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Address: 745 Kenepuru Road | RD 2, Picton 7282, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-574 1372
09:00 - 16:00
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Leicester and Liana have decided to retire and close Waterways boating...

Leicester and Liana have decided to retire and close Waterways boating safaris. We would like to thank everyone who has enjoyed a day out on the water with us. We especially would like to thank all of those who gave us such great reviews over the last 15 years.

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A great day on the water in small boats

A great day on the water driving small boats around the sounds. Even if you don't come across dolphins, Leicester will make it a memorable experience. Don't forget your togs for... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2016
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

A great day on the water driving small boats around the sounds. Even if you don't come across dolphins, Leicester will make it a memorable experience. Don't forget your togs for a swim and a don't miss the walk through the bush.

1 Thank MarcusAgrippa62
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2016

This was a trip I'd really been looking forward to for months. When I arrived at my B&B the day before the trip was booked I was told it was cancelled as no one else was booked. I would have appreciated an email myself as a courtesy.

Thank Supergranbee
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

We were looking for a different way to see the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. We were delighted with our day out with Leicester, he was so knowledgable about the area. The little boat was easy to handle and great fun. I loved the lunch stop and swim on a deserted beach. Thanks very much

Thank AngieDeakin
Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

It was our first experience with the motor boats and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Specially, my daughters loved it. Leicester is very knowledgeable about Marlborough. He ensured that everyone had a safe and enjoyable trip. The best part was driving your own motorboat. We will definitely visit them again.

Thank Mofassir
Auckland, New Zealand
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142 reviews
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

This was a fantastic way of seeing Pelorus Sound. Smaller than Queen Charlotte Sound, it was, non-the-less, spectacular. We drove our own boats (very simple and easy to use boats) and followed our guide in his. He encouraged us to drive a little round ourselves while still keeping him in our sights and away from the rocks. We saw mussel... More 

Thank Mums4Kids
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

What a great setup. Leicester is such a great character and knows more about the marlborough sounds than anyone else. You learn more in half a day than living there! Great fun driving the boats too. Anyone could do it.

1 Thank TheSoundsRetreat
Shanghai, China
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2015 via mobile

It is the best way to explore the Marlborough sound on water. We love it. Leicester was friendly and tin boat designed by him! He gave us good safety instructions and how to operate the boat. My son rode with him, and he let the boy drive on the way back. He also took some pictures of us driving boat... More 

1 Thank ZHEYU H
Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

this is an absolute must do .. I can't imagine a better way to experience the Sounds than on the water; driving your own boat makes it even more fun. Leicester was friendly and knowledgeable and very relaxed, we did the morning trip and it was amazing to see the Sounds transform as the fog lifted and the sun came... More 

Thank JackieKenn
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015

An invigorating two days on the Sound in Lester's self designed rocket boats. Quick to launch and unsinkable the boats skim along at a good speed and cover large areas in very good time. Not only a good time but Lester would regularly pull alongside and give history and geography lessons and answer all your questions. Lester likes to talk.... More 

Thank Larry C
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2015

We want to say thank you to Leicester for a fantastic day out with him as he guided us around some of the sounds. He has great knowledge of the area and NZ and we learnt a lot from him. The scenery was amazing and a great way to spend a day.

1 Thank Louise W

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