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Queen Charlotte Sound

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Address: Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton, New Zealand
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This is a great 4 day walk. We found it quite hard. But very enjoyable. The 2nd and 4th day were the best

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Janet B
Eltham, New Zealand
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Eltham, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Informative tour of the sound. The skippers commentary was interesting and was more than happy to answer questions. We were visited by a large pod of bottle nose dolphins and were entertained by their wake surfing and attempts to outdo each other with aerial acrobatics. This was a highlight for my husband and I. We took wine and nibbles and... More 

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Amberley, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a short one day walk from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Resort. This is quite a flat part and quite easy. Beautful views all along the walkway

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Any walk overlooking Queen Charlotte Sound is a must for any photographer. The light on most days is clear and the sun or clouds keep changing the atmospheric views and picture taking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is one of the beautiful places in New Zealand, drive & cruise it is a must. The walking tracks up to the lookout are everywhere. so do it! MUSTDO!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We drove the Queen Charlotte Sound from Picton to Havelock, famous for its Green Lip Mussels, which was a delight with lovely vistas at almost every turn. We took the turning right at Linkwater and drove for several kilometres before ending up Mistletoe Bay where we walked and then drove on Te Mahia Bay for coffee.

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