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Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough Sounds, Picton, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Picton
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Trails, Biking Trails
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Adelaide, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A lovely one way walk on good pathways. You have to be keen to do it all, especially both ways. A pass required in some areas is confusing. Take everything you need to eat drink & relax. Excellent views over water in many areas but a bit repetitive.

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Severna Park, Maryland
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41 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

After getting off the ferry we wanted to see as much of the shoreline as possible on our drive to Nelson via Havelock. This seemed like a good idea and it turned out to be very pretty.

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Montreal, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We headed out from Picton towards the Queen Charlotte track. The road was very curvy, but the views were stunning. Be sure to stop at the lookouts. We started our hike at Anakiwa. We wanted to do a 3-4 hour hike. Including stops for photos and a lunch stop, we hiked for 4.5 hours. In total, we hiked about 18... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We walked track in mid-January many years ago (can't remember back that far!) and the weather was awesome - a little too good for the section between Punga Cove and Portage - we saw yachties diving off their boats into the water and were jealous. :-) The climb out of Punga Cove is long and the switchback into Portage is... More

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Osnabruck, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It hitchhiked the my way to Nelson through this track and I drove with a local who had an amazing speed which was kind of scary but also kind of funny. As a nonlocal it might be a street which is not the easiest to drive. But this is fun. And the views are just stunning. GO THERE!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We did the Queen Charlotte hike from Ships Cove to Torea Saddle. We also started with a 2 hour stop at Motuera Island (bird sanctuary). The Cougar Line Taxi will drop you off there and then pick you up two hours later. It was great to do the hiking and have someone carry most of your gear. The accomodations along... More

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Glen Waverley
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A benefit of doing sections of the walk is you can choose ideal weather conditions and section you would like to attempt. As we had a car and comfortable accommodation overlooking the harbour in Picton, we walked the Te Mahia towards Torea Saddle section and the Anakiwa to Te Mahia section of the QCT on different days. The first day,... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The walk is not too difficult, but we were not too happy with the accommodation at each stop. At Furneaux Lodge there was a private function and we were treated as second class guests. Punga Lodge was fantastic.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We have lived in Wellington for 30+ years and this is our first time on the Track. It was amazing a beautiful, varied and sometimes challenging walk in paradise. We will be going again soon.

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Hugo, Minnesota
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45 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I loved the well maintained trail with the rolling hills. This track is not for the person who hikes once a year. This is a moderate to difficult track with long days. I loved the scenery, wildlife, and of course the flora. A fit person who hikes often can hike this very easily in half of the suggested time. I... More

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