Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton

4.8
#2 of 9 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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  • On our ferry ride out we were fortunate enough to see a school of dolphins jumping around just out the harbour! A very beautiful boat ride!  more »
  • We came though this sound on the ferry on the way from Wellington and it is a superb journey and we were blessed with a warm sunny day so the views were wonderful  more »
  • We drove up along the coast taking in the views along the way stopping constantly to just absorb the beauty . The road is quite winding but not a lot of traffic so well worth the trip. Stop in at Robi...  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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