Located in the Marlborough region
Access this area by boat or from SH6 at Rai Valley (Pelorus Sound) or Linkwater (Kenepuru Sound).
The jetty at Jacobs Bay campsite and picnic area has been damaged by tree fall and is unusable. Do not attempt to use the jetty. Access to Jacobs Bay Campsite, picnic area, and track to Fairy Bay is now only possible via the beach.
Residents and bach owners adjacent to Sounds Foreshore Reserve may be permitted to construct and maintain access related structures and tracks on the reserve. Get more information.
According to Maori tradition, the South Island is the canoe of Aoraki. Its sunken prow forms Queen Charlotte Sound/Totaranui and Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere. The sounds provided good shelter and food for Maori. To avoid travelling by sea from one sound to another, they carried their waka/canoes over low saddles.
Captain James Cook also used the sounds for shelter and food. He made Ship Cove, in Queen Charlotte Sound, his base in the 1770s.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.