Welcome to Marlborough Sounds

Many spectacular locations can be reached by car. The wiggly 35km route along Queen Charlotte Drive from Picton to Havelock is a great Sounds snapshot, but if you have a spare day, head out to French Pass (or even D'Urville Island) for some big-picture framing of the Outer Sounds. Roads are predominantly narrow and occasionally unsealed; allow plenty of driving time and keep your wits about you.

There are loads of tramping, kayaking, boating and biking opportunities, and there's diving as well – notably the wreck of the Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian cruise ship that sank in Port Gore in 1986.

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Marlborough Sounds in detail