Arapawa Island

About Arapawa Island (Marlborough Sounds)

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  • Arapawa Island is a small island located in Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds aprox. 40kms from Picton and can only be reached by boat. Arapawa has a land area of 75 km2 and its population is estimated to be around 50 people.

    The island is covered by a mixture of native New Zealand bush (woods), forestry and farmland. Arapawa Island is also known for it's rare breeds of  Arapawa sheep, pigs and goats found only on the island.

    Because of the remote location, Arapawa Island is a unique place for visitors to experience the peaceful surroundings and stunning scenery of the surrounding Marlborough Sounds region.

    Water Taxi & Boat Transport options are available from Picton to Arapawa Island, Queen Charlotte Sound & the Marlborough Sounds.

    Arapawa Island Accommodation & Activities

    Taiaha Trek & Stay (Marae Papakainga Turangawaewae) provide a truely spiritual holiday experience on the island by providing a genuine Maori homestay in the Marlborough Sounds. Guests are welcomed into homely accommodation with wonderful hospitality, and are given the opportunity to participate in many on-site activities.

    Day Diving & Fishing Trips on Arapawa Island

    Your host can arrange for your participation in and enjoyment of day diving and fishing trips whilst you are with us. You can also visit many historical areas located within the Queen Charlotte Sounds such as SHIPS COVE where Captain Cook landed on several voyages to this area, the Long Island marine reserve and other historical spots.


    2 Day or 1 and a half day trip with ECO-TOURS with Pete and Takutai of Myths and Legends

    Eco-Tours on their 74 year old classic Launch " TUTANEKAI "

    Have a personalized adventure learn about our history, culture and environment through the lost art of story telling, while viewing dolphins, seals and bird life also the blue penguins.

    Visit bird colonies, native bush walks, Island bird sanctuary, wild life sanctuary, Ships Cove, Captain Cooks Memorial, view sunken ship wreck.

    OR: Find your own way to Ruapara, Home of Neville and Gay and book an all day Eco-Tour finishing back in Picton.

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    Arapawa Island