Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton

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#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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  • If you get the chance to visit this place don’t hesitate - it is beautiful. Peace and tranquillity is seldom interrupted save for a small cruiser or two setting of to explore the adjoining sounds. Nic...  more »
  • Queen Charlotte Sound is the most amazing place. Beautiful and tranquil. Its a must see place for all new Zealanders and travellers alike.  more »
  • This is definitely the best Sound we have ever visited. The views are stunning and there are so many places where it can be enjoyed.  more »

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