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Per Person $109 USD
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Experience the beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound from the water's surface before visiting the extraordinary Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary.

After just a short walk from the cruise ship pier you'll find yourself at the shore, ready to climb into your kayak and dip a paddle in the brilliant azure waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Your guide will inform you about the area's history with facts and stories as your kayak silently moves past beautiful beaches and lush hills.

But this paddle is more just than a wonderful way to experience the Sound. We are making our way to the Kaipupu Point Mainland Island, where you can enjoy a short 1.5 hour walk around this community conservation project providing a safehaven for Picton's native wildlife.

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 2005 to protect New Zealand's wildlife, mostly birds, who are quite unique due to millions of years of isolation. The Sanctuary's work focuses on habitat restoration and pest elimination while educating visitors about their mission. The mainland island is also used as a creche site for young Rowi kiwi, New Zealand's most iconic native bird.

The higher elevation of Point Mainland Island affords splendid views of Queen Charlotte Sound below. You'll be returning there shortly for the paddle back to Picton.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Guided kayak paddle on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Guided walk to Kaipupu Point Mainland Island Wildlife Sanctuary
  • All kayak and safety equipment
  • Paddling jacket, personal Flotation Device with whistle
  • Small group experience

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
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Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (4 hrs)
  • 12:30 PM (4 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Bring swimsuit, towel, hat and sunblock.
• Wear sandals, running shoes or other soft-soled for paddling. No flip-flops.
• Shorts and T-shirts are usually fine for paddling but we suggest bringing some warm clothing and a raincoat, especially at the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary.
• Dry bags will be provided so you can be comfortable bringing your camera.
• If you are arriving via cruise ship, you will have to take a free shuttle from the pier into Picton. This is standard for all tours in Picton and will be very easy to locate. From the drop off point, the meeting location is approximately 5 minutes walking distance. More information will be provided on your voucher. If you are staying at a hotel, you will be picked up at your hotel.


• This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
• This tour can accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers.