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Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Picton
Type: Bodies of Water, Hiking Trails
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
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Perth
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449 reviews 449 reviews
352 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We drove part of the Queen Charlotte and found it was a bit hard to find lookouts, you really had to look out for them. The views were good but we didn't see a point of driving the entire road.

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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425 reviews 425 reviews
149 attraction reviews
404 helpful votes 404 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We did the Queen Charlotte Drive covering about 35km (21 miles) in around 1 ½ hours travelling from Havelock to Picton to catch a ferry and that latter point was often in our minds. For that reason it’s possibly more leisurely to drive the route the other way around and not be clock-watching. (As it turned out we arrived in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This is a truly amazing part of New Zealand, mountains on all sides, forested islands, clear blue water, not to be missed.

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Berlin, Germany
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71 reviews 71 reviews
58 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

the queen charlotte sounds is one of the best places to go to in New Zealand, in the south island, everything about the sounds is amazing, every little inlet, resort, camping grounds, walking track etc...

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Wow the views, fantastic drive stop at the Rai Valley Cafe, sit outside with the birds and enjoy the beautiful food and great coffee.

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Harrogate
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23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Wonderful scenery...well worth a trip out...there are a number of different trips from the harbour including bird watching

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Daphne, Alabama
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79 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Hubby and I wanted an easier, less physical way to see beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound and some of the Marlborough Sound area than tramping/camping it. We were very pleased to find a 2-night scalloping cruise aboard Affinity. Yes, we did numerous dredges for scallops, helped bring them aboard, sorted them, sized them, cleaned them, cooked them and ate them down.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

A beautiful waterway at the northern tip of the South Island. Whilst catching the ferry between Wellington and Picton I had the privilege of seeing huge pods of dolphins and the beautiful scenery of the Queen Charlotte Sound. A great place for kayaking, trekking and a good entry point to the Marlborough Valley.

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London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
18 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We did it to the snout and back to Picton, you're rewarded with awesome views of the sound. On a good day it's even better as the colours of greenery and blue water are just awesome.

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New York
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174 attraction reviews
438 helpful votes 438 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I did this by car from Picton, and the 20 km drive is among the most scenic I have done, with some of the most winding road ever. There is no straight stretch in the entire 20 km drive. That can make you queasy, if you are prone to motion sickness. Take it easy, drink lots of water, avoid the... More

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