Marlborough region

View of Blumine Island from Queen Charlotte Sound. Photo: Richard Andrell.

Blumine Island from Queen Charlotte Sound

Marlborough region map.

Blumine Island/Oruawairua is one of several predator free islands in Queen Charlotte Sound and is open to the public. 

The island provides a wonderful opportunity to see several rare bird species such as saddleback and orange fronted parakeet and get up close and personal to some of our more common species like weka as well.

WWII military ruins including two gun emplacements and their accompanying observation posts and magazines as well as the barracks area, are hidden within the bush of the island and can be easily explored.

Stunning views await along the newly upgraded Oruawairua Track as you make your way between the DOC campsite at Home Bay and the gun emplacements. The walk will take one hour in each direction and gives you the opportunity to experience the bush, birdlife and views of the island as well as the fascinating history. 


Blumine Island/Oruawairua lies in Queen Charlotte Sound opposite Endeavour Inlet, approximately 22km from Picton.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Marlborough places


Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:      +64 3 520 3002
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