Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton
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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. Arrange your visit to Queen Charlotte Sound and discover more family-friendly attractions in Picton using our Picton itinerary builder.
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  • I live in Nelson and this is my preferred route through to Picton as it is so picturesque. If you are in a hurry though I suggest you go via Blenheim turning off at Rapaura Road to Spring Grove as the...  more »
  • Visited this predator-free sanctuary island as our first pit stop as part of our Natural Encounters Freedom Walk of the Queen Charlotte Track. You are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views at the ...  more »
  • Times given are very fanciful, but it of a pretty walk (about 10 km) with some fairly steep slopes, avoid the rainy days, because more you won't have great views as a reward because of the fog
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