Queen Charlotte Sound is the second largest sound and lies parallel to Pelorus Sound to the east. With Picton at its head it is the route for the Cook Strait ferries.
Grove Arm with and its head at Okiwa Bay has especially beautiful views from Queen Charlotte Drive.
The sound is well known for its beautiful scenery and activities including hiking and kayaking.
Mahau Sound is a small arm of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It can be reached by boat from Havelock at the head of Pelorus Sound you can travel there by car along the road to Portage Bay.
A New Zealand winery started by an Aussie! There are even Eucalypts and Aussie nativres in the garden. Aussies and Kiwis are competitive over most things they have in common - even wine!
Cloudy Bay has been instrumental in establishing the Marlborough wine industry with its superb Sauvignon Blanc. Although the first production in 1985 was with purchased grapes, vines were planted soon after. Cloudy Bay also has a name for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines.
That Aussie link - Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. (from their website)
There are a number of wines to taste and buy from sparkling to deep reds and if you don't want to carry it with you they will ship it for you.
Open daily from 10am to 5pm except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Open after 1pm on Anzac Day.
Kenepuru Sound is one of the larger arms of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It runs parallel to Queen Charlotte Sound and sometimes only a small stretch of land of a few hundred metres separates them. However there is a rather steep range to cross. The Queen Charlotte Track runs along the ridge of this range.
Picton lays claim to two harbours - there is the main harbour which is the base for the interisland ferries as well as caostal fishing and trading.
Lying parallel is Shakespeare Bay which is solely a cargo port.
A fantastic view of the main harbour can be seen from a lookout on the Queen Charlotte Road. It is worth leaving a bit earlier for your ferry transfer to go to the lookout and watch the ferry arrive. It is amazing how it turns and reverses into its dock woitout the guide of any tugboat. Just don;t stay too long and miss your berth.
The view overlooking Shakespeare Bay is taken from further along the same road.
Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Malborough Sounds - a sound is a submerged river valley rather than a fjord which is a glacial valley.
The sound was first surveyed by HMS Pelorus in 1838 and takes its name from this survey. A perlorus was an instrument used for navigation on sailing ships and was istelf named after the pilot used by Hannibal (~200 BC) - interesting!
Pelorus Sound has a number of arms some as big as Kenepuru Sound and as small as Mahau Sound. The best way to see the sounds is naturally by boat but there are some roads and walking tracks.
sailing, boating and fishing is big in Picton, I think the little ones grow up on a boat, can sail before they can walk.
Picton is not big, if you want too you can make it around in an hour or so, the Pubstops not included, exploring the sounds and with that the Dolphins is a different kettle of fish, the most beautiful in my opinion is Charlotte Sound. you'll find Picton is a refreshing place and for its seize has ample of activities to offer. rare marine life, diving down to explore old wreckages from the early explorers, not that I did that, but if you are a keen diver, this is a good place so the locals tell you.
exploring the surroundings of Picton is very rewarding, grab an info booklet at the Visitor Center and start walking, you will meet Penguins, Seabirds, and Furseals, but please be considered and take care, the males are quite stroppy.
have a look at the rare marine life in the Marlborough sounds..especially the Hector Dolphin's only to be found here in NZ Waters..and did you know that the Orca belongs to the Dolphin Family..of course you did!!
Ship Cove is situated on the west shore of Queen Charlotte Sound near the entrance and directly opposite Motuara Island. We came here by Boat on our tour.
It is an important historical site as Captain Cook named the cove after anchoring his ship Endeavour there on 15 January 1770. He hoisted the British flag at the cove and on the high point of Motuara Island. Cook made this spot his headquarters, establishing vegetable gardens, landing pigs, and distributing seeds to the Maoris. He visited the cove five times altogether and spent about 100 days there. There is a monument at the cove and another at Motuara Island commemorate his landing. It is now a bird sanctuary where endangered birds such as the rare South Island robins can be spotted.
Coming here by Boat, we had a chance to see sea life, such as dolphins, penguins, shags and seals.
The Queen Charlotte Track starts here if you wish to do this walk!
The Cruise we did was aboard the Beachcomber, a 90 passenger catamaran.
On the cruise we stopped and viewed a King Salmon farm. Had to laugh, there was only a cheeky Seal sitting there, even though they had tried their hardest to keep the Seals out! I bet he was doing alright!
We went onto historical Ship Cove where we disembarked for 15 mins and were able to have a look around on shore.
Next, Resolution Bay where the pet fish were fed, then onto Endeavour Inlet to view Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resorts before returning back to Picton.
Included was a commentary of what we were seeing. We both enjoyed this cruise.
Complimentary tea & coffee was included.
Took approx 3hours
PRICE IN 2010 UNTIL... September 30, 2010.
Adults - $69.00
Child - $35.00 (5 to 14 years)
Infant - Free (up to 4 years)
Departs daily at 9.30am with an approximate return time of 12.30pm
Running along the side of the Snout is the Picton - Waikawa Bay track. It's an easy walk and has stunning views over the Malborough Sounds from several spots. You can start the track from beside the Picton marina.
Beautiful and colourful Begonias, Roses, Gerbera Chrysanthemums, Cineraria, Cyclamens and Bromiliads
Picton Garden Centre invites you to join the Picton Garden Centre's Garden Club. It's only $10 to join, which gives you a $10 gift voucher, and you receive 10% off on all future purchases on all stock!
Since 1992, Dolphin Watch Ecotours has operated award-winning ecotours and Queen Charlotte Track walks in the scenic Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. The half-day ecotour cruises take the time to enjoy the wildlife that call these waters home. his firm specialises in guided walks on Motuara Island bird sanctuary, where you'll be amazed at the abundant bird life. Make a day of it, if you choose, and walk a portion of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track during the afternoon.
Total track walks with free pack transfers are also available.
Those looking for a real thrill can swim with the dolphins
This was a fun diversion for a couple of people who had an hour to kill. The course is located by the small Picton Beach & playground and seems to be fairly quiet most of the time. I prefer to full game but my travel buddy isn't always up to walking 6km's and having to swing a club in anger.
Shakespeare Bay is the next one around from Picton and is often full of cut logs. If you have seen my warning re Port Underwood you will know where most of the swimming logs come from. You can drive (or walk if you are keen) to the first corner on the Queen Charlotte Rd and wander down for a closer inspection.
The walk to Bob's Bay is quite nice with two option - the upper or lower Bob's Bay track. It takes only 30 minutes to walk from Shelley Beach (just across the waterfront bridge) to Bob's Bay and there is a nice grassed area to have a siesta.