Queen Charlotte Track - 5 Day Independent Walk - Standard accommodation

Would you like to take a little longer to truly enjoy the journey? On this five day standard independent walk, we will organise your accommodation in comfortable standard ensuite rooms, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups and you can spend an extra night at either Portage Hotel or Lochmara Lodge to enjoy a day of well-deserved rest and relaxation. 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, Punga Cove and with two nights at either Portage Hotel or Lochmara Lodge - complete with restaurant, fine wines and a superb setting.

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 – Punga Cove to Portage Hotel/Lochmara Lodge

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. At the end of today's walk catch the waiting water taxi to your night's accommodation at Lochmara Lodge or walk from Torea Saddle down to the Portage Hotel. NB. Optional boat trip available to Portage Hotel or Lochmara Lodge today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Day 4 – Rest Day

Today is your chance to rejuvenate and relax. We can arrange guided sea kayaking tours for those interested. Lunch is not included today unless on an organised tour that has been pre-arranged.

Day 5 – Lochmara Lodge/Portage Hotel to Anakiwa

Farewell Lochmara Lodge or Portage Hotel and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound. 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.

OPTION: 5 Day Upgrade Independent Walk - Superior ensuite rooms with guaranteed sea views

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 Rest Day Rest Day
5 20.5 km 5 ˝ hours (Lochmara) 7 hours (Portage