Picton & Marlborough Sounds
The Marlborough Sounds region is made up of Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru, Pelorus, and Mahau Sounds and these winding waterways with countless coves and adventuring opportunities allow for superb boating, fishing, diving and wildlife viewing.
Flooded river valleys, the sounds are geographically convoluted to the extent that 42km-long Pelorus Sound boasts nearly 380km of shoreline. The sounds are split by surprisingly high hills and peaks on narrow fingers of land, making for an extremely picturesque landscape.
35km Queen Charlotte Drive, linking the two townships of Picton & Havelock, is a lovely introduction, but you really need to get out on a boat or drive side-roads out into the sounds to get a real feel for the place. There’s excellent hiking on Queen Charlotte Track.