Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive

Queen Charlotte Drive is one of the best coastal drives in New Zealand. It connects Picton to Havelock via the coast. It is only 35 km long, being windy and hilly, although sealed all the way and well maintained.

The views of Queen Charlotte Sound are often superlative, with viewpoints above Picton Harbour and Shakespeare Bay, and then Edge Point. Further along there are small accessible bays at Ngakuta, Momorangi and Aussie. The two latter also have campsites.

About halfway along the drive, there is an inland section through Linkwater to Pelorus Sound. You can access this sound on Kenepuru Road or continue on to connect with Pelorus Sound at Mahakipawa Arm. Look out for the stop at Pelorus Sound Viewpoint, shortly before you arrive in Havelock.

The drive connects to State Highway 6 to Nelson, or back to Blenheim, at Havelock.

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