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Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

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Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

Just had fantastically perfect day driving from our accommodation in Nelson to Marahau, taking a water taxi to Anchorage and hiking back. 12.4 km if you don't take any side trips. Cancelled one day previous due to heavy rain. Yesterday, perfect. Would like to do day hike on Queen Charlotte track but not wanting hours of driving. What's the closest access from Nelson? Any other suggestions closer to Nelson? Hoping for good weather again tomorrow and not spending 4 hours in the car as we head to the West Coast on Friday.

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1. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

Really the easiest access to QCT is by water taxi from Picton. This is back-tracking if you plan to head to the West Coast on Friday - why not drive "over-the-hill" to Takaka or visit some wineries around Nelson.

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2. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

My suggestion is to drive to Mistletoe Bay and then walk to Lochmara lodge. Have lunch at lochmara and then walk back. Awesome walk, lochmara is wonderful and so is mistletoe. You can park at the saddle above mistletoe and its about a 1.5 hour walk to lochmara. It is a winding narrow drive of above 20km from the linkwater turnoff to mistletoe. its not a greag drive. But the destination is great.

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3. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

The other option is to drive to Picton and do a cruise, walk option. That would be the most enjoyable and would take the same length of time in the car. Will see so much more of the sounds. I suggest cruise to ship cove, walk to endeavour inlet and get picked up from there. The following website has everything you need to know and more

http://www.qctrack.co.nz/

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4. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

I'd suggest doing some of the short walks in Golden Bay. www.goldenbaynz.co.nz/play/short-walks/

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5. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

Don't drive to Picton unless you want the 4 plus hours in the car.

There is lots to do in the Golden Bay, Abel Tasman and Nelson region. Visit the i-SITE for ideas and maps.

And yes, the weather remains perfect tomorrow and beyond here in sunny Nelson.

Enjoy :)

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6. Re: Nelson to Marlborough Sound OR?

Its less than 2 hour drive from nelson to picton and then head to west coast from picton so you dont need to head back to Nelson. Depends on the rest of your iternary and what else you have seen and done.

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