Kayaking the Queen Charlotte Sound. © Destination Marlborough

Kayak Queen Charlotte Sound


The Marlborough Sounds are made up of more than 1,500 kilometres of intricate waterways. The inlets, islets, capes and coves here are best explored by water on a sea kayak. 

Alongside its gorgeous scenery, Queen Charlotte Sound, or Tōtaranui in Māori, is rich with native birds and marine life.

With bottlenose dolphins, seals and penguins as regular residents, secluded golden beaches to stop at and vast areas of tranquil sea to cover, by kayak, you can get a whole new perspective of this special spot. 

Take to the seas on a guided tour or paddle your own hired kayak from the popular hub at Picton, or a quiet cove at Anakiwa. 

Pick from exploring the coastline on a day paddle or, for the more intrepid, there are many multi-day itineraries that take you even deeper into the Sounds.  

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