Things to do
Step into another world and enjoy our farming life, from the wildlife of the sea and air to the domestic farm animals on land. Watch for the mail boat visit, or gaze at the stars in an unpolluted sky. Seals, whales, dolphins, birds and stars – who could ask for anything more?
Go diving in the surging waters or relax on the private beach - with fishing, diving, swimming and sunbathing, you really can have the perfect sea-lovers holiday right here.
If getting out and about and enjoying an action-packed break is your choice, then you will satisfy all of those wishes when mountain biking, hiking, walking or cycling in this stunning setting.
Join one of our exciting pearl tours, indulge in a little pearl shopping, or design your own jewellery using your individually selected, truly beautiful, sustainably produced pearls grown right here at Arapawa Blue Pearls.
Guests who like to follow the ferry journey, from Arapawa island you have 360-degree views. Indulge in your passion for photography or take one of the bespoke helicopter tours for unforgettable vistas of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.
Deep in our consciousness is our sustainable and restorative practice, underlying every aspect of what we do. You will especially enjoy the eco-friendly experience of visiting the Abalone-Paua sanctuary.
Whether planning your proposal at our private beach with champagne or high tea, or honouring a special birthday at the main house, this is where magic happens and memories are made.
The possibilities are endless. Plan your family holidays, multigenerational holidays, honeymoon holidays, solo travel, disconnecting holidays, relaxation holidays, or even a workcation (working + vacation) – your privacy or your happy celebration is our absolute pleasure.
Learn about the adventurous history of the Arapawa Island pioneers with references from Māori oral history, legends and artwork to the diaries recording Captain Cook’s observations when he visited this place. We proudly share with you the school cottage, the old lighthouse keeper’s house (now our shop), and the Arapawa Island lighthouse. Don’t miss the historic whaling station, Gunyah, or our WW2 gun emplacement.
From your secure base with us, venture further to explore the wonders and hidden jewels of the Marlborough Sounds. Match award-winning wines with freshly caught salmon, or simply listen to the birdsong with a picnic. Watch seals idly sunning themselves or take a cruise and explore further the unspoiled beauty of this wonderful place. You will wish you were staying so much longer, but you can always come back again!
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