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"A tranquil nature escape set amongst divine scenery"

Need to know

    • 9 villas
    • Located on a steep hillside on the edge of the Bay of Many Coves in the Marlborough sounds

We love

  • Different kinds of wildlife, native birds, dolphins, seals, penguins.
  • Wine tasting
  • Peacefulness and tranquillity
  • The private terrace in each villa
  • The sense of elevation from the villas and stunning views over still blue water.

Top Secret

The winter months are a wonderful time to go as they enjoy some of the sunniest days and least wind, and it’s quieter.


Since taking over ownership Murray and Elaine have transformed the resort into a 5 star experience of quality and service. The passion that they have for providing guests with the highest possible experience while sharing their love for food, wine and the environment is very apparent.

The Review

The experience begins before you even arrive at the resort. The resort is so remote, it can only be reached by water taxi from Picton, or helicopter. The journey by water is an amazing experience jetting through the majestic tranquility of the Marlborough Sounds. You are likely to see dolphins, seals, native birds and other wildlife. On arrival at the Bay of Many Coves Resort, you will be warmly greeted by the owners Murray and Elaine, who will give you a tour of the resort and the surrounding environment.

The resort consists of 9 private villas dotted over a steep hillside. Each villa has a breathtaking, uninterrupted view over the bay and all day sun all. Designed in harmony with the coastal native bush environment and furnished to suit, their elevation and timber detailing give the feeling of being in a luxurious tree house.

The resort prides itself on 3 areas – Exceptional Service, an incredible natural environment, and its food & wine, and it did not disappoint in any of these areas.
The flora and fauna are a real standout. Native birds are a common site all day, a rare pleasure for those from the city. 

The restaurant has a lovely ambience as you sit overlooking the view and enjoy sampling from a considered wine list that celebrates the best wine growing regions of New Zealand. The owners are passionate for wine, and in particular the local sauvignon blanc which is highly regarded.

It was clear the chef has a real passion for creating original and thoughtful dishes which make use of local & sustainable produce as much as possible. 

The owner’s ethos is based on the term “Te Papa” which is Maori for “Our Place”. They want you to feel as welcomed and at home as possible during your stay.


Bay Of Many Coves Resort

  • Address: Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
  • Travel info: A 20 minute water taxi ride from Picton, or by helicopter from Blenheim

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Helipad

  • Stunning Views

  • Free Wifi

  • Restaurant

  • Spa