Located in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island, Queen Charlotte Drive is a spectacular winding road that links the towns of Havelock and Picton. It's one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world.
The road is asphalted. It’s 33.2 km long. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. This winding road is fringed with native forest and 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. Don’t expect to average more than 40km/hour, but ultimately it is well worth the effort as the views through the ferns to turquoise bays are magical. Watch for cyclists as this is a popular route for them. The roads are narrow in parts and there are lots of bends. The end of September is school holidays so the road may be quite busy especially if the weather is good.
A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The road really does twist and turn uphill and downhill, but you don’t meet many vehicles and have lots of time to take in the wonderful views. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory and fully charged batteries. It is an incredible winding road taking you past lots of hidden bays and through native forest. The views along the road are some of the best you will see on the road in New Zealand. There are many lookout points along the way. Take care and take your time driving and pull over where and when possible to look at the awesome scenery.