The remote D’Urville Island is unquestionably one of the Marlborough’s best kept secrets, situated in the Northwest Corner of the sounds. The island is home to 52 residents and access to D’Urville is only by boat from the French Pass or by helicopter with a total return flight time of 1.5 hours approx.
There are no shops here and your phone won’t work but never fear – there is no such thing as boredom of D’Urville Island. You can swim, bird watch, walk the superb trails, dive, hunt or simply perch yourself at the bar and enjoy a cold one.
If you’re looking to escape, refresh and rejuvenate then a trip to D’Urville is sure to be good for the soul. Plus you’ll be doing our pilots a favour as we just love visiting this special place!
Coastal trip, scenic flight along the magnificent Tasman Bay coast where your pilot will point out landmarks including vineyards, orchards, Kina, Ruby Bay, Rabbit Island, Boulder Bank, Pippin Island, Delaware Bay, then heading down past Okiwi Bay area over the dramatic French Pass and into Catherine Cove and land at Durville Island Wilderness Resort.
Options to Explore:
On the return trip, pop over into Mill Arm and Greville Harbour.
Return along the coast to the Richmond Ranges with a Mountain Landing and then return to Motueka.