New Zealand Cruising Guide: Central Area covers the area from Cape Palliser to Farewell Spit, within which are the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay with their popular and individually distinct characteristics.
The Sounds are an area of great beauty with long inlets and steep hills, rising often up to 1000 meters. Described as a sheltered waterway, the Sounds are subject to significant winds, and the book discusses the most successful anchoring techniques for small vessels.
Tasman Bay offers a different beauty and more settled weather patterns. There are beautiful golden sand beaches which shelve gently, and the steep hills are set back away from the shoreline.
New Zealand Cruising Guide: Central Area is designed to help mariners select anchorages and techniques in both of these areas. Extensive charts and approach recommendations.