These walking tracks in Pelorus Sounds are boat access only.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

30 min - 3 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


Jacobs Bay/Fairy Bay Track

Time: 3 hr return (boat access only)

This track leads around Dillon Bell Point between the two bays.

Putanui Point Track

Time: 30 min one way (boat access only)

A track over a forest-covered point to a lookout. Access is from either side of the point.

Getting there

To get to Pelorus Sound, turn off the main road just past Havelock, onto Queen Charlotte Drive. Queen Charlotte Drive is the main road in the Sounds, other roads are narrow, winding, and most are unsealed.

Water taxi services are available from Havelock to parts of Pelorus 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.

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.


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