Queen Charlotte Track - 5 Day Independent Walk - Boutique accommodation

Stay a while and experience the best of the boutique accommodation of the Queen Charlotte Track. This five day independent walk combines all the best boutique lodge accommodation available in the Marlborough Sounds within access to the Queen Charlotte Track combined with luggage transfers, meals including daily packed lunch and Picton drop off/pickups. Perfect if you want to take your time to complete the track and to stay predominantly in smaller properties with an emphasis on luxury, personal service, local delicacies and conservation.

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 No Road Inn, 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 well-appointed luxury lodge, the No Road Inn.

Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Mahana Lodge

Today’s coastal walk takes you from the No Road Inn to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From No Road Inn, 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 and 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 Punga Cove. The delightful Mahana Lodge is a five minute walk past Punga Cove.

Day 3 – Mahana Lodge to Portage Bay/Raetihi Lodge

You won’t want to leave but today we depart Mahana Lodge and return to the ridgeline to continue our hike along the Queen Charlotte Track. A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle. Truly grand views abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds from the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout. At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Those who feel like a day’s rest today can opt for a boat ride around the bays’ of the Queen Charlotte Sound and transfer across Kenepuru Sound to Raetihi Lodge. We conclude our walk at Portage Bay and transfer by waiting water taxi to our accommodation at the beautiful Raetihi Lodge. NB. Optional boat trip today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Day 4 – Portage Bay/Raetihi Lodge to Lochmara Lodge

Farewell Raetihi Lodge, board the water taxi and transfer across the bay to Portage. Ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound. Take the well-formed side track, off the main Queen Charlotte Track, to bring you to your destination for today, Lochmara Lodge.

Day 5 – Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa

Depart Lochmara Lodge, returning to the main Queen Charlotte Track via the side track by which you arrive at Lochmara the day prior. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. Take time for a photo stop at the picturesque Davies Bay – you won’t want the journey to end. Today you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton, arriving back to Wilderness Guides HQ by late afternoon.

Walking times and distances:

Day Distance Time
1 14 km 5 hrs
2 11.7 km 4 hrs
3 23.6 km 8 hrs
4 TBC 4 hrs
5 TBC 5 ˝ hours