Bay of Many Coves Resort-Picton, New Zealand

This stunning sunrise picture was taken by Harry on our first morning at the beautiful Bay of Many Coves Resort in Picton Bay. (I woke up about 10 minutes too late to see this amazing sunrise in person!) We had 2 great nights at this resort. More on the resort in a minute…

So, after our wonderful stay at the Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets, we drove about 3 hours over to Picton to spend one night there before heading to the Bay of Many Coves. The drive was lovely and we drove past sheep and wineries.

On our way to Picton, we stopped at the Slip Inn Cafe in Havelock (the green -shell mussel capital of the world) for their famous green lipped mussels-they also had delicious seafood chowder!

We booked a last minute one night stay at the Picton Waterfront Penthouse Apartment through This apartment was totally fantastic, affordable and in a superb location overlooking the harbor! It was the perfect place to stroll around and chill out before more chilling out even more at the resort! Score!

We drove to Karaka Point Reserve (simply by chance) to kill some time before catching our afternoon water taxi to the Bay of Many Coves. It was really cool!

In Picton, at the harbor, we caught our afternoon water taxi to the Bay of Many Coves. We were on the Cougar Line, which not only transported us to the resort but also delivered bags and foods along the Queen Charlotte Track as well as pickups from private homes.

We loved the amazing view from our 2 bedroom cottage.

When we weren’t just relaxing in the room and soaking up the views, we hiked to a waterfall and kayaked. We soaked in the cedar soaking tub, fed fish, saw lots of birds, seals, dolphins and a stingray. We also took a nighttime hike to see glow worms-super cool!

We took a water taxi back to Picton after 2 nights at the resort and then drove about 1/2 hour to Blenheim.

We had time to kill before our flight from Blenheim to Auckland so we checked out the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center. It was a really well done exhibit of Peter Jackson’s collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts.

Then it was off to Auckland before the next leg of our journey!

Next up…Brisbane, Australia

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