Uncharted Wilderness Tours

Guided Wilderness tours in the Marlborough Sounds NZ

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Discover the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound.....

Uncharted Wilderness Tours specialises in guided or unguided walking/boat tours in the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. 

If you are looking for a friendly personal tour that is down to earth and shows the real Outer Queen Charlotte Sound and its beautiful environment, on land or underwater, then we would love to share our beautiful, remote and secret world with you.

To travel through past, present and future, and explore this wonderful world of tall green forest and deserted islands that float on sky blue seas, join us on one of our day or multi Ship Cove Waterfallday, guided or unguided, package tours to make contact with a world that is still the way it is meant to be. 

If you go to one of the most isolated parts of one of the most isolated countries in the world you will find yourself in the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui), Marlborough Sounds, situated in the Historic Ship CoveSouth Island (Te Wai Pounamu), of New Zealand.

A few hundred years ago it wasn’t so isolated, in fact not only was it in the centre of New Zealand, it was the temporary home of European explorers like Captain Cook and a main thoroughfare for Maori, as Picnicing on Bluemine Islandthey travelled south to gather pounamu or greenstone.

But now that motor has replaced sail and road has replaced sea, the outer Totaranui has become almost as deserted as it was before humans came to this place. While traces of human settlement can still be found, if one knows where to look, the tall forests and sky blue seas now mainly provide a home for nature.

We look forward to seeing you.

A sneak peek of what the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound and Uncharted Wilderness Tours has to show you.

To experience what Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve has to offer, follow this link to see our collaboration with the Dept of Conservation and EMR (Experience Marine Reserves) at the 2015 Community Snorkel Day.Snorkelling Long Island Marine Reserve

Tramping True Wilderness Tour

Join our 4 day guided walking/boat tour to tramp and explore the true wilderness of the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds and Outer Sanctuary Islands.

Includes three nights accommodation, wilderness dinners, continental breakfasts, lunches and more...

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True Marine Reserve and Wildlife Day Tour

For those who want a taste of what the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer but have limited time, join our guided day tour to explore Ship Cove, our own true marine gem, Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve and Motuara Island.

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True Sunrise/Dawn Chorus Tour

Join our 3 day guided walking/boat tour to explore the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds and an Outer Sanctuary Island. ​

Journey through some of the most deserted and exposed landscape in the area, experience an exquisite sunrise, with a ringing back ground of bird call at one of the unique Sanctuary Islands and commune with the animal and marine life that calls the Marlborough Sounds their home.

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True Sunrise/Dawn Chorus Overnight Tour

Join our overnight guided tour to explore Motuara Island and the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds. ​

Travel in Captain Cooks "boat wake" from Ship Cove to Cape Jackson peninsula for the night. Explore Motuara Island at dawn, experience an exquisite sunrise, with a ringing back ground of bird call.

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True Marine Reserve and Wildlife Overnight Tour

Join our overnight guided tour to explore our own true marine gem  Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve and the Cape Jackson Peninsula.

Travel in Captain Cooks "boat wake" from Ship Cove to Cape Jackson peninsula for the night.  ​Then visit and picnic on Long Island beach were we can also explore beyond the waters edge into the wonderful world of the marine life with a swim, snorkel or by using our onboard bathescopes.

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3 Day Back to Base Wilderness Adventure

Join our 3 day walking/boat tour to explore the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds and the Outer Sanctuary Islands.

Each day sets out on a variation of exciting places to explore. Travel in Captain Cooks "boat wake" from Ship Cove to Cape Jackson peninsula, our home, home of Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park and the longest privately owned walking tracks in the Queen Charlotte Sound.  ​

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4 Day Back to Base Wilderness Adventure

Join our 4 day walking/boat tour to explore the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds and the Outer Sanctuary Islands. This tour is similar to our 3 day package however it adds a challenging walk on the first day from Ship Cove to Anakakata Lodge Cape Jackson. A must for those avid trampers!

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