Marlborough Sounds

Meet Your Local First Mate

Dion Brown

Passionate fisherman and diver Dion Brown has a wide range of career experience, including operations and general management. He has enjoyed over 40 years on the sea; extensively explored the Marlborough Sounds; Hauraki Gulf along to the North Cape; and sailed the Ionian Sea and English Channel.

His passion for the Marlborough region is deep seated and his roots in the Queen Charlotte Sounds go right back to the 1960s. Based in Marlborough, Dion is our BoatSmart HQ First Mate for the Picton, Waikawa and Havelock Marinas.

Your Local Marinas

Havelock Marina

This encapsulating natural environment boasts the Pelorus Sound and the Kenepuru, and further out you can explore offshore islands. Havelock Marina provieds experiences of tranquility, great fishing and real people.

Picton Marina

Situated at the heart of Picton township, deep within the Queen Charlotte Sound cruising grounds, Picton Marina accommodates a wide range of vessels with permanent and visitor berths for craft from eight to over 35 metres.

Waikawa Marina

Waikawa Marina is one of the biggest and most popular marinas across New Zealand. At the gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound and just five minutes drive from Picton, this modern marina is a prime location for sailing adventures.