Sounds is sunken valleys that are home to all kinds of wonderful bird and
sea life, including terns, shags, blue penguins, dolphins and seals.
The Marlborough Sounds is an extensive network of sea-drowned, sparsely
populated, steep, wooded hill valleys with small quiet bays, being a natural
scenic wonder unparalleled in New Zealand.
Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean like the fingers of a welcoming hand,
the Marlborough Sounds area is made up of three main bodies of water—the
Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds and between them, is the
isolate the hills of Arapawa Island from the mainland and other islands
including D'Urville Island, located near Cook Strait.
Bordered by forested hills
rising almost vertically from the water’s edge, the Marlborough Sounds is a
true scenic highlight and is easily explored from either Picton or Havelock.
Sail, paddle, kayak or motor through this picturesque maritime area.
The Marlborough Sounds is also known for the
Queen Charlotte Track - a
67 kilometre track passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and
inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen
Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
The main town in the Marlborough Sounds is
Picton - located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, is a large
port and is the northern terminus of the South Island's main railway and
State Highway networks.
Picton is the administrative centre for the region and a hub for
bus and coach services to and from
Cook strait ferry
services to and from
Picton is also the terminus for the
Coastal Pacific train
to and from Christchurch and Kaikoura.
Air New Zealand Link operates daily
domestic flights from