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Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Sound is a large body of water located in New Zealand's South Island. It is a deep, protected inlet of the Tasman Sea, located between the northern tip of the South Island and the northernmost of the Marlborough Sounds. The sound is approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) in length and covers an area of about 170 square kilometres (65 square miles).

Queen Charlotte Sound is renowned for its stunning beauty. The sound is surrounded by lush green hills and mountains, and its waters are home to a wide variety of marine life, including dolphins, seals, and seabirds. The sound is also a popular destination for recreational activities such as sailing, kayaking, and fishing.

Queen Charlotte Sound has a long and varied history. The sound was first explored by Captain James Cook in 1770 and was named after the British Queen Charlotte. In the 19th century, the sound was a popular destination for whalers and sealers. In the 20th century, the sound was used as a base for the Royal New Zealand Navy and was the site of a major battle during World War II.

Today, Queen Charlotte Sound is a popular tourist destination. The sound is home to several small towns and villages, as well as a number of vineyards. The sound is also a popular destination for boating, fishing, and other recreational activities.

Queen Charlotte Sound is one of the most beautiful and historically significant areas in New Zealand. Its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife, and rich history make it an ideal destination for both tourists and locals alike.

Excursion tips for a day in Queen Charlotte Sound

As a tourist in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand, there is a wide variety of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Go kayaking or canoeing in the tranquil waters of Queen Charlotte Sound.
2. Take a boat tour and explore the stunning coastline.
3. Enjoy a picnic on one of the many beaches.
4. Go fishing and try your luck at catching some of the local fish species.
5. Visit the historic Ship Cove and learn about its past.
6. Take a short hike to one of the many lookout points for spectacular views.
7. Go birdwatching and admire the native bird species.
8. Visit the nearby wildlife reserves and observe the native wildlife.
9. Take a guided tour to learn more about the history and culture of the area.
10. Spend the day shopping in the local markets and stores.

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The climate in Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Sound in New Zealand has a temperate climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. During the summer months (December to February), temperatures range from 15-25°C and the area experiences long sunny days. In the autumn (March to May) temperatures range from 8-20°C and the days are mostly sunny with occasional rain. During the winter months (June to August), temperatures range from 4-15°C and the area experiences frequent rain showers. During the spring (September to November), temperatures range from 8-20°C and the area experiences sunny days with occasional rain.

Cruise weather for Queen Charlotte Sound

Our weather forecast for Queen Charlotte Sound helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Dec. 4th 2023 Dec. 4th 2023 max: 13.0 °C
min: 12.5 °C
49.0 m/s
51.1 m/s
100.0 %
24.0 m
82.5 %
1,012 hPa
Dec. 5th 2023 Dec. 5th 2023 max: 13.8 °C
min: 12.6 °C
48.2 m/s
49.0 m/s
66.2 %
24.1 m
79.8 %
1,018 hPa
Dec. 6th 2023 Dec. 6th 2023 max: 15.3 °C
min: 13.5 °C
43.2 m/s
52.6 m/s
52.2 %
24.1 m
81.8 %
1,011 hPa
Dec. 7th 2023 Dec. 7th 2023 max: 16.1 °C
min: 14.2 °C
43.9 m/s
56.9 m/s
6.4 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,006 hPa
Dec. 8th 2023 Dec. 8th 2023 max: 14.4 °C
min: 12.5 °C
44.3 m/s
49.0 m/s
36.7 %
23.3 m
80.6 %
1,017 hPa
Dec. 9th 2023 Dec. 9th 2023 max: 15.2 °C
min: 13.7 °C
50.6 m/s
68.4 m/s
61.8 %
24.1 m
80.3 %
1,020 hPa
Dec. 10th 2023 Dec. 10th 2023 max: 15.8 °C
min: 15.1 °C
51.8 m/s
69.8 m/s
74.5 %
24.1 m
86.1 %
1,017 hPa
Dec. 11th 2023 Dec. 11th 2023 max: 16.1 °C
min: 14.9 °C
40.8 m/s
50.6 m/s
97.3 %
16.8 m
96.3 %
1,017 hPa
Dec. 12th 2023 Dec. 12th 2023 max: 15.2 °C
min: 14.2 °C
37.4 m/s
43.2 m/s
43.2 %
22.4 m
91.1 %
1,016 hPa
Dec. 13th 2023 Dec. 13th 2023 max: 18.3 °C
min: 13.8 °C
46.4 m/s
56.9 m/s
2.2 %
24.1 m
79.1 %
1,006 hPa
Dec. 14th 2023 Dec. 14th 2023 max: 13.6 °C
min: 10.8 °C
63.0 m/s
59.8 m/s
32.0 %
23.1 m
72.6 %
1,014 hPa
Dec. 15th 2023 Dec. 15th 2023 max: 15.2 °C
min: 12.1 °C
38.4 m/s
51.1 m/s
5.7 %
24.1 m
70.4 %
1,018 hPa
Dec. 16th 2023 Dec. 16th 2023 max: 15.4 °C
min: 14.5 °C
50.0 m/s
72.4 m/s
82.0 %
24.1 m
82.7 %
1,013 hPa
Dec. 17th 2023 Dec. 17th 2023 max: 15.5 °C
min: 14.6 °C
46.9 m/s
63.7 m/s
76.1 %
24.1 m
83.7 %
1,014 hPa

Cruises to Queen Charlotte Sound

Would you like to travel to Queen Charlotte Sound on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Queen Charlotte Sound .

Scheduled ship calls in Queen Charlotte Sound , New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Mar. 8th 2024 Friday, 8th of Mar. 2024 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2025 Monday, 13th of Jan. 2025 Queen Elizabeth 03:00 pm 06:00 pm
Mar. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am

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