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Picton to Picton, New Zealand: 7 Days

Day 1: Picton & Tawa Bay

Join your yacht in the tiny harbor town of Picton, which acts as a gateway to the Sounds. Departing from Picton, you can cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound, passing many bays and inlets before arriving at Tawa Bay, located in the Endeavour Inlet and a great spot to anchor for the night. Breathtaking views and landscape make for wonderful cocktail hour delights from the aft deck and flybridge.

Day 2: Ships Cove & Ketu Bay

The Sounds are a fantastic spot for walks and the tracks between Resolution Bay and Ships Cove offer an insight into the travels of Captain Cook and showcase some unusual birdlife. Depart Queen Charlotte Sound in the afternoon and cruise through Allen Strait to anchor at Ketu Bay for the evening. An evening dip in the Jacuzzi is sure to please after a long bush walk!

Day 3: Tennyson Inlet

Heading out of Ketsu Bay, you will pass through the Pelorus Sound, a picturesque valley where dolphins can often be seen. The area known as World's End in Tennyson Inlet is ideal for an afternoon hike through the forest leading to a ridge with stunning views to the south.

Day 4: Stephens Island & D'Urville Island

Leave Tennyson Inlet in the morning while enjoying breakfast on the aft deck and head back up the Pelorus Sound where you will pass the Tiro and Chetwood Islands; both wildlife sanctuaries. This same route will bring you to Stephens Passage that separates D'Urville and Stephens Islands. Spend the night anchored in the natural harbor Port Hardy on D'Urville Island.

Day 5: Guard's Bay

Cruising down the coastline of D'Urville Island brings Grevill Harbour into view, this is a great spot to stop for lunch before passing through the French Pass. Anchor in Guard's Bay for the night which is an excellent spot for watersports and an afternoon exploring the waterways.

Day 6: Motuara Island & Bay of Many Coves

With a busy day ahead, enjoy a morning cruise for the impressive diving site of the Mikhail Lermontov at Port Gore. This is the largest cruise ship to sink since the Titanic. Moving on, head to Cape Jackson and back through Queen Charlotte Sound to drop anchor at Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary full of native bird species, wild penguins and nature walks with spectacular views. Spend the night anchored in the Bay of Many Coves and enjoy a night ashore.

Day 7: Brothers Islands & Lochmara Bay

For the final cruise into the Cook Strait, passing The Brothers Islands. There is excellent fishing here and is a short hop from Lochmara Bay which makes a nice mooring spot for guest departure back to Picton Marina.