The Queen Charlotte Track is in the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park an area of beautiful calm magical sounds, secret coves and forested hills, a magic place to visit and explore. The track is well formed and undulating, it can be walked comfortably by most people of average fitness.
Walks on the Queen Charlotte Track of 1, 3, 4 or 5 days are possible with either self-guided or guided options, there are options of accommodation to suit and meals, luggage transport, transfers and track information included.
Below we have described the 4 day walk, this is the ideal amount of time to do the walk comfortably, there are 4 variations essentially they are all the same in terms of walking but with the differences in accommodation, rooms, guided or non-guided and meal inclusions, these are shown for clarity.
There is a 5 day option giving a rest day or a 3 day which has either a long final walking day or missing the end of the track, 4 days is our recommended minimum. A sea kayaking day can also be added or included.
There is also a 4 day Five Star option that is quite different and is based from one luxury lodge location, this also has a 5 day and kayaking option too. Please Click Here for more details.
The nearby wineries of the Marlborough Region make this region a perfect spot to linger for a few days, please Click Here to see a short break including the Queen Charlotte Track with a day wine tour of Marlborough Vineyards.
|Day 0 - Pre tour briefing in Picton|
A pre-tour briefing is held the day prior to departure. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation. If you are unable to reach Picton the day prior let us know.
|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.
Walking: 15km approx 5 hours.
Accommodation & meals
|Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove|
Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Camp Bay 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 to Camp Bay. Mahana Lodge is a further 5 minutes.
Walking: 11.5km approx 4 hours.
Accommodation & meals
|Day 3 – Camp Bay to Portage Bay or Lochmara Bay|
A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Camp Bay & Torea Saddle to Portage Bay. 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*, continue from Torea Saddle down to the Portage Bay. NB. Optional boat trip available to Portage Bay today for non-walkers (additional cost).
* Please Note: Walkers on the Premier walk - At the end of today's walk catch the waiting water taxi to your night's accommodation at Lochmara Lodge. NB. Optional boat trip available to Lochmara Lodge today for non-walkers (additional cost).
Walking: 23km approx 8 hours.
Accommodation & meals
|Day 4 – Portage or Lochmara to Anakiwa|
Farewell 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.
*Please Note: Walkers on the Premier walk - Farewell Lochmara Lodge.
Walking: 20.5km approx 7 hours OR Premier 16km approx 6 hours.
On day 4 it is also possible to do a one day guided sea kayaking day instead of walking
Departs: All year minimum 2 persons.
Please email us to enquire further about this trip.
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