Kaipupu Sanctuary - Private Water Taxi

From NZD $80.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Picton, Marlborough
  • Product code: PL9VBZ

Sanctuary is located in the heart of Picton Harbour. We are a community-driven
conservation project that provides Picton residents and visitors with an
opportunity to experience the wonder of nature right on our doorstep.

40ha reserve was partially farmed before the end of the 19th century
when it was part of the Picton Freezing Works. When the works closed it became
a Scenic Reserve in 1987 and in 2005 the idea of creating a predator-free area,
managed entirely by the community, was floated. This vision became a reality
when the predator-free fence was built in 2008 and the Sanctuary was opened for
the public to enjoy in 2013.

traps are maintained by the volunteers to ensure rats, stoats and possums that
swim around the fence are quickly removed. Weed infestations that once
smothered the regenerating forests have been significantly reduced, and an
extensive education program has seen hundreds of local children visiting the

Only a
ten-minute boat ride from Picton, the Sanctuary can be accessed by private
boat, water taxi or kayak. Allow 1.5 - 2 hours to leisurely walk around the 2.7
km circular track and enjoy the bird song, native forest and stunning views
across the inner Queen Charlotte Sounds.

2.7km loop track will take you through recovering native bush, old growth
forest and a restoration zone.  The bush-clad hills are home to many of
New Zealand’s unique native birds and insects and New Zealand fur seal can
often be found lazing on the jetty over autumn and winter. 

Sanctuary provides a sanctuary for our heart, mind and soul. Amidst the hustle
and bustle of our busy port town, at Kaipupu Sanctuary people can take the
opportunity to relax, meander through the forest, listen to the bird song and
enjoy the intricacies of nature.

Kaipupu Sanctuary and experience how the local native forest used to be – with
all its lush vegetation, captivating beauty, and relaxing atmosphere. 


Please select the time and date that you prefer, our reservations team will be in touch to confirm your boat and let you know about available timings. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you receive notification direct from our office.