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Playground in the heart of the Sounds

Nydia Bay is a remote spot in Pelorus Sound and can be reached on the 27km Nydia Track. Photo: Sankalpo / 123RF Stock Photo

Nydia Bay, Pelorus Sound

Ranger: Aubrey Tai, Picton

Nestled in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds is a placid bay with gorgeous native bush and a plethora of recreation options. Nydia Bay is a haven for ranger Aubrey Tai.

“It encompasses all elements that are important in my lifestyle: living off the land and sea, being isolated but accessible, an amazing history and diverse environment,” Tai says.

The region is rich with history, with the waterways and forests serving as fertile grounds for Maori settlements. According to DOC, there was once a pa on the northern side of Nydia Bay known as Opouri, or the “place of sadness”, referring to a bloody battle between members of the same sub-tribe.

The region was heavily milled in the 19th century, with a mill built in Opouri and a wharf constructed in Nydia Bay. Milling continued until around 1920, but there are few remains today of the logging era.

Tai says the area is great for tramping – the bay is best reached on the Nydia Track, exploring the old tram line, swimming, fishing and mountain biking. The track begins at Duncan Bay in the north or Pelorus Sound in the south. Stay at the 50-bunk Nydia Lodge, or the Nydia Campsite.

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