Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton

4.7
#2 of 7 in Nature in Marlborough Region
An erstwhile river valley long since drowned by the sea, Queen Charlotte Sound is a vast coastal inlet, home to several islands and surrounded by smaller coves and offshoots. A ferry ride across the sound offers clear views over the deep blue water to the verdant, wrinkled coastline. To really experience the scenery, however, take one of the smaller boats that travels round the coastline--such as the mail boat that delivers to several picturesque settlements unreachable by land. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins, and fish in the water, and seabirds overhead. Landlubbers can enjoy an unrivalled view of the area from the Queen Charlotte Track, a hiking and biking trail that stretches the length of the sound. Take the guesswork out of planning a Picton vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We had an amazing time yesterday, our skipper Julian was awesome , full of information, facts and fun. We saw dolphins seals and local wildlife. We stopped off and walked around and took turns at deli...  more »
  • I did this 5 day walk and don't know why it is not more heavily advertised. Beachcombers will port your luggage to each campsite for free when you purchase a ferry ticket to Ship's Cove. So easy, so b...  more »
  • We had lovely views coming into Picton in the early morning. We had heavy rain later but would try a boat trip on a better day.  more »
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