Near the Havelock end of the road, a sign simply says 'lookout'. Rural New Zealanders are known for their modest understatement and this sign is living proof of that tendency. The view out across the sounds from this spot at Cullens Point is an image that will stay with you for many years - it's breathtaking.
Queen Charlotte Drive continues downhill to wind past numerous sleepy bays. The strong arts and crafts community in this area means there are several opportunities to pause and browse art studios for a special memento or two.
Through the area of Linkwater, the road passes along a low saddle. You're now traversing five kilometres of land between the head of Pelorus Sound and the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. To achieve the same thing by boat involves travelling more than a 100 kilometres out to the open sea and back in again - little wonder early farmers considered putting a canal through here.
Continuing around the upper reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound you'll pass The Grove and sheltered Momorangi Bay before climbing the headland that leads into the seaside town of Picton.
Because of the sharp corners and winding nature of this road, ensure you stay alert and drive this road with caution. Learn more about Driving in New Zealand.