About Us

After first seeing Marlborough, especially ‘ The Sounds’, we were spellbound  by this beautiful part of the world, with its rugged coast line and pristine waters and so many sheltered  coves & beaches.   Upon having decided to make this our home, we have been overwhelmed by the warmth and support of the local community.   We truly feel privileged to have such a ‘backyard’ and can’t wait to share  this experience with you.

The Marlborough Sounds | New ZealandThe Marlborough Sounds –   especially the Queen Charlotte Sound is so very rich in history & wildlife, it’s widely considered to be the most beautiful of the sounds .  You’ll find beautiful secluded bays, with water so crystal clear it makes you think you’re floating on glass.  Especially stunning is the contrast of the steep hills covered with native green vegetation that comes right down to the turquoise waters, with here and there a white sandy beach…
We will leave it up to you to decide just how active or how relaxed you want to be, and what you’d like to see and do!


If you have corporate guests to entertain,  or you just want to get away and explore this amazing  pristine region in comfort and style,  we can cater for a variety of clients and their individual needs.

Grant – The Chef

With 15 years of training behind him, several  in Europe and in Michelin Star restaurants, has found his culinary home in the galley of Aparima.
He can cater for intimate fine dining, luxury platters, gourmet buffets using local produce & wines.

Desserts & pastries are Grant’s creative outlet , if you let him, he will create a work of art!  (Grant has studied under several European MasterChefs)

Vera – Events Manager / Maitre d’

Vera was born in the Netherlands and after decades of working in and managing innovative cafés to silver service restaurants all over the world, has chosen to settle in Marlborough.

Vera is in tune with people’s needs, she understands the importance of fine wine, and will be sharing our amazing local wines to bring out the exotic flavours of the accompanying dishes. She designs the décor for every occasion with flair. Vera loves putting your cruises together, and loves a challenge, so think outside the square…..

Rhys – Marketing Manager/PR

Rhys is responsible for  marketing & audio/visuals.  He has an infectious zest for life and loves to interact with people from all walks of life, whether they are young or old.  He will be able to create lasting memento’s of your time with us.
As well as helping our guests with transportation and coordinating any activities, he is always searching for new ideas to keep our guests entertained. And if you are really lucky he might even bring out his guitar…

Our aim is to share our amazing region with our guests, let them get acquainted with the delicious local foods & wines this region has to offer in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and in doing so create unforgettable memories to take home.

Language Support: We are fluent in Dutch.