Visit Kaipupu Sanctuary
The sanctuary is separated from the mainland by a predator proof
fence with public access only possible via water.
There are a number of water taxi options to choose from (see the
list below) or you can take your own boat or kayak.
There is a floating jetty and a kayak ramp at Dolphin Bay on the western side.
Kaipupu Sanctuary is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day.
It is free to visit but as we are non-profit community group, donations
are encouraged to cover running costs.
There is a donation box near the Jetty when you arrive, or you can donate here.
Allow two hours for the 2.7km circular track, or 45 minutes (return) to the northern lookout.
The first part of the track is moderately steep, but short. Take your time, stop for a breather and enjoy the stunning views of Tōtaranui (Queen Charlotte Sound).
If you bring food for a picnic or snack, please take all rubbish home with you. Don't feed any animals or birds. Human food can be dangerous to their health.
Experience Kaipupu Sanctuary
Self guided booklets are available from our shop at 14 Auckland Street, Waitohi/Picton.
Wander through regenerating bush and ancient old growth beech and tawa forest.
See the changes in birds and plant life as you explore Kaipupu Sanctuary.
Sit and listen to the sounds of nature, away from busy urban life.
Water transport to Kaipupu Sanctuary
There are a number of water taxi / transport options to visit the Sanctuary.
Please book directly through the operators, they are all located on the Picton Waterfront off London Quay.
Phone: +64 3 573 6175
Freephone: 0800 62 45 26
Phone: +64 3 573 7925
Freephone: 0800 50 40 90
Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company - for kayak hire
Phone: +64 3 573 6078
Freephone: 0800 283 283
Wilderness Guides - for kayak hire
Phone: +64 3 573 5432
Freephone: 0800 266 266