Rai Valley is a locality in Marlborough, New Zealand. State Highway 6 runs through the area. The Rai River runs past the locality to join the Pelorus River at the locality of Pelorus Bridge to the south. Nelson is 48 km to the west. Okiwi Bay is 22 km to the northeast. Canvastown is 17 km to the southeast. The area may have been named for the Rangitāne chief, Rai kau moana. The locality supports dairy farming in the area, with a dairy and cheese factory established in about 1909.
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In amongst the varied and vibrant sea life found off Kaikoura is the spectacular dusky dolphin, found in pods of up to several hundred strong and one of the most delightfully exuberant characters of the Southern Ocean.
Dolphin Encounter operates tours by boat up to three times per day for swimming with or watching these magnificent dolphins.
Dolphin Encounter provides the opportunity for you to go swim and watch wild dusky dolphins in their natural environment off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand. Tours have two options, watching or swimming, with both options occurring on the same boats. Whether you choose to view from the boat or join the dolphins in the ocean, you will have a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!
Join one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. Whilst we are delivering, you’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty. It really is a great way to cruise the Marlborough Sounds!
Over the winter months (May to October), we deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; and during the summer months (November to April), we deliver Monday through to Saturday. Also, during the summer months, you can join us on Sundays for our ‘Best of the Sounds Cruise’. View all cruise options now. Not only that, but we offer transfers and boat charters around the Pelorus Sound!
Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run or drop you at your accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds.
Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never see
Learn the fascinating history of these characters who live way out here, far from town
See the local wildlife up close and personal and learn about the rare species in the area
Highlight’s Marlborough Wine Tours are for those with a taste for wines, beers and fruit liqueurs.
Join us for a not-to-be-missed tour through Marlborough’s world famous wine region and sample the well-known Sauvignon Blancs with other like-minded wine tasters, while enjoying the fantastic panoramic landscapes.
Our wine tours operate seven days a week and we are flexible with start / finish times.
Daily group wine tours are in one of our 11-seater air-conditioned coaches with a choice of start times. The earlier start times of 10am or 11.30am allow you a lunch break during the tour to enjoy a winery lunch (at your cost).
We provide door-to-door pick ups from your accommodation in Blenheim, Picton and Havelock. Additional charges apply for pick ups beyond Blenheim. If you are staying in Picton or Havelock, the additional charge per booking is $30.
We discuss with our guests their taste in wine and select the wineries to visit. To keep the day relaxed and flexible, we aim to visit 5 – 6 wineries during the day with a lunch stop at one of Marlborough’s favourite family owned Winery Café / Restaurants.
Summer is here and we have had some amazing encounters with the Fur Seals, Blue Penguins and Dusky Dolphins along the Kaikoura coastline.
Stay warm and dry in your enclosed Sea Kayak with the Kokatat Jacket, and spray skirt that we provide. Come catch up with the locals of the marine kind with us today! Whether you want to hire your own kayak, paddle with the marine life, or up skill through our kayak school all your dreams can be fulfilled at Kaikoura Kayaks. The curious NZ Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins are only a few paddle strokes away and our local guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula.
Our hassle free, Eco Friendly sea kayak tours offer a safe, enjoyable, interactive experience with little effort and a whole lot of good fun. You can also hire sea kayaks from us. Have the freedom of discovering the Kaikoura Peninsula and its marine life by hiring one of our top quality sea kayaks. We will set you up in the best area for paddling.
Come park at our Tavern carpark and use the restaurant and Pub facilities. Every Thursday between 5pm-7pm is happy hour.
Directions from Nelson: Turn onto SH6, head toward Blenheim, travel approx. 49kms. Tavern is on right in Rai Valley township on SH6.
Price: $10 un-powered or $20 powered.
Both self contained, non-self contained campervans and people in tents can stay here at the Alfred Stream Reserve for a maximum of 2 nights. Please be respectful of these rules and the environment.Visit Alfred Stream Reserve
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