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Bay of Many Coves

Arthur's Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand


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First, a point of clarification: Bay of Many Coves is the name of both the hotel and the body of water alongside which the hotel is located. If the shores here were crowded with resorts, you can imagine the sort of who’s-on-first confusion that might ensue — fortunately, this is one of those New Zealand hotels where your room comes with a generous, serene expanse of the natural world and practically no one to share it with. No danger of your helicopter, seaplane or ferry arriving at the wrong hotel on the Bay of Many Coves; there’s just one here, and like its setting, it’s a stunner.

No matter how you arrive, it’s a scenic trip in, and on arrival you’re greeted by the only form of terrestrial transport available: a golf cart. There are no roads in or out unless you count the hiking trails, a state of affairs that ought to be more than fine if you’re a hiker, a kayaker, a swimmer, a row-boater, or just someone who enjoys eating fresh seafood in an impossibly pretty, only-in-New Zealand setting. And those are just a few of the activities on offer. You can also soak in the cedar hot tub or heated outdoor pool, swim with dolphins, boat around the bay in search of orcas, fish, sail, go wine-tasting or walk around at night and gaze at glow worms, if that’s your thing. The fishing and the region’s famous sauvignon blancs, in particular, are world-class. (Lacking familiarity with the overseas competition, it’s difficult to assess the relative merits of the glow worm program, but to the untrained eye everything seems to be in order.)

Clearly, the point is not to hole up in the room, but after a day exploring the outdoors, the accommodations certainly don’t disappoint. They’re not so much rooms as modern apartments dropped into nature, with kitchenettes, oversized bathrooms, dining and sitting areas. It’s all oriented toward a wall of windows and a private deck overlooking the bay and its many, many unpeopled coves.

How to get there:

Bay of Many Coves is a short 30-minute ferry ride away from the township of Picton. Sounds Air offers flights from Wellington to Picton Kormiko Airport. Air New Zealand offers regularly scheduled flights into Blenheim, which is 30-minutes by car to Picton. For all transportation options (along with assistance for shuttles/private car transfers between the airport and Picton harbour), please contact

This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
  • New Zealand gourmet cheese platter (a value of approximately NZ$45)
  • NZ$ 40 credit towards a treatment at the Miritu Day Spa or an upgrade from 3 course dinner to 7 course Degustation dinner (NZ $40 value)
  • Bottle of Marlborough Wine upon arrival (a value of approximately NZ$60)
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  • Bay of Many Coves
  • Arthur's Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Hotel amenities and services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Wake-up service
  • Wine Cellar
  • Wine tours nearby

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