In the background is Picton’s Waitohi Wharf. These three docks serve ferries, large sightseeing and fishing boats plus small passenger ships. Large cruise ships berth at Waimahara Wharf in Shakespeare Bay on the other side of Kaipupu Point seen in the background. Picton is located at the terminus of Queen Charlotte Sound. This protected and very scenic waterway stretches for 22 miles before reaching the Northern Entrance. This leads to Cook Strait separating New Zealand’s South and North Islands. Queen Charlotte Sound is a small part of Marlborough Sounds, a labyrinth of inlets, bays, sounds and islands comprising 1,500 square miles.