Our adventure combos are without a doubt the best way to experience the Marlborough Sounds if you only have a few days - with either our 1 Day Kayak & Walk or the 1 Day Kayak & Bike, you can experience all the iconic activities of the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound in just one day!
These unique trips combine the best of sea kayaking with walking or mountain biking on the popular Queen Charlotte Track - all completed at day's end with a boat ride back to Picton. Awesome! NB. The mountain bike combo is the more adventurous option and is suited to people who have done some biking before.
Meet at our office at 8.30am, time for a spot of paperwork and then we depart for our launch point at Ngakuta Bay, just 20 minutes scenic drive from Picton. This trip takes you away from the harbour environs to the truly spectacular western end of the Sound where there is less boat traffic and many beautiful bays and coves to explore as well as wildlife to see.
After a detailed safety briefing, it is time to set off on a great day's adventure. Your combo begins with a guided sea kayak tour in what is truly some of the best paddling in the Marlborough Sounds in the western arm of Queen Charlotte Sound. Within a short time you are exploring the shoreline, spotting rays and sea birds and learning about the lush native bush near the water's edge.
Your kayak tour concludes a few hours later at the small settlement of Anakiwa. Here you can don your tramping boots and pack, get some instruction for the walk ahead and depart on your independent hike of the Queen Charlotte Track from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay. This section of the track passes through some of the nicest bush of the whole 70km walk and is a moderate walk of around 3-4 hours (11km). Views, bush, beautiful beaches - this walk has it all!
At the conclusion of the Queen Charlotte Track, you walk down to Mistletoe Bay in time for collection by a water taxi at 4pm to return to Picton. It's a great way to finish - a thrilling boat ride with fantastic views back towards where you've been. /5pm.
Return time to Picton approx. 4.30pm.
Kayak Route Map
DURATION: 1 day
TOUR TIMES: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Approx Return to Picton time: 4.30pm
Minimum number of persons: 2
$160NZ per person
Single supplement $155NZ
If you are a solo traveller please contact us to check if we have a trip departing as we often have trips going you can join.
We supply double kayaks (singles on request for experienced paddlers only), PFDs (lifejackets), splash jackets, booties, spray decks and dry bags (including for your camera) plus lunch for you to take with you on your ride. Our mountain bikes are quality, 27 speed bikes with front suspension and disc brakes - just the thing for this sort of trail! Kayak guide and water taxi return to Picton also included.