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There’s no end to the natural charms of Queen Charlotte Sound. Set off and explore woodland tracks and pretty waterside towns. Savour the peace and quiet of tranquil beaches and sheltered waterways from your boutique hotel. Or tour river valleys and forests to spot local wildlife.

A natural haven of pristine beauty – uncover forests, rivers and a dramatic coastline.

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Set off on foot and explore a landscape of drowned river valleys, rocky headlands and deserted sandy beaches. Stroll along peaceful forest tracks to spot native birds and wildlife. Take a boat tour to watch dolphins and orca whales, or keep an eye on the coast to see fur seals.


Take a boat trip to the traditional fishing port of Picton, and relax on the pretty seafront. Picton is also the starting point for the Queen Charlotte Track – a stunning 70-kilometre route passing by waterfalls, historic sites and secluded bays.


The sheltered coves and dramatic, rocky coastline surrounding Queen Charlotte Sound is made to be explored by water. Hire a kayak, or a boat for a private sailing tour. The region is also popular for scuba diving – dive to the wreck of a huge Soviet cruise ship that has become a reef, teeming with marine life.

The region is famous for its fish. Visit a salmon or cod farm or take a chartered trip to catch your own.

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