A Magic Week in the Marlborough Sounds  -  Anniversary Week, January 2002. 

Ten of us hired a 63 ft motor launch for a week for an extended cruise in the Marlborough Sounds.  The boat has 8 double cabins, a large lounge and above that a large sun/observation deck.  We had exclusive use of the vessel for the week and in perfect weather, we walked, fished, dredged for scallops, swam, viewed the magnificent and varied scenery, made a number of visits to shore to see areas of interest incl a bird sanctuary and some interesting and different farm businesses.  We viewed mussel and salmon farms incl harvesters, lazed in the sun, ate and drank (probably too much at times!), had great and varied meals, played cards, read, and much more.  The boat had a crew of 3 (the owners and a cook) who supplied everything incl the meals.  The Cruise Company we used have their own web site at www.affinitycruises.co.nz.    (Click on any image below for a larger view)