NZNO Holiday Home: The Sounds Cottage

Do you need a break?  Want to get away from it all?

Be part of a great nursing tradition and visit NZNO’s Sounds Cottage.

Sounds Cottage, the NZNO bach

If you enjoy outdoor activities or just want to get away from it all the Sounds Cottage offers an affordable opportunity to recharge and relax in peaceful surroundings.  The cottage is a typical Kiwi bach, nestled in remote Opua Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough.

The location is currently accessible by water only – members are welcome to travel by their own boat or a water taxi service is available from Picton.  Due to storm damage and active logging in the Queen Charlotte Forest, we are unable to provide road access at this time.

The Sounds Cottage has three bedrooms; two with double bunks and one with a queen-sized bed. The section is flat and can be used for pitching tents.

Opua Bay Cottage & Boatshed

Here are some comments from members who have stayed at the cottage:

"I was smitten by the beautiful, peaceful surroundings and the rustic charm of the old cottage"

"We were all enthralled by this wonderful place of refuge"

"The most peaceful holiday I have ever had"

"What a treasure this place is"

"The bach is perfect… a slice of kiwiana heaven"

"We loved seeing/catching so many different varieties of fish right down to the krill floating in and out of the bay"

Sounds Cottage interior


  • $30 per night per adult
  • Minimum charge $60 per night
  • Children under 16 stay free. 

A 50% deposit is due on receipt of the booking request form.  You can pay it by Direct Debit - account details are on the booking form.

Members can login to access the members only documents section at the top left of this page and download the Sounds Cottage Booking Request Form and the Rental Guide Brochure.

Opua Bay jetty

Sounds Cottage Booking Calendar

Check the calendar below to see if your preferred dates are free before submitting your booking request.

Please note: our maintenance team access the cottage between bookings so members can only stay at the cottage on the dates they have confirmed bookings

If the calendar doesn't load properly, or for more information or confirmation of availability please contact:

Mary Hall
NZNO Regional Administrator
0800 28 38 48