Plenty to do and see


The following self-walks do not require a Queen Charlotte Track Pass.

Peninsular Track - 
Located on the beach front, the Peninsular Track is a 1 hour walk with stunning views of both Mistletoe and Waterfall Bay.
James Vogel Track
 - The James Vogel Track is located at the far-right corner of the lower camp ground. It is a 45-minute loop walk through the forest.
Onahau Point Look Out -
 Take the James Vogel Track located at the far-right corner of the lower camp ground and follow the Queen Charlotte Track signs to Ships Cove and then to Onahau Point Lookout. You will find amazing views of both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sound.

Guided walks are available through local activity providers.

Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

We hire out Sit-On-Top kayaks and Stand-Up paddle boards for the enjoyment of guests and day trippers. Onahau Bay is sheltered from the elements allowing a kayaking experience that the whole family can enjoy!

Hire and safe operating information:

  • Kayaks - $15.00 per person for two hours. Complimentary to Whare and Jo house bookings 
  • Paddle Boards - $20.00 per person for one hour. Complimentary to Whare and Jo house bookings
  • No evening kayak or paddle board hire between 6pm and 8am.
  • Children (15 years and younger) are to be supervised by a parent/caregiver/adult.
  • Life vests are provided as part of the hire and must be worn.
  • Wind conditions blowing out of the bay and choppy water conditions may result in hire closure and bringing kayaks and paddle boards in until conditions improve.
Sea  Kayaking

Discover everything the Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer with a guided or unguided sea kayaking tour. Half or full day tours can be organised through any of the following companies:

Useful Tourism Links:

Mountain Biking

Bring your own mountain bike or hire from a local Marlborough provider and enjoy riding along some of the best tracks in New Zealand along the Queen Charlotte Track.


Enjoy swimming in our sheltered bay from either the beach or off the jetty.


Mistletoe Bay is the ideal sheltered location for a spot of fishing, enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the jetty with the family or seek out one of the many secret spots along the Peninsular Track.

Glow Worms & Phosphorescence

See these amazing creatures light up the night here at Mistletoe Bay Eco Village. When the sun goes down the driveway is illuminated with hundreds of glow worms, a much-loved experience for kids and adults alike. Phosphorescence can be see down around the wharf which at times can be spectacular, and is interactive! 

Alpaca Experience

Feed our friendly alpacas, Yani who live beside the top camp ground and love apple (cut into 1/4) and carrots


There is so much to discover at in and around our facility, so take the opportunity to explore the waterfront and you will discover, crabs, cockles, mussels, beautiful sea beds and vibrant starfish. Common bird sighting’s and song include Weka, Tui, Bell Birds, King Fishers, Fantails, Shags and Gannet. Venture out into the bay to find the most magical marine life, dolphins, seals, blue penguins and even orca have all been known to make an appearance.

Team Building Exercises

Local providers can organise and facilitate team building exercises to suit your requirements.

Mistletoe Bay Eco Village Tour Guide

In addition, the Trust can also provide a guest speaker to talk to you about the Trust’s story and activities, with a guided tour around the property. Please Note: Advance notice is required for this activity option.

Guest Speaker: Richard de Hamel Cost $200 

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