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Queen Charlotte Sound

Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 10 Attractions in Picton
Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking
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Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Kayaking

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

I went on the ferry from Wellington across to Picton on the South island 2 years ago- the scenery is spectacular entering the sound with the deep water changing from deep blue to green in different places and all shades in between. The hills rise steeply and there are many little bays. I have just been on a road trip... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This sound is majestically beautiful, and will wow you irrespective where you are around or on it! If you are undecided whether to go out on the water or even hire a mountain bike in Picton then do both. It's a stunning setting and seriously underrated. We were lucky enough to have a short stop off here. So glad we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This is one spectacular drive - on a way from Picton to Nelson - absolutely stunning. It is quite curvy and at time narrow, so one must be a bit more careful, but there are plenty of place to pull over and check it out. We definitely want to go back and explore beyond just the drive as the area... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Starting at Ships Cove at 10.30 it was a hike straight up 200mts.... and down again. Most of the walk was up & down ridges. You don't realise how high you are.... until you look back at your photo's in wonder. There were just so many bays that just takes you breath away. Kiwi's don't believe in sign posting and... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Lovely scenery, very varied as you proceed through the Sound passing islands and coves. Dolphins and bird life and seals in abundance.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We were staying in a holiday house with incredible views - it was about 15 mins from Picton and so peaceful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Queen Charlotte Sounds are absolutely stunning. There are numerous ways to experience the majestic Queen Charlotte Sounds. One option is to take a cruise or catch the ferry from Wellington to Picton as the scenery is gorgeous & the boast ride very pleasurable. The other way is to self drive between Havelock and Picton, a 40-kilometre winding road fringed... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You can travel from Blenheim to Nelson via a faster road, but this drive via Picton offers both an opportunity to explore that quaint coastal community, with its maritime museum, and to enjoy stunning views of Queen Charlotte Sound. While the car is in motion, the driver, alas, better not be gawking; the road is twisty and narrow and especially... More 

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gold coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

While driving thru this winding road late one afternoon, we came across a spot on side of the road called "Aussie Bay".. We quickly pulled into the small camping area where there`s an honesty box where you pay $6 per person for the night. What a lovely little spot to stay!! You need to be self sufficient, altho there is... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A leasurely drive around the sounds to Nelson is a must. The views are fantastic and plenty of lookout points along the way.

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