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Queen Charlotte Sound

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Address: Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton
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Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

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Queen Charlotte Drive

My partner and I drove from Picton to Havelock via Queen Charlotte Drive. And I most certainly recommend the drive for the amazing scenery. That being said, the road is very windy... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I drove from Picton to Havelock via Queen Charlotte Drive. And I most certainly recommend the drive for the amazing scenery. That being said, the road is very windy with no signposting, so be prepared for this. We had an all wheel drive and it was a sunny day and the car handle superbly. Not sure how... More 

Thank Amy R
Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Except for quite large sections of the track before Punga Cove being ploughed up which made it nearly impossible to walk in such thick, heavy mud, this was a beautiful 4 day hike. Perhaps May and rain coincide with track-maintenance time.

Thank Ros H
Bungendore, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great value trip. The captain pointed out all the homes and places of interest. We visited a salmon farm and saw lots of seabirds. The highlight of the journey was visiting Ship Cove where Captain Cook keel hauled the Endeavour and Resolution over many trips to this Cove. Highly recommended.

Thank Wendy W
Seneca, South Carolina
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We drove the edge of the Sound from Picton to Havelock. It was a slow but very enjoyable drive. This is a good way to spend a couple of hours with a stop for something to eat at the end of your drive.

Thank Bill Y
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Believe their ratings of intermediate-expert etc and also the times. They are not understated. Bring all the "gear" and tons of memory for the camera

Thank Erik B
Waitara, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

This is a great 4 day walk. We found it quite hard. But very enjoyable. The 2nd and 4th day were the best

Thank Janet B
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We were looking forward to this ferry trip which was going to be a highlight of our New Zealand visit. Unfortunately it was marred by wet weather which is common in the area. I imagine it could be spectacular but not on this occasion.

Thank Canberra_Traveller
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Spent a lazy Sunday morning...up until 1pm cruising the sounds. An hour on the stunning motuara island bird sanctuary. ..so worth a visit. .Lovely walk to peak. .gorgeous wildlife and fauna. . Caught the mail run boat back. ..wandered around ship cove where cook landed. ..explored various resorts on islands. ..hidden little coves. ..seals, birds, relaxing & fun. ..great historical... More 

Thank earthangel11
Perth, Western Australia
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

One of the most spectacular views we have seen. We drove from Picton to Nelson which is a great drive but if you want some spectacular views of Picton and the sound you need to only go to the first observation point not too far along the road from Picton. Well worth seeing.

Thank tranzactnow
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Arriving by ferry, the views of this sound are incredible. It's well worth the time to enjoy it --- find a way to take a kayak, a small boat or a Queen Charlotte track hike.

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