Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary was first created in 2005 to protect and enhance unique New Zealand wildlife.

Situated at the head of Picton Harbour in Queen Charlotte Sound, it is a 'mainland island sanctuary' bound by a predator-proof fence, with the only public access via boat. Simply catch a water taxi from Picton foreshore to be transported to the Dolphin Bay jetty – it feels like a feels like a world away from town yet only takes ten minutes.

Visitors should allow 90 minutes to enjoy the leisurely walk around the 2.7 km track. There are stunning views out to the Queen Charlotte Sound and back towards Picton, and experience forest which in some places has original virgin growth. The absence of predators means the bird-watching is often magical.

There is no entrance fee to go into the Sanctuary, but visitors are asked to look out for the donation box at the start of the track. Good walking shoes are recommended, as well as carrying water and refreshments, and carrying all rubbish out with you.

Ask the friendly staff at Picton TOP 10 reception for details on how to visit Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary.