The Portage | The most spectacular location in Marlborough Sounds

Base yourself at The Portage and explore the magic of the world re-nowned Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Relax, unwind and switch off from the rest of the world while you simply enjoy your surroundings at this beautiful, waterfront Hotel. Submerge yourself into nature when you visit The Portage and enjoy a rustic landscape of native bush, with an abundance of unique wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a quite getaway to sit at the pool soaking in your surroundings or an activity packed trip, The Portage is the perfect place for you.

Explore nature and do the things you love while staying in this stunning part of the Sounds, whether that be walking or cycling New Zealand’s famous Queen Charlotte Track, sea kayaking, sailing, or fishing in the Kenepuru Sounds. Located a quick 10 minutes’ walk from the acclaimed Queen Charlotte Track, The Portage offers a little taste of everything Marlborough has to offer.

Dine for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at The Portage Restaurant & Bar and enjoy a cuisine that inspired our rich New Zealand heritage and infused with herbs grown in our gardens. In summer, you have the option of dining at our beachfront Snapper Bar and Eatery and experience a classic Kiwi “Fish n Chips” and other Kiwi favourites. Both venues offer and have spectacular views of the famous sunken valleys and lush rainforests of the Marlborough Sounds.

The Portage hotel's central location in Marlborough makes it an easy reach from anywhere in New Zealand - being only 15 minutes from Picton by water taxi or 1 hour by road. Blenheim Airport is a 2 minute car trip from Picton and has multiple flights arriving daily from major cities, including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The Marborough Sounds

The Marborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The Sounds were created by a combination of land subsidence and rising sea levels. According to Māori mythology the Sounds are the prows of the sunken wakas of Aoraki.

Things to do

Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte track stretches 70km from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and is an intermediate / advanced grade track. The entire track can be completed in 5 days on foot, or 3 days on a mountain bike with luggage transfers available by water-taxi. You will be rewarded with stunning views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds and encounters with native birds such as Fantail and Weka. The Portage is a short walk from the track.

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Experience the magic

Experience the magic

With 1500kms of coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, there are plenty of opportunities to escape from the hustle and bustle and explore this wonderous area of New Zealand. Discover the perfect place to relax and recharge with uninterrupted views from your balcony to the beautiful bays and native bush clad hills. There are no shortage of activities at The Portage - walking, tramping, kayaking (hired from Picton), fishing or just relaxing.

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