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If you’re tempted to ex­tend your visit to Pelorus, there are ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions tai­lored to all bud­gets and life­styles – from backpackers to high-end, lux­ury lodges. And because the Sound’s well-ser­viced by wa­ter taxis, get­ting to and from these places is quick, easy and in­ex­pen­sive.

Hopewell Lodge ( on the shores of the nearby Kenepuru Sound, for ex­am­ple, has self-cater­ing chalets and a su­perb com­mu­nal kitchen – all nestling in a nat­u­ral for­est set­ting. Mike and Lyn­ley are the friendly hosts, and if you’re tired of your own cook­ing, their home-made piz­zas are a wel­come change. The lodge’s equipped with kayaks, moun­tain bikes, pad­dle boards and fish­ing tackle. Forested hik­ing trails are plen­ti­ful, and there’s even a nearby golf course.

Sim­i­larly, Te Rawa Lodge (www.ter­ in the mid­dle of the Sound is a 45-minute boat trip from Have­lock. Hosted by Rob and Anne Brabazon, its qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion is com­ple­mented by a fine restaurant (it’s where the mail boat stops for a lunch). If you visit on your own ves­sel, seven moor­ings are avail­able.

Want a preview of heaven? You might con­sider a night (or two) at the award-win­ning Sounds Re­treat (www.the­sound­sre­treat. – the ul­ti­mate get­away for the com­mit­ted he­do­nist. Lo­cated at the head of the Queen Char­lotte Sound, the views are al­most as ma­jes­tic as the lux­u­ri­ous fa­cil­ity and ser­vice pro­vided by own­ers Anne and An­thony Brooker.

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