The Marlborough Cruise Guide

The Cruise Guide to the Marlborough Sounds is an interactive App and Website of marinas, anchorages, boat ramps, moorings, facilities, and other local knowledge presented visually on a smart map, together with satellite images and nautical charts.

The Cruise Guide stands out from traditional guide books because of its live and regularly updated format, with information contributed from users, such as user reviews and ratings for marinas and anchorages.

While printed guides are often out-of-date before the printing is complete, The Cruise Guide is regularly updated and it's content modified. The data entered is moderated by local experts who offer the type of information cruisers want, and can trust.

A particularly useful portion of The Cruise Guide is the reviews. Reviews by real cruisers help fellow boaties determine when to pull in, when to pass by, and when to use an anchorage.


 Please note, we are still currently adding content and imagery to the app.




The Cruise Guide is intended to be a general guide providing helpful information for boaties and visitors to the Marlborough Sounds. It is not intended for navigational use. Always navigate by reference to a current navigational chart or map.

(Refer also to the Terms and Conditions page for further information about the use of The Cruise Guide and this website.)

The Marlborough Sounds

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Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Sound (Tōtaranui in Māori) is the easternmost sound of the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand’s South Island.
Like its neighbours,Queen Charlotte Sound is a drowned river valley (also called ria) and runs south-west to north-east before joining up with...

Kenepuru Sound

Kenepuru Sound is the shallowest and smallest of the Marlborough Sounds in the South Island of New Zealand. In Māori, one of the meanings of ‘kenepuru’ is silt and evidence of this can be seen two-thirds of the way out of shore.  Renowned for its aqua...

Pelorus Sound

Recent Waitangi Treaty settlements record this sound as a dual name; Pelorus Sound / Te Hoiere
It has a shoreline of 380km and was named after the nautical instrument used on sailing ships and the HMS Pelorus which undertook the first...

Outer Sounds

The Outer Sounds area is naturally exposed to all winds and can represent quite a hurdle to boat users due to its proximity to the Cook Strait. The latter is infamous for its strong currents and rough waters, especially when...