Marlborough Sounds, Picton

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#1 of 9 in Nature in Marlborough Region
A stunning collection of sea-drowned valleys, Marlborough Sounds represents one of New Zealand's premier natural landscapes. The network includes around 4,000 sq km (1,544 sq mi) of sounds, islands, and peninsulas, and though sparsely populated by humans, the Department of Conservation manages over 50 nature preserves here. Hike through the verdant forests that rise from the sea, relax in the sheltered sandy bays, or sail the striking turquoise waters. If you plan on driving in the area, bear in mind that there are very few gas stations and fill your tank in advance. Make Marlborough Sounds a part of your Picton vacation plans using our Picton tour itinerary planning site .
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  • September 23, 2017
    Just a magical place which shouldn't be missed on a trip around New Zealand! The drive along the sound is a must! Never boring!  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    If you find yourself in this amazing part of the world, then take the drive from Picton up and around the point back down to Blenheim. Around every corner if the most spectacular views of hills,aqua w...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I absolutely love it here. did the queen Charlotte trail and had the best time. would recommend, totally worth it!  more »

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The greatest variety of accommodations in Picton clusters at the western end of Waikawa Road, all within easy reach of the ferry termil and waterfront. Options include hotels, motels, hostels, and apartments, designed to suit the tastes of the multitude of people arriving from North Island, or heading there. Farther east along the coast of the sheltered inlet you'll find camping areas and expansive resorts, while motels offer lodgings along the roads that lead out of Picton.
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