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Queen Charlotte Drive

The Queen Charlotte Drive is a spectacular, winding road route linking the Marlborough Sounds’ two main towns.

  • View Of Pelorus Sound From The Queen Charlotte Drive
  • Queen Charlotte Drive2

The quiet winding road has a few gentle hills and passes through a handful of Sounds communities.

Along the way you’ll find native bush on one side and the sparkling Marlborough Sounds on the other as you cycle from Picton to Havelock on the Queen Charlotte Drive, part of the Nga Haerenga Cycle Touring Route.

It also connects with the road to Anakiwa, the end of the Queen Charlotte Track mountain bike ride.




2-4 hours, 40km


All year round

Shared Pathway Etiquette

1. Keep left.
2. Cyclists should let pedestrians know when they are approaching by politely calling out or ringing a bell when approaching from behind.
3. Cyclists should pass on the right, when possible – unless the pedestrians are on the right in which case pass them in the safest way possible.
4. Cyclists should ride defensively and cycle at a speed that does not put others at risk.