With our five day guided walk, you have the bonus of a day's rest where you can put your feet up, read a book or join us for a guided sea kayak tour. After an exhilarating hike each day, come to rest at iconic lodges – Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove and either Portage Hotel or Lochmara Lodge - each complete with a restaurant, comfortable accommodation and superb setting. You will be part of a small walking group and enjoy great food and wine, discerning service and the knowledge of our local guides. Your track experience is made all the more easy by the Queen Charlotte Track’s unique water taxi pack transfer system leaving you to walk with just a day pack. This trip offers a great chance to stay longer and savour!
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 via Motuara Island
We collect you from your accommodation in Picton this morning, introduce you to your Wilderness Guide and then depart on the boat trip to Motuara Island for a tour en route to Ship Cove. Learn about the fascinating marine life of this area along the way and, if we are lucky, see dolphins as well! Enjoy a short walk on Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary to the lookout – this affords spectacular 360 degree views of the Marlborough Sounds – and encounter many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species including the South Island Saddleback (Tieke).
Arrive late morning at Ship Cove to begin the Queen Charlotte Track. 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. NB. The visit to Motuara Island is weather dependent – as there are no toilets or shelter on the island.
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 for the day. We can arrange guided sea kayaking if you would like to see the Marlborough Sounds from a different perspective today – or simply put your feet up and read a book. 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.
Furneaux Lodge offers a range of accommodation depending on your requirements. Our recently built waterfront suites are contemporary one bedroom apartments, and are absolutely private with stunning views. The self-contained two bedroom chalets have panoramic views and are great for family groups and people hiking the Queen Charlotte Track.
Punga Cove Resort
Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.
The Portage Hotel is nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds with a wonderful view into Kenepuru Sound. This well-established accommodation place has a reputation for a fine restaurant and features natural timber chalets. This package includes accommodation in Hillside ensuite-style units.
Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Lochmara Lodge features quality accommodation as well as aviaries and enclosures with endangered species, an organic vegetable garden and orchard, educational signage, sculpture trail and art gallery. Our guided walks stays in the Bellbird, Kotuku and Fantail units all with en suite and water views.
|1||14 km||5 hrs|
|2||11.7 km||4 hrs|
|4||Rest Day||Rest Day|
|5||20.5 km||5 ½ hours (Lochmara) 7 hours (Portage)|
|Month||2017-2018 - 5 Day Walk|
|October 2017||3, 10, 17, 24, 31|
|November 2017||7, 14, 21, 28|
|December 2017||5, 12, 19, 27 (Wednesday)|
|January 2018||2, 9, 16, 23, 30|
|February 2018||6, 13, 20, 27|
|March 2018||6, 13, 20, 27|
|April 2018||3, 13 (Friday), 17, 24|
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DURATION: 5 days
Total distance: 71 km
Minimum number of persons: 2
$2360NZ per adult (based on twin share)
$1250NZ per child (based on sharing with two adults)
Single Supplement: $575NZ
Day 1 – lunch/dinner
Day 2 – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Day 3 – breakfast/lunch/dinner
Day 4 – breakfast/dinner
Day 5 – breakfast/lunch
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