We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary

Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Shakespeare Bay, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 898 2517
Website
Today
00:00 - 12:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 00:00 - 12:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary is a mainland island Sanctuary in...

Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary is a mainland island Sanctuary in Picton harbour. A community led project; this safe haven is protected by a predator proof fence which keeps out introduced predators such as stoats, possums, cats and rats. The charity also has an extensive trapping regime which ensures any invaders are stopped. The Sanctuary is free to enter and is a charming hour to 1.5 hour walk with stunning views to the Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton Harbour. The ideal destination for a morning activity.

Access is by water only, so you will need to visit one of the water taxi operators on the foreshore. Some have scheduled trips to the Sanctuary, while others will need you to book. Prices start from $20 per person return.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 10 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 1
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
For people who love birds

This is a predator free wildlife sanctuary on a point of land next to the Picton Harbor. It can be reached by water taxi ( I used the Cougar line). Go early and you will see lots... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
jronkowski
,
Chicago, Illinois
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

10 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 10: English reviews
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

This is a predator free wildlife sanctuary on a point of land next to the Picton Harbor. It can be reached by water taxi ( I used the Cougar line). Go early and you will see lots of birds- fan tails, yellow eyes, pigeons, etc. A group of 4 people ahead of me saw no birds but heard lots of... More 

Helpful?
Thank jronkowski
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Level Contributor
83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

A local group of enthusiastic volunteers has taken the dream of having a predator free sanctuary to the stage were rare native birds are being re introduced. Rats, mice, possums, stoats and weasels were introduced to NZ over the last 2 - 300 years and they rapidly decimated native species which had evolved in the absence of mammals. A predator... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Contention
Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

I only heard about the Sanctuary by accident a few days ago and with the weather forecast at home in Nelson looking marginal but good for Picton I decided on a day trip over the hill. I kayaked over from the Picton boat ramp and set off for a leisurely walk. A well developed track meant an easy walk. Unfortunately... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Diane W
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
106 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

I read about this on trip advisor so was keen to go on the trail. It did cost us $40 each return on the water taxi but it was a pleasant trip on the water. When you get dropped off you feel quite remote. The walk itself is quite steep to start but has stunning views of the sound and... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Swanee59
Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Had a really lovely time walking around Kaipupu. Easy to get to by boat and water taxi. Great views and Loved seeing the native birds.

Helpful?
1 Thank BradleyHayden
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Wow! Only heard about this by accident and decided we'd love to take a look. What an amazing place - best kept secret and we'll be doing our best to change that by telling everyone we know! Congrats to the volunteers who make it what it is.

Helpful?
4 Thank AngelaTNZ
Blenheim, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Great local initiative to bring native birds back to the Picton area. An easy graded walk (after a small hill up from the jetty) around the sanctuary with fantastic views of the Marlborough Sounds and a chance to get up close to the wildlife. Local tour operators now have scheduled time to access Kaipupu Point making it easy and affordable... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank BlenheimBaldrick
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our Sanctuary. We have recently launched Good Neighbours, which helps to encourage Picton residents to create their own backyard Sanctuary, so that the birds settled on Kaipupu have a safe haven when seeking out food etc in the surrounding areas. More 

Picton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

We have been to Kaipupu Point twice. A gentle walking track on a fairly short circuit makes for a pleasant morning or afternoon. A credit to the volunteers with vision for this lovely bird sanctuary. Access is by boat, either private or Picton cruises.

Helpful?
2 Thank mary h
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out. A safe haven for wildlife means visitors will continue to see more and more native... More 

New Braunfels, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
246 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2015

We really enjoyed our walk here. It is a 2.8 km trail that is carefully protected with many volunteers helping in setting traps to catch and remove imported predators. The efforts to protect the local bird populations is impressive. We were able to see quite a variety of birds such as the bellbird, fantail, and the Kereru (pigeon like). There... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Mary H
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out. A safe haven for wildlife means visitors will continue to see more and more native... More 

Bristol, England
Level Contributor
511 reviews
239 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 605 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015

We picked up a leaflet for the Kaipupu Point wildlife sanctuary near Picton and were very keen to visit. The only access is by boat and there is no regular service, so it is necessary to find a local boatman to take you over and collect you later. A water taxi company quoted what to us seemed a silly price... More 

Helpful?
Thank Chris H
Kaipupu, Public Relations Manager at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

We're so pleased you enjoyed your time on the Sanctuary and thank you for taking the time to write your review. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into managing the reserve including building all the tracks, planting, weeding and of course ensuring predators are kept out. A safe haven for wildlife means visitors will continue to see more and more native... More 

Travellers who viewed Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary also viewed

Picton, Marlborough Region
Picton, Marlborough Region
 
Picton, Marlborough Region
Picton, Marlborough Region
 

Been to Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?