Marlborough Sounds

thumb|400px|Queen Charlotte Sound from The Snout lookout between Picton and Waikawa Bay

31 things to do

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Tui Nature Reserve Eco Boat Tours

Cruise the amazing coves and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Visit the remote and isolated Tui Nature Reserve including a guided conservation tour plus a 4WD trip to the top of the plateau forested hill. Ranked 8th by BBC Wildlife Magazine of the top 10 Eco-destinations in the World (Dec. 2007). Maximum of six to eight people.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

The totally unique wine and food experience in the tranquil Marlborough Sounds. Cruise the sheltered waterways of the Sounds and visit a mussel farm to taste the freshest mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

2007 New Zealand Tourism Award Winner. Mountain biking, kayaking, walking the Queen Charlotte Track. Tours or freedom hire. One day or many. Great team, professional service.

Natural Encounters Walks - Queen Charlotte Track

Guided and unguided walks on the Queen Charlotte Track staying in small boutique accommodation. Includes all meals, transport, daily luggage transfers, guiding services.

DO   —  Picton

Queen Charlotte Track

A 3 to 4 day walk from the historic Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm giving unsurpassed views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

DO   —  Map

The Portage Resort Hotel

As the name suggests Portage is handy to Queen Charlotte Sound, being a short walk from Torea Bay. Portage will collect you from Torea Bay.

Waterways Boating Safaris

Visit beaches only accessible by boat. Full day or half day trips. Transport from Picton or Havelock


BBH National Quality Awards, first place in New Zealand for 2005, 2006 and 2007

Pelorus Mail Boat

A courtesy coach is available from Picton and return.

The No Road Inn

A new water front upmarket lodge for up to 8 guests.

SLEEP   —  +64 3 579 8300 —  Endeavour Inlet

Anakiwa Lodge YHA

At the start (or end) of the Queen Charlotte Track.

Bay of Many Coves Resort

Luxury resort with two restaurants

About Marlborough Sounds

They are a visual feast of the interplay between the land, sea, nature and light and are divided into two main waterways, the Pelorus Sound, with Havelock at its base, and Queen Charlotte Sound, the main town of which is Picton. Of the two, the Queen Charlotte Sound is generally seen as being more picturesque, with the Pelorus being more remote. The inner Sounds (especially the Queen Charlotte Sound) has reasonably extensive residential development. The Pelorus, being more remote, still has areas of untouched native forest, most of which is only accessible by boat.

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