3 Day Outer Sounds Adventure Queen Charlotte Sound

As sea kayaking was meant to be – this three day trip will take you back to what sea kayaks were designed for. Be at one with the wind and the waves, the bush and the wildlife as you paddle through the maritime wilderness of Queen Charlotte Sound. This is a three day sensory delight, in the peace and tranquillity of the magical Marlborough Sounds.

The many coves and inlets of the outer Queen Charlotte Sound are surrounded by magnificent stands of virgin native bush plunging down to crystal clear water. Your trip will take you to places so remote that the only sounds you will hear are birdsong and the occasional splash from a diving gannet or dolphin. This is a relaxed paddling adventure suitable for any moderately fit person, and no previous experience is necessary. The trip includes a water-taxi ride to the outer-Sound, all food and camping equipment, your knowledgeable guide, and all kayak and safety equipment.

For us here at Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company, good food, comfort and fun are priorities. This holiday package is as much about pleasure in the outdoors as about adventure. A great deal of care is taken in the selection of comfortable campsites, quality equipment and delicious local food.

Departs Picton: 8.00am on Day One
Returns to Picton: Approximately 4.30pm on Day Three


Taking a break on 3 day outer-Sounds Adventure, Queen Charlotte Sound

Taking a break on 3 day outer-Sounds Adventure, Queen Charlotte Sound

It is important to note that this trip is entirely dependent on weather and that the itinerary could change due to persisting weather conditions. At all times the guide will make decisions that are in the best interests of the group and client safety is a priority to us. The itinerary is designed for novice to moderately experienced paddlers and as a general rule we have designed the itinerary so that you will only be paddling for a maximum of 5 hours per day – 2½ hours in the morning and 2½ hours in the afternoon. However clients need to be of moderate fitness as situations can arise where you will be required to paddle strenuously, due to weather conditions, for two or three hours to a destination.

A water taxi ride to Ship Cove will put you into the heart of the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound. From there you will pack your kayak and paddle in and out of the many coves and inlets, around bushclad shorelines, exploring the many interesting spots along the way. Over the next three days you will have the opportunity to explore Motuara Island, home to the endangered South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin. Explore the marine reserve around Long Island, visit some of Captain Cooks favourite spots, and the gun emplacement on Blumine Island. These are just a few of the highlights along the way.

Each night you will camp at a different campsite (depending on weather) and your guide will cook you a delicious 3 course dinner while you enjoy the sunset. You may have time to do some fishing for your dinner or collect some mussels as an entree, either way we guarantee that you will love the home cooked food!

Be delighted by the grand and beautiful sights of nature on this three day outer-sounds adventure.

Stopping off for a picnic in the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound

Stopping off for a picnic in the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound

$685 per person

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  • All kayaking and safety equipment
  • Water taxi transport to/from Outer Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Wholesome, high-quality food
  • Thorough kayaking and safety instruction
  • Expert instruction and guidance from your knowledgeable guide
  • All camping equipment (including sleeping bag and inner sheet,if required)


November 2020 to March 2021
November 13, 20, 27
December 10, 17, 27
January 3, 7, 14, 21, 28
February 7, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12,

Other dates may be available on request.


When you book your trip we will send you some detailed pre-trip information. However to give you an idea of what we recommend you wear or bring:

  • Two changes of clothing appropriate to the season. Shorts & t-shirt are normally ok for paddling during summer, but you should also have two changes of (wool or polypropylene) clothing – including shirts, long-johns, jerseys/jumpers and socks, in case it’s cold. One change for paddling in, and one to keep dry for wearing on-shore.
  • Raincoat or parka for wearing on-shore
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Towel
  • Running shoes (or similar) – suitable for walking
  • Sandals, running shoes or neoprene booties for paddling – not jandals/thongs
  • Bandanna or scarf is often useful
  • Toiletries and personal medical requirements
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  • Sleeping bag (we are able to supply this if you are not travelling with one)

How much sea kayaking experience do I need?

It is preferable if you have done some sea kayaking, or river kayaking previously. Alternatively you may have lots of experience with sailing, windsurfing or other on-water sports.

Will there be big waves and wind when I am paddling?

Yes, because you are paddling in the Outer Sounds, the weather conditions can be more extreme. However, your guide will always endeavour to ensure that the itinerary chosen for the day takes into account the weather and the effect it will have on your paddling skills. There may be times where you will have to paddle in strong wind conditions to get to a bay or campsite.

Is the only option to stay in tents?

Yes. By camping each night the group has the freedom to chose where they may be staying – dependent upon the weather and the paddling skills of the group.

Do you have a question?  Please fill in the form below or, maybe you want to  check availability  before making a booking?

If you are ready to book a trip, then please click the “Book Now” button above which will take you to our check availability page and book now page.

Sometimes it is easier to just pick up the phone and get the answer you need, in which case, please give us a call  on (+64) 03 573 6078, NZ Freephone 0800 283 283, or Australia Freephone on 1800 007 083 anytime.  We are usually contactable by phone from 8.00am to 10.00pm (NZ time) each day.

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