Frith and Carmen

About us

Sounds Great Ltd was created in 1999 and has since serviced the Marlborough Sounds with pride.  In December 2016 Frith Chamberlain and Carmen Sutton bought Sounds Great Ltd, with the idea of moving closer to parents for their twilight years and creating their own lifestyle of living/working within the sounds and partaking in outstanding views and landscapes daily.   Carmen and Frith have doubled their guest bookings since company takeover and increased their house listings. Sounds Great Ltd has developed as a brand and is creating a solid online presence with many repeat customers.

Frith has spent most of her childhood holidays in the sounds, has owned and operated Havelock Sea Kayaking Company and had many other careers in her past.  Carmen is a registered builder (where we can use her skills within the business if needed). Their love of the Marlborough Sounds runs deep and they are passionate about this region and her beauty.


Our vision is to be the ‘first choice short term rental management company within the Marlborough Sounds’. So, what is our point of difference?

  • We live locally in Havelock and are accessible on short notice.

  • Our properties are all close to or on the water’s edge

  • There is a selection of different house sizes and presentations

  • Online reservations, bookings and payment

  • Access to boats, kayaks, ferry / water taxi and local activities

  • Guest pre-arrival information

  • No annual subscription

  • No travellers service fee

Sounds Great Holiday Houses are in the Pelorus, Kenepuru, Mahau and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Some of the homes can be reached only by boat access offering you the ultimate experience of sheltered coastal tranquility in a bush setting amidst one of New Zealand's most unspoiled and scenic inland waterways.

At Sounds Great Holiday Homes we offer a choice of economical, convenient and yet very comfortable rentals to suit every one's ideal holiday. From the humble kiwi "bach" to a serviced "luxury" home, we can help you find the perfect holiday accommodation.

That Sounds Great right?


The Marlborough Sounds is an idyllic wilderness with breathtaking bush views and a massive expanse of sheltered waterways. Staying at a New Zealand Sounds Great holiday house is the ideal choice for families, groups and couples wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful scenery, safe boating and the natural surroundings of Marlborough's magnificent Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds.

Situated on the sunny, north-eastern corner of the South Island, Marlborough is the place to go for outdoor pursuits or to savoir fine foods and award-winning wines in unspoiled surrounds. Hot summers, cool winters and fertile, alluvial soils, have made Marlborough the wine capital of New Zealand and its internationally-acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs are a perfect accompaniment to the region's prized, culinary delights. With its coastal retreats, rivers, mountains and rural plains, Marlborough provide a ready escape from the pressures of city living.

Take the opportunities to go fishing, sailing, diving, swimming, kayaking, tramping or hunting, then enjoy the warm hospitality at any of Marlborough's fantastic services and facilities.