Whale Of A Tale
Whale Of A Tale

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Traveling from Waikawa Bay, we turn out of the main Sound into a narrow waterway called Tory Channel, (the old people called it the Womb of the Sounds) so called because of the amazing bio diversity that exists in these waters.
Because of the abundance of fish and seafood it was heavily populated and contested by the early Maori, "lots of stories."

Visit the whalers' lookout over Cook Strait and Whekenui, the place where Kupe killed the giant octopus. Learn the legend that has been passed down for generations. Visit the old whaling station, and learn the history of the industry in which the Tutanekai played a role. Have a picnic lunch at Te Awai iti, the first European settlement in the South Island, walk the beach, see whale bones, whale oil in the banks, the tripods and headstones of old whalers and an old Maori pit dweller site, over looking the bay.

Other than Ship Cove, this is the most important heritage site in the Marlborough Sounds you can sense the history & atmosphere of this place Pete will show you historic photos of whales and giant white pointers.

There isn't much native bush in the channel, but the seascape with rugged cliffs, headlands with hundreds of birds and huge undersea caves in the cliffs is really dramatic scenery.


Time: 9.30am until 5:00 pm (approximately)
Cost: NZ$250pp (min 2 persons)
Boat: Tutanekai
Contact: Pete Beech
Phone: (03) 5736901 or 0275 404 407
Email: info@eco-tours.co.nz
Website: www.eco-tours.co.nz
Location: Waikawa Bay - wooden wharf at the end of the foreshore

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Whale of a Tail Route Map