View from the Motuara Island, looking into Ship Cove with Mount Stokes in the distance

Image: Danica Stent | DOC


Experience stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and spot some native birds on this walk up to the island's summit.

Track overview

800 m one way

Walking and tramping

30 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Follow the Motuara Lookout Track from the jetty to the viewing platform on the summit (128 m). Spend some time at the bird viewing station (5 minute walk from jetty), and Cook’s Cairn near the summit.

This walk follows a moderate gradient sidling around the hill with several lookout points along the way.

Experience stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and possibly spot some of the wildlife on the island. You could be lucky enough to see the cheeky South Island robin, endangered saddleback/tīeke or yellow-crowned parakeet/kākāriki.

Getting there

Motuara Island lies in Queen Charlotte Sound opposite Ship Cove, approximately 32 km from Picton. You can get there with your own boat, by taking scenic cruise or by sea kayak. There is a jetty available.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
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14 Auckland Street
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Picton 7250
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