From a 10 minute jaunt to a swimming beach to hour long round trips, the walking tracks of Queen Charlotte Sound give you a range of options.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

10 min - 1 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Lochmara Bay.
Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte

Governors Bay Track

Time: 10 min one way

This walking track leads to a wonderful swimming beach from Queen Charlotte Drive.

Kumutoto Bay Track

Time: 1 hr return

This is a short walk in inner Queen Charlotte Sound.

Momorangi Forest Experience

Time: 20 min return

This is a short loop walk through regenerating forest. Take some time to enjoy the interactive interpretion. Access from the end of the Momorangi Bay campground road, off Queen Charlotte Drive.

Mistletoe Bay tracks

The two walking tracks here are:

James Vogel Track – 45 minute circular track with a link to the Queen Charlotte.

Peninsula Walk – 1 hour round trip on the peninsula between Mistletoe and Waterfall bays.

Motuara Island Track

Time: 30 min one way

The track on this predator-free island leads to a lookout over outer Queen Charlotte Sound.

Getting there

Queen Charlotte Drive, between Picton and Havelock, is the main road in the Sounds. Other roads are narrow, winding, and most are unsealed.

Water taxi services are available from Picton, Havelock, and French Pass to parts of the Sounds. You can also hire yachts, launches, motor boats, and sea kayaks.

Know before you go

  • The weather in the Sounds is generally mild, but conditions can change quickly, especially on the water. Ensure that you have adequate equipment and experience, and, if you are going out on the water, check the marine weather forecast.
  • Light fires only in designated areas.
  • Boil, filter, or treat water for drinking. On some tracks you must carry water.
  • In late summer and autumn, carry antihistamine if allergic to wasp stings.


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
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