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Queen Charlotte Sound

Address: Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Picton
Type: Bodies of water, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
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Type: Bodies of water, Hiking trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

A delightful walk to see nature at its best Picton showcases Queen Charlotte Sounds....... WALKS START AT 20MINS FOR BEGINNERS TO APPROX 2 HOURS ROUND TRIP............ COSTS NOTHING ...............View Priceless

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Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Exploring Queen Charlotte sound via Queen Charlotte Drive, the alternative route from Picton to Havelock you will find it is around 30 ks shorter in actual physical distance traveled but does take a little longer because of the extremely tight bends. The road is tar sealed all the way and the views are literally stunning so it is well worth... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was one of the best short holidays we've ever had and is a stunning way to see Queen Charlotte Sound. Affinity has 8 two berth cabins and a crew of three and is the most relaxing way to see this very beautiful part of the world. The scenery as seen from this motor vessel is superb. There are opportunities... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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154 reviews 154 reviews
73 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Since we were driving from Blenheim to Nelson, we could have avoided the Queen Charlotte drive and saved time, but we were really glad we didn't. The twists and turns along the Queen Charlotte track take added concentration and time, but the views are stunning and well worth it. There are pull-ins where you can stop and appreciate the views... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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361 reviews 361 reviews
246 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Did a 7-hour hike, and the first hour or so was a rather challenging uphill. I'm not a hiking enthusiast, and admittedly found the last 3 hours or so of the hike exceedingly boring, both in terms of the repetitive landscape and the terrain. If you're not an avid hiker/trekker, just come here for the views, don't bother with the... More 

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Perth
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We pass through the sound by ferry but also drove through the Queen Charlotte track and view it high up. Fantastic or majestic doesn't quite describe it. Spectacular? Anyway, you have to come and describe it yourself. The road is sealed but very narrow and we have to drive slowly and carefully as we are unsure of what's around the... More 

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Newquay
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We went by car up and around the bends were you can stop and get some great views from some of the pull-ins.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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146 reviews 146 reviews
53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Whether by boat or walking the track, this is a must visit. THe scenery defies description it is so beautiful

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Enjoyed the Mailboat cruise round QCS. The scenery is lovely, with many sheltered coves and wooded slopes. But compared to the Scottish Western Isles - not a patch I'm afraid. A kayaking friend of mine who visited the Marlborough Sounds to kayak there for five days described the trip as bordering on boring, because of the lack of any variety.... More 

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Toowoomba, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We chose the Queen Charlotte Drive to travel from Picton to Havelock and we were glad we did. It is a very scenic drive with a very windy road overlooking the Sounds from high & low, and many beautiful photo ops along the way. The road is narrow in parts, but be prepared to find a spot to pull over... More 

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