Tour commences and concludes at Blenheim airport (or other as arranged). Meet the locals, discover the wildlife and hear about Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s (D’Urville Is) rich culture and heritage, travelling by land and sea on this exclusive adventure to one of New Zealand's last outposts. D'Urville Island, lies between Nelson near Golden Bay and Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. It is just a 15 minute ferry ride from the village of French Pass but once you cross that water you are in another world. It is the real New Zealand, with a population of around 50 residents spread around its coastline.
- Accommodation: Comfortable two bedroom beach front cottages at a fishing lodge at Catherine Cove (own cottage and bathroom for couples, shared two bedroom cottage and 1 bathroom for twin share).
- Transport: Ten seater van. Certified charter fishing vessel. Osprey water taxi. Jetty to jetty.
- Meals as per final itinerary prepared by the resort,
- two-way ferry crossing with van,
- 6 hour charter boat tour, blue cod fishing, water taxi rides.
Available on request, monthly. Starting from $3,575
Meet the locals, discover the wildlife and hear about Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s (D’Urville Is) rich culture and heritage, travelling by land and sea on this exclusive adventure to one of New Zealand's last outposts. D'Urville Island, lies between Nelson near Golden Bay and Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. It is just a 15 minute ferry ride from the village of French Pass but once you cross that water you are in another world. It is the real New Zealand, with a population of around 50 residents spread around its coastline.
- Be guided into one of New Zealand's most difficult to access islands, accommodation, transport and meals are all organised for you.
- Explore D'Urville Island from a charter boat with a local skipper.
- Encounter wildlife and flora such at flowering Rewarewa, Fluttering Shearwaters, Dolphin and Fernbird.
- Your guide will give you a commentary of the stories of the local families who lived here.
- Meet locals who will share their love of the island with you.
- Cruise through the turbulent waters of the French Pass, a thrilling experience!
- Travel from Blenheim to the island and return by comfortable modern Toyota Hiace van.
- Return each night to comfortable beach front cottages with cafe and bar only steps away.
- Knowledgeable guides.
- All food is provided (alcoholic beverages are at your own cost, there is a bar at the resort cafe).
- A day tour in a charter boat with a local skipper exploring the waterways around the island.
- Guided fishing, your catch will be filleted and cooked that night.
A majority of the island is native forest, under the protection of the Department of Conservation, at the western side and the northern end of the island are steep hill country farms running high quality sheep and cattle. On the first day experience the thrill of being taken through the rapids of a vertical waterfall, the French Pass with its whirl pools and rapids. The area is also well known for its great fishing, and you will have an opportunity to catch your dinner, which will be filleted and cooked for you at the resort. Your day out on a large charter boat can include steaming through 'the hole in the rock' part of the remains of an ancient crater or get close to Stephen's Island where you will hear stories of the lighthouse keepers who lived there.
Weather permitting you may see the wildlife on the off shore islands, some of which are under conservation protection for their unique wildlife, including Takapourewa (Stephen’s Island) Kuru Pongi (Trio Islands) and the three beautiful Rangitoto Islands. The fourth generation local skipper will take you to where the weather is most sheltered.
It is an area full of history, some of which is beautifully conveyed in Gerald Hindmarsh’s book ‘Angelina’, the tale of life of the Italian early settler Angelina Moleta and her close friend, a high born Maori woman call Wetekia Ruruku Elkington. You will also hear stories of ship wrecks, explorers, whalers, and early settlers. The area was once a busy place, as it was on the shipping route from Wellington to Nelson.
You will stay in comfort of a beach front units with stunning sea views toward French Pass. Your meals and packed lunches are all supplied by the resort, leaving you free to explore the area and relax and soak up the island's atmosphere.