Portage settlement

Portage Resort has been a well known iconic lodge stay to many New Zealand families for generations.

By 1870 the Portage Lodge was providing guest stay and by 1912 it was a well known guesthouse throughout New Zealand.

In pre-European days Maori inhabitants found the best way to access the separate water ways and rich fishing grounds of Kenepuru Sounds was to carry their wakas (canoes) and supplies over (hence the term ‘Portage’) over Torea Saddle from the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

Early farming settlers positioned the Portage settlement at the head of Kenepuru Sounds because of the sheltered north-west facing bay, prime central position to the overall Kenepuru Sound, and the commanding view down the length of the Sounds. To this day, the sublime sunsets and views of the Kenepuru Sound support a thriving tourism sector that visits this stunning beautiful and uniquely pristine natural area.


The central location in Marlborough Sounds

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Untouched environment with fine wine and dining

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