Things to do here at The Portage

The Portage is an ideal place to base yourself to discover Marlborough and the Sounds. We make it easy for you to explore the local area, relax at the hotel, hike the Queen Charlotte Track or cruise the local waterways.

Relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of our comfortable lounges, on the deck overlooking Portage Bay, or down at the beach.
Discover the native birds and flowers in the garden or wander further afield to discover a local beach. Local walks range from 20 minutes up to half a day or longer on the Queen Charlotte Track.

Opposite the Snapper Bar & Eatery is our outdoor swimming pool for the kids (& old kids) to enjoy.

Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track

Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track

In the heart of the Marlborough Sounds is the spectacular Queen Charlotte Track.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the diversion for the ridgeline between Kenepuru Saddle and Torea will go into effect from Tuesday 19 February due to a high fire danger.
https://fireweather.niwa.co.nz/region/Marlborough%20Kaikoura

Stretching from the legendary Ship Cove to Anakiwa, home of the Outward Bound school, the track passes through lush coastal forest and meanders around historic bays and along skyline ridges - all the while providing walkers or cyclists with unsurpassed views of both Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. The whole track can be completed in 5 days on foot, or 3 days on a mountain bike with luggage transfers available by water-taxi.

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Scenic Flight

Scenic Flight

Locally owned and operated, Pelorus Air offers a great opportunity to access the Marlborough Sounds and the top of the South Island.

Swim with dolphins

Swim with dolphins

As far as unique New Zealand experiences go, swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds is at the top of the list! Experienced guides will take you on a search for the 5 different species of dolphins found in this area, and it's then up to you whether you enjoy these spectacular animals from the boat or take a dip into the water for a personal encounter.