How you relax says a lot about who you are as a holidaying person. Good news is we have something for everyone here at Punga and over at our sister accommodation, Furneaux Lodge.
The active relaxer
The classic active relaxer doesn’t cope well with sitting on the beach watching the view all day – they want to be involved with, immersed in, and a part of that view.
We feel you, active relaxers. Our suggestions for Punga Cove active relaxing are:
One of the easiest ways to keep moving while you soak in our beautiful natural surroundings is to ask at reception for one of our sea kayaks and get amongst it. We’ll provide you with all you need to know and do, and point you in the direction of some good spots. Just strap on your life jacket and get amongst it – keep your eyes out for graceful stingrays that are likely to glide underneath you close to the shore in summer.
Stand up paddle boarding is one of the most popular holiday activities around, and Endeavour Inlet, with its calm sheltered water, is the perfect place for it. There’s few things more enjoyable than slowly gliding over the clear water to investigate some of the pretty coves, peek at neighbouring holiday homes and jetties and just enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautifu place. Punga Cove has a number of boards available for guests, so just ask at reception and we’ll arrange for you to use one.
The Queen Charlotte Track, which passes through Punga Cove, is a mountain biker’s dream. There’s lots of ways for you to experience from here. Come and ask at reception to borrow a mountain bike and then decide on how active a relaxer you really are. Either head uphill – we really mean uphill - behind the resort and bike to Torea Bay or Mistletoe Bay, or take it a bit easier and do the somewhat less arduous stretch from Punga Cove to Ship Cove/Meretoto (hot tip: most people ride this stretch from north to south, so catch a water taxi from here to Ship Cove/Meretoto and go with the flow).
From a revitalising bush walk around the coastline of Endeavour Inlet to a good solid sweat-breaking uphill mission towards exceptional views, Punga Cove is surrounded by some great hiking opportunities.
If you’re not already here because you’re walking the 72km Queen Charlotte Track then this is your chance to explore a slice of the world-famous route. Ask at reception about which part of the track suits what you want to do, and about water taxi transfers if you only want to walk one day.
Are you feeling particularly adventurous and have hiking experience? Then the alpine summit of Mt Stokes is a great challenge that will see you rewarded with the best views in the Marlborough Sounds, from a height of 1203m. The 4-5 hour walk begins 6km from Punga Cove.
The "satisfy my senses" relaxer
Whether it's your mind, your eyes, your tastebuds or your ears - you like your holiday to "feel" good.
There’s no need to go any further for this new experience than our very own Boatshed for alfresco pizza and seafood. And, our hilltop Punga Fern Restaurant featuring all the best of Marlborough’s amazing home grown produce, from wild game sourced from our amazing back country to local salmon cured in local gin, the smart casual dining venue is an opportunity to taste unique gourmet combinations in a setting like nowhere else.
If you're like a sponge for information on the history of every area you visit - you read every information sign and you love talking to locals - then you'll love it here. There's heaps to learn about Marlborough's rich Maori and early European settler heritage, so you'll be in your element.
Hear the birds
Because Punga Cove is nestled into a hillside of native bush, the birdsong is something else. Awake to a dawn chorus, listen to the birds happily go about their day all day and see many cheeky Weka along with many other native birds, then hear their adorable nesting sounds as they settle down at sunset for the night.
Flying over the Marlborough Sounds is a feast for the eyes and great way to get a real grasp on how extensive these sounds really are, and how beautiful. On a clear day, you’ll see not only the Sounds but also the snow-capped mountains to the south, the Wellington region and possibly Mt Taranaki to the north. With our own landing pad located just outside the lodge gate, you only need to ask at reception to book a heli tour company of your choice, or pre-book before you arrive.
Visit a whaling station
The Marlborough Sounds once had a strong whaling industry. See a local station that's still standing and learn more about what was once a thriving local economy.
Cheers to that
We have an excellent cocktail and mocktail menu to tingle the tastebuds and quench the thirst. Enjoy on the jetty overlooking the water or up on the Punga Fern Restaurant balcony pre-dinner with one of the best views in Marlborough.
The “just point me to the beach” relaxer
If a beach, a towel, a good book and delicious food and drinks delivered to you is all you need for a successful holiday, then we have all the ingredients you need right here.
Choose from beachside, poolside or the jetty and simply tell us what you need, when you need it, and your wish is our command.