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Arapawa Island, Marlborough 7281, New Zealand

Located at the eastern end of the sound where it meets the sea, Arapaoa (formerly Arapawa) Island was a whaling station until 1964, when whaling in New Zealand ended. Some 200 years earlier, Captain Cook stopped at the island in 1770 and from the...

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Motuara Island, Marlborough, New Zealand

Across from Arapaoa Island at the eastern end of Queen Charlotte Sound, Motuara Island is home to one of the 50 or so nature reserves located throughout the Marlborough Sounds. When Captain Cook explored this region in 1770, the islands here were...

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The Foreshore, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Located near the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, the port of Picton is a popular base for visitors exploring the Marlborough Sounds. The town's history dates back hundreds of years, having long been the site of a fortified Maori settlement. After...

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Ship Cove 7282, New Zealand

It won't take long in Queen Charlotte Sound before you realize that Captain Cook played a key role in the region's history. Even the sound itself is named after the wife of King George III, the sponsor of Cook's expedition. Cook and the crew of...

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Bay of Many Coves 7282, New Zealand

No roads lead to this destination, which has a decidedly evocative name, on the northern side of Queen Charlotte Sound. Instead visitors need to take a short ferry ride from Picton or arrive by foot on the Queen Charlotte Track. Several of...