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Address: Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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Picturesque windy drive along Queen Charlotte Drive

We drove from Havelock to Picton, taking the delightful Queen Charlotte Drive. It's windy and slow going in places, but has some beautiful views of the water virtually all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Albany, Australia

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Albany, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove from Havelock to Picton, taking the delightful Queen Charlotte Drive. It's windy and slow going in places, but has some beautiful views of the water virtually all the way. It's a great way to get a taste of what the Marborough Sounds are like. There are lots of places to stop along the way to enjoy the views.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tree-covered hills come right down to the water. Plenty of water activities available or rest on the shore. Not very populated, especially when you are south of Picton. Enjoy the views.

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This leisurely cruise was relaxing for sure. The beautiful hills were dotted with interesting cottages and homes. The sailboats and wildlife kept me looking for more. I must say after an hour it became monotonous still worth it if in the area.

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Darwin, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very special country...do yourself a favour and take the ferry to Picton...a great journey and wonderful trip through the Queen Charlotte sound...memorable.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spectacular views and walks, lots of shading so when it's hot at least you are out of the sun. We were recommended to only do day walks, we did this from the hotel lochmara, 4 hours and it was enough for us.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

New Zealand is my home country and its always going to be my favourite! The queen charlotte sound is beautiful, theres so much to do and stunning views everywhere you look! You MUST do this whilst traveling in NZ!

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Canberra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

My fiance and I were lucky enough to travel on all the sounds in New Zealand. Each was stunning! It's best to travel when the water is calm :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Fantastic views from every direction. Great to see from the banks or on the water. Even on the ferry from Wellington this is a treat. Worth visiting with a camera ready for lots of pictures

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Norman, OK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The sea--kayaking experience in Queen Charlotte Sound is largely dependent on how lucky you get. I've seen picture of kayakers here where Orca have come into the sound, and dolphin, but that must be an infrequent occurrence. The waters were a bit rough when we visited, even though we hugged the shoreline. Although we saw a couple of sting rays... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We took a tour with Beachcombers to the bird sanctuary island in the Queen Charlotte Sound. On the way back to Picton Harbour, we stopped at Ship's Cove. We are interested in all things related to Captain James Vook, so we wanted to get off here. We saw a number of people take bicycles as well. We then went on... More 

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