d’urville island tour
from $3,250 NZD per person
D’Urville Island, lies between Nelson and Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. It is just a 15 minute ferry ride from the village of French Pass but once you cross that water you are in another world. It is the real New Zealand, with a population of around 50 residents spread around its coastline. Explore this island with a local, enjoy some fishing, stay in beachfront cottages and listen to the guides as they shar their stories about natural and human history of the area.
- 4 nights in modern beachfront cottages
- Meet the islanders in their homes
- 6 hr charter boat tour with a 4th generation local
- Fish for blue cod and have it prepared for dinner
- Boat ride through the rapids of French Pass, New Zealand’s horizontal falls
- Various bush and beach walks
- Local guides sharing stories and history
- Return ferry crossing
- Daily water taxi rides
- All meals prepared by the resort
08 Nov 21
14 Feb 22, 02 May 22
until further notice
Meet the locals on this exclusive adventure to one of New Zealand’s last outposts.
In earlier times the Island was New Zealand’s best known site for the production and trade of quality argillite tools by the Maori. These beautifully rendered tools were used by local tribes for vegetable cultivation, building of waka (canoe) and weaponry.
A majority of the island is native forest, under the protection of the Department of Conservation, at the western side and the northern end of the island are steep hill country farms running high quality sheep and cattle.
On the first day you will experience the thrill French Pass with its whirl pools and rapids, alson known as New Zealands, horizontal falls. The French Pass is a reef between the mainland and the island.
Your day out on a large charter boat can include steaming through ‘the hole in the rock’ part of the remains of an ancient crater or get close to Stephen’s Island where you will hear stories of the lighthouse keepers who lived there. Weather permitting you may see the wildlife at Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s many off shore islands, some of which are under conservation protection for their unique wildlife, including Takapourewa (Stephen’s Island) Kuru Pongi (Trio Islands) and the three beautiful Rangitoto Islands. The fourth generation local skipper will take you to where the weather is most sheltered.
It is an area full of history, some of which is beautifully conveyed in Gerald Hindmarsh’s book ‘Angelina’, the tale of life of the Italian early settler Angelina Moleta and her close friend, a high born Maori woman call Wetekia Ruruku Elkington. You will also hear stories of ship wrecks, explorers, whalers, and early settlers. The area was once a busy place, as it was on the shipping route from Wellington to Nelson.
You will stay each night in the comfort of beach front cottages with stunning sea views toward French Pass. Your meals and packed lunches are all supplied by the resort, leaving you free to relax and soak up the island’s atmosphere. The resort has no road access therefore water taxi rides are a daily experience, giving you a taste of what island life is like. Please note that the walking tracks at the resort are limited.
We donate $300 to the community led Stoat Eradication Trust for each tour we take to the island. This to say thank you to the Islanders who warmly welcome us