Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton

4.7
#2 of 8 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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  • Pick a nice sunny day and the scenery is as good as gets. There are various ways to see the Sound and of course a cruise is best but you get some great views and a feel for the place from Karaka Point...  more »
  • We enjoyed the views in Charlotte Sound. The views of the summer houses were beautiful. If was a bit crowded on the upper level of the boat, but was the best place to take pictures.  more »
  • This is where all the action is; the Ferry, the biggest town, the best restaurants and the most water transport options.  more »

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Where to stay in Picton

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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