Nestled at the edge of the Richmond Forest Range is the old mining community of Canvastown. Steeped in history, Canvastown is well placed to explore the beautiful Marlborough Sounds region, and there are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy along the way. You can pan for gold, fly fish in the river, saddle up and explore the forested hills along Pelorus River or meet up with the locals at Canvastown’s historic hotel, The Old Trout.

For a stunning scenic drive, take the road from nearby Rai Valley out to French Pass - a peaceful fishing village with a safe beach, campground and pinic area. From here, you can visit the bushclad D'Urville Island, with its walking trails and rare native birds.