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Full Day Queen Charlotte Sound Guided Kayak Trip

The intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds are perfect for a sea kayak adventure. The gentle waters range from the brightest turquoise to the deepest green. Seals, dolphins and penguins are a common sight and the scenery is simply stunning.

This tour is a great way to experience kayaking in gentle waters. The Marlborough Sounds are made up of bays, islands, coves and waterways which were formed by the sea flooding its deep valleys after the ice ages.

Paddling up the eastern foreshore of the harbour, you will quickly become familiar with the rhythm of sea kayaking. As you make your way into the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte Sound, you will pass bush clad shorelines that dominate the area.

After an hour or so of relaxed paddling, it is time for a break on a secluded sandy beach. Feeling refreshed and invigorated, you will then paddle across the Sound to the pristine shorelines of the western foreshore of the Grove Arm. Your knowledgeable guide enjoys sharing the fascinating history, wildlife and Maori legends of the area.

Stop for lunch at Davies Bay and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this remote location. After lunch, head down towards Anakiwa, home to the Outward Bound school, while paddling past nesting cormorants and maybe a seal or two.

The day of kayaking ends at Ngakuta Bay where you board a van for a 15 minute ride back to Picton.

Experience Includes

  • Guided kayak tour of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound
  • All kayak equipment
  • Delicious morning tea and lunch
  • Shower and facilities at the kayak base (if required)
  • Luggage storage (if required)

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Transportation to the departure point in Picton



Departure location

This tour picks up from centrally located Picton accommodations. Your exact pick-up time will be advised when you reconfirm your tour locally.

Start times

8.45am. Please report 15 minutes prior to tour departure.


7 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • This tour is suitable for any level of experience, even those that have never kayaked before.
  • There is a minumum age requirement of 16 years.
  • At least an average fitness level is recommended to enjoy this trip.
  • You may feel a little tired in your shoulders after a day’s paddling, but there are stops along the way and the pace is gentle.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 adults.
  • What to bring: Sunhats, sunscreen, sunglasses, t-shirt and shorts for warmer weather, polypropylene or wool clothing for cooler weather (not cotton), windproof jacket (paddling jackets are provided but not windproof), camera (dry bags are provided for cameras), shoes or sandals suitable for getting wet, swimming costume and towel.