see the Marlborough Green Gecko, Red Crowned Kakariki and, hopefully, the elusive Giant Weta. www.tuinaturereserve.co.nz
Walks – There are many walks and tracks in the area. The most notable are the several different walks (and swims) around Pelorus Bridge, a Department of Conservation site. Click for more – www.doc.govt.nz
Complete your walk with a tea or coffee and cake at the Pelorus Bridge café.
Tramping – There is the 27km Nydia Track Walk, the Queen Charlotte Track http://www.qctrack.co.nz/, along with the Link Pathway (also cycle-able) https://marlboroughnz.com/guides/walks/walk-the-link-pathway.
Greenshell Mussel Cruise – Enjoy a truly unique cruise experience on the Greenshell Mussel cruise from nearby Havelock Marina. This cruise departs daily over the summer season at 1.30pm for a 3 hour scenic cruise in the Marlborough Sounds including the fabulous tasting of fresh mussels with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. www.greenshellmusselcruise.co.nz
Tours – Marlborough Travel has been operating tours in the Marlborough region for 18 years and offer a large range of wine tours, scenic tours and cruises in the Marlborough Sounds. www.marlboroughtravel.co.nz
NELSON AND AREA :
Happy Valley Adventures – Approximately 35 minutes away towards Nelson, just after Hira is the turn off to this adventure playground. Sure to have something for all the family, Happy Valley has a range of activities that include Sky-wire Flying Fox, paintballing, horse treks, quad bike tours, argo amphibious vehicle ride. There is also a café for refreshments. www.happyvalleyadventures.co.nz
World of Wearable Art, Nelson – More than art, more than a fashion show, more than an awards show. World of Wearable Art is an amazing combination of all three and more. Explore the world of fashion in it’s widest context. WOW has it’s own café too. www.worldofwearableart.com
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – Voted ‘Best Museum in the World’ by Sydney Morning Herald, it has fantastic, realistic displays that bring all the drama of those early flying days to life. The biggest collection of WW1 aircraft in the world. www.omaka.org.nz Easter 2019 sees the bi-annual air show.
Wine Tour – Take a half or full day tour of various wineries sampling the world famous Marlborough wines.www.marlboroughwinetours.co.nz