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Cruises visiting Queen Charlotte Sound & all Queen Charlotte Sound cruises for  2018

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Queen Charlotte Sound is the easternmost of the Marlborough Sound, at the top end of the South Island of New Zealand. It enters Cook Strait, just 22 km from the North Island. The 42 km Sound is a drowned river valley. The jagged coastlines around the sound limit transport to water, and ferries ply between Picton, at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, and Wellington on the North Island. Captain James Cook sheltered here during each of his three voyages of exploration of this region around 1770. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries this area was a base for whaling, notably at Perano Head on Arapawa Island.

Queen Charlotte Sound has calm water and is popular for sailing - a marked contrast to the notorious waters of Cook Strait. The Sound is best known for being ideal for exploring by boat, perhaps even by kayak, with its calm waters, delightful bush-clad shorelines with their intricate series of deep bays, coves and waterways. It may be possible to take a day’s walk or bike riding along the Queen Charlotte Track that is renowned for stunning views, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife.

Many ships have been wrecked close to the entrance to the Sound. In 1986 the luxurious MS Mikhail Lermontov, departing from Picton, struck rocks in a shallow channel between the northern tip of the Queen Charlotte Sound and the light-house at the end of Cape Jackson, and sank just 10 km from the rocks in Port Gore. It is one of the biggest, complete, easily accessible, and diveable ship wrecks in the world. Also, the Edwin Fox is dry-docked at The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre at Picton. She is the world's second oldest surviving merchant sailing ship and the only surviving ship that transported convicts to Australia.

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