Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive

Picton to Havelock

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22 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

19 Scenic Attractions

14 Picton / Marlborough Sounds

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Ngakuta Bay
Momorangi Bay
Stunning views all the way

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The 40km's between Havelock and Picton offers one of the most scenic drives you're likely to encounter.

Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way, the drive passes through many stunning little bays, and there are plenty of photo opportunities.

You should stop at the lookout near the Havelock end of the road. The view out across the sounds from this spot at Cullens Point is breathtaking. Keep your eyes out for bikes as they also like this route.

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South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds

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Reviews

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

06Oct18. Lovely drive, great lookouts. Beautiful scenery. Better for the passengers than driver as the road is very windy. Thank wotsit for power steering and auto box! Just make plenty of stops to enjoy the views.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Danny van Meel

Ranking: 10/10

Great drive with a lot of lookout points of the Marlborough Sounds!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Gabriel Prerot

France

Ranking: 7/10

The drive between Picton and Havelock is very scenic and beautiful. It is a bit windy with a big campervan but worth the effort.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Sam Lawrence

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous time along the coast from Picton. So many stunning views and stop off points. Highly recommended.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Maayke Reidsma

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful road. So many great lookouts!!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Hector Sharp

England

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic drive and lots of great places to stop that overlook the Sounds.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brianna Burd

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful scenery at every time. Bathrooms and camping spots are plentiful. Only downfall would be the winding roads for those who get car sick.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Patrick Veber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The drive from Picton to Havelock is a 35km ride directly at the coast with stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ben Devlin

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Off the beaten path so make sure you have at least half a tank of gas and a stomach for gravel roads. EPIC!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Greta

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning landscape! We had several breaks at the lookout points and enjoyed the beautiful views. But quite a lot of turns/bends and sometimes steep!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Inge van Noorf

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful way to drive.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Christoph Betten

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The scenery was great and there were a lot of lookouts and spots at the beach. Better than the Great Ocean Road!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Janek Belcher

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very curvy drive along the fjords with very nice lookout points.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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