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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  • stunning , wish i could be there more often. live in blenheim and everytime we go there we wonder why we dont go more often. its stunning anytime of the year  more »
  • We enjoyed the sounds via driving, hiking and boating. They are simply beautiful - the color of the water, the green hills, the blue sky - wow. Not to be missed.  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit as the entry to the South Island. Definitely recommend taking a good look around here whether you come by ferry or overland.  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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