Kaipupu Point Mainland Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Port

    Picton, New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Information not currently available.

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Take a short shuttle ride to a comfortable launch and cruise 15 minutes to Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on a peninsula, the sanctuary is protected by predator-proof fence and the birdlife here is now flourishing. An army of local volunteers and generous donations helped to create this safe haven for native wildlife.

Upon arrival at the Dolphin Bay jetty, set off on a guided loop track walk of two miles, passing traps and tunnels alongside designed to eliminate any predators that might have so far escaped capture. Hear and see native birds -- fantails, kereru, weka, silvereyes, grey warbler, tui, bellbirds and kingfishers. You may spot shorebirds all around the rocky coastline, now home to cormorants (pied, spotted shag and little shags), little blue penguins, black-backed gulls, red-billed gulls, welcome swallows and South Island pied oystercatchers.

As you continue on the undulating path, you will pass through a mature stand of beech forest en route to a stunning vantage point.

View Picton township and the harbor in the distance and your ship docked at the pier.

Return to the jetty, re-board the launch and enjoy a light refreshment as you head back to the marina at Picton.


Minimum age is 10 years.