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A hillside hide-away with a picturesque view as you look down and out across the bays. Surrounded by native bush and with access to the Queen Charlotte Track just up the back

Endless sun and views to relax back pass the summer away

Thanks for letting us stay in this wonderful place and for your hospitality for having the fire roaring and the spa on.

-Tyler Henderson, 22 to 24 July 2011

Wow another great holiday has been had by the Wylie family in the Sounds. We loved our time at Aratawa Heights and the real ‘Sounds Experience’ we had. The house was ideal for us, very comfortable and very well equipped. The view was to die for and the walk upworth every step!!! We really appreciated our phone call on arrival from the owners and are very grateful to them for allowing us to enjoy their special place.

-Joyce Wylie, 23rd- 30th December 2010

We recently travelled over from Oz and spent 10 days at Aratawa Heights in the Bay of Many Coves. I would have to say it is one of the best holidays we have ever had. The views from the house out over the bays were amazing. From the deck we saw dolphins swimming around the bay. There was loads to do, we had the use of a small boat that came with the house which enabled us to get out on the water, have a look around and have a fish. While we were not able to keep the blue cod we caught we did catch a variety of fish and saw seals, dolphins and seabirds up close. The bush walking (as we aussies call it) around Marlborough Sounds had the most incredible views. The house was extremely well equipped and the boatshed had all the gear you needed to get out on the water. Kathie met us when we arrived and made us feel very welcome. We were even able to order a king salmon from the local fish farm which Kathie delivered to the house. That fish was the icing on the cake of a wonderful relaxing holiday!! We will certainly be back over!

-Kirsty Keable, 24th September- 4th October 2010

Kathie thank to so much for a lovely stay. We would love to book with you again. And we have already started recommending your website to friends.

-Hamish Wilson, 5th- 8th April 2010

We have stayed in the Sounds a few times now, but Aratawa Heights was the BEST so far. The house is obviously loved and cared for and there is definitely an artist in the family with some great sea-themed works of art on the walls! A great touch! Fantastic sheltered clear, clean bay, perfect for spending the day at the beach swimming, wharf jumping, kayaking, or hunting for crabs and limpets. We had fun with the ultra friendly wekas visiting and stealing our shoes! And the bush walks were superb with a stunning one hour walk to the Bay of Many Coves where we could get ice blocks! The owners have a FANTASTIC set up here. The huge deck got all day sun and the views were simply spectacular. A perfect set up for our two families. We adored our stay and I am sure we will be back again. Thank you Kathie and the owners of Aratawa Heights.You really have something special here.

-Andrea McCarty and family, 23rd- 30th January 2010

We cannot thank you enough for the support that Kathie and Alan gave over recent weeks. The setting is indeed very special -one to warm the soul and inspire a perspective of life. You must feel very privileged to be there. The place suited our needs perfectly, and indeed, we were appreciative of the time, beauty and silence of the Sounds. Thank you for all your efforts to open it up to us.

-Michael Douglas, 23rd november- 4th December 2009

Kathie, a big thank you for your part in making our holiday a fantastic success - we all had a fantastic time! I am trying to convince my wider family to hire 2-3 houses in the bay for our combined family holiday!

-Matthew McFedries, 27th Dec- 5th January 2009

The place easily sleeps ten and it suits all ages. The house is really comfortable and we had lots of fun playing around in the dingy and the kayaks, while swimming or fishing. The views are magnificent and that we definitely will be back soon to enjoy the warm surroundings! Thanks a lot!

-Tristan Kramers, 23rd-26th December 2008

We just got back from our weekend at Aratawa Heights and we were really pleased with the accommodation. It had a great family bach atmosphere with loads of fire wood and plenty of sleeping options. We were really happy with the house and the price. Thanks very much for a great last minute job! Thanks very much and we look forward to dealing with you in the future.

-Rhys and Jen Horncastle, 5th-7th Sept 2008


Has 12 ft aluminium dinghy with 4 life jackets, oars only

A 2 man open canoe and 2x sit-on open kayaks

Plenty of bird life including Tuis, Bellbirds, Wekas and Wood Pigeons

A stony beach but is great for swimming, especially for kids

Close to Bay of Many Coves Resort, 10 minutes by boat or 1 -1.5 hrs hike

Medium fitness is required for walk to house, but the views are well worth it

Very private, though a public track exists to the rear of property for access to Resort and Q.C. Track

Floating jetty and a 1.6 tonne mooring block

Boat shed to store your dive gear and fishing equipment etc

Queen Charlotte Track access:

This property has difficult access to the Q.C. Track

Walking time from the property is estimated at about 30 minutes

The access track can be minimal at times and steep. Kulak instructions need to be followed carefully

Access for walk or bike options. Bikes are restricted to off-peak season only (1st Mar-30th Nov)

It is advisable for bikes to be chained up the hill at the walkway - due to the steep terrain

Visit our Queen Charlotte Track page for more information


Master Bedroom: Downstairs, Double bed

Bedroom 2: Upstairs, Double bed and single bed

Bedroom 3: Downstairs, 2 sets of bunks

Additional: Upstairs, 2 double beds

Sleep out: 2 sets of bunks

Duvets and pillows supplied

Please bring your own linen


Front and side decks

Spa pool may be available but at the discretion of Kulak, not available for families with children

Layout of house is great for 2 families

Large open plan living area and kitchen


Reception for cellphone is patchy, but ok

BBQ, woodburner (very efficient), CD player, radio, microwave, fridge/freezer, spare fridge

No pets allowed

Smoking outside only please


Aratawa Heights


Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound

35 minutes by boat from Picton


Boat access only

House type:

Holiday house


10 people


Families, reasonable fitness required


Seasonal: $200-400/night


All year round

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