Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton
(4.7/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Very different from other places in NZ. Very tranquil water, full of dolphins and other marine animals. The view of the sound from the Queen Charlotte Track was breathtaking. We also did a full day se...  more »
  • A really great day out, very relaxing, good value for money, scenic, and interesting history. Most enjoyable 
  • Managed to get a break in the weather and was amazed at the beauty of this area. Absolutely stunning.