Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Picton Harbour


A community Project

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary was first created in 2005 to protect and enhance our unique New Zealand wildlife. The Sanctuary is situated at the head of Picton harbour, Queen Charlotte Sound. As it is a ‘mainland island sanctuary’ that is separated from the mainland by a predator proof fence, the only access for the public is via water. Simply catch a water taxi from the Picton foreshore and you will be transported to the Dolphin Bay jetty – which feels million miles away from the town, yet only takes 10 mins.

Allow an hour and a half to leisurely walk around the 2.8km track. You’ll have stunning views out to the Sounds, back to Picton and experience forest which in some places, has original virgin growth. With no predators, bird watching is often a very magical experience on the Sanctuary. Keep an eye and ear out for kereru (NZ native wood pigeon), piwakwaka (fantails), korimako (bellbirds), tui, little blue penguin and many more. Please share your photos on our Facebook page and TripAdvisor listing.

We recommend wearing good walking shoes, bringing your own water and refreshments. There are no rubbish bins on the Sanctuary, please take any rubbish out with you.

There is no entrance fee to go into the Sanctuary, however do look out for the donation box at the start of the track. As a community run initiative we appreciate all efforts to help us.

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Official Web Site: www.kaipupupoint.co.nz

We hope you enjoy your time in the sanctuary.

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Getting there…

Beachcomber Cruises/Picton Water Taxis

Phone: 03 573 6175…. Part of scheduled boat services, or on demand water taxi service

Cougar Line

Phone: 03 573 7925…. Part of scheduled boat services

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Ph 03 573 6078…. Sea kayak rental


Options with possible guided tours:

Wilderness Guides Marlborough Sounds

Phone: 03 573 5432….sea kayak rental, with guided tour options

Dolphin Watch Ecotours

Phone: 03 573 8040….scheduled boat service plus guided tour option

Lochmara Lodge Nature Reserve

Phone: 03 573 4554…scheduled boat service plus guided tour option


 The sanctuary is being built day by day with the help of passionate and committed members, volunteers, donors and sponsors. It was opened to the public on March 17 2013.




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