Queen Charlotte Track - 5 Day Deluxe Independent Walk

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 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 well-appointed Furneaux Lodge in a lovely suite with sea views.

Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Mahana Lodge

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge 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 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 – Rest Day at Raetihi Lodge

Today is your chance to rejuvenate and relax at Raetihi Lodge. Take a kayak out or perhaps you prefer rest and relaxation enjoying a luxurious massage at the lodge or playing 9 holes at the nearby rural golf course. You can do as much or as little as you like, the choice is yours. Lunch is not included today unless on an organised tour that has been pre-arranged.

Day 5 – Raetihi Lodge to Anakiwa

Depart Raetihi Lodge, returning to the main Queen Charlotte Track via either Torea Bay (long option) or Te Mahia Bay (short option). 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 15 km 5 hrs
2 11.5 km 4 hrs
3 23 km 8 hrs
4 Rest day Rest day
5 20.5 7 hours