Queen Charlotte Track - 3 Day Independent Walk - Standard accommodation

Like the idea of having everything arranged for you but you’d prefer to walk independently? On this custom 3 day standard independent walk, we will organise your accommodation in comfortable standard ensuite rooms, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups for walking the Queen Charlotte Track. All you need to do is purchase your breakfast and dinner along the way. Each night you come to rest at a comfortable accommodation place – Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove.

Day 0 - A pre-tour briefing is held the day prior to departure. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation.

Day 1 – Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic and historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s as well as being a site of significance for local Maori. Bush is mainly a mixture of stunning podocarp and beech forest with punga ferns and other New Zealand native foliage. This day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Your walk concludes at the historic Furneaux Lodge.

Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From Furneaux Lodge, the track continues through native bush and over a small swing bridge to the head of Endeavour Inlet. Pause there to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay where pristine native beech forest awaits before working your way towards Camp Bay and, five minutes on from there, your accommodation for the evening at Punga Cove.

Day 3 – Two Options:
 Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay (approx. 8 hours/23 km) It is a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. You will be collected from Torea Bay at 5pm and return to Picton at approx. 5.30pm

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 Take the morning water taxi transfer from Punga Cove to Picton Enjoy a leisurely morning then cruise around the bays and make your way to Picton. The water taxi will come and pick you up at approx. 10.15am (this timetable is valid from October through to April - return time to Picton 12.30) or pickup at 11.30 (this timetable is valid all year round - return time to Picton around 12.30-12.45pm).

Walking times and distances:

Day Distance Time
1 14 km 5 hrs
2 11.7 km 4 hrs
3 23.6 km 8 hrs or cruise