Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound and the Pelorus Sound are the three ancient, sunken valleys that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Recognised as the gateway to New Zealand's South Island, the Marlborough Sounds are a complex maze of deep channels, sheltered waterways and secluded bays, encompassed by verdant bush-clad hills.

Popular with yachties, the Marlborough Sounds offers its visitors a wealth of leisure activities, from fishing, water-skiing and kayaking, to walking the Queen Charlotte Track.

Visitors to the Sounds can experience the tranquillity of this awe-inspiring area, which features unspoiled native flora as well as albatross, little blue penguins, dolphins, seals, shags and terns.

The very isolation of the Marlborough Sounds is its main attraction. "Baches", holiday houses and even permanent homes are dotted throughout the hidden bays and coves, as well as a number of luxury resorts and lodges that are only accessible by sea.