We often get visitors to the Sounds asking how they can best experience all three of the Marlborough Sounds most popular activities - hiking and mountain biking the Queen Charlotte Track as well as sea kayaking - over a few days. Our 3 Day Hike/Bike/Kayak Combo takes the best sections of the Queen Charlotte Track to hike and mountain bike and rolls these together with a one day independent kayak rental to provide an affordable, fantastic package to 'do it all' in the Marlborough Sounds.
Please note: A pre-tour briefing is held on the day of your departure at the Wilderness Guides office. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation.
Day 1 – Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet/water taxi to Punga Cove
Make your way to Wilderness Guides HQ on the waterfront and after an extensive briefing, depart on 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 where you catch a water taxi across Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove.
Day 2 - Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay
Mountain bikes are delivered this morning by water taxi for your ride from Camp Bay to Portage Bay.
Ascend to the main Queen Charlotte Track. Today you will be riding mostly along the exposed ridgeline with stunning views over both Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Bay of Many Coves is a welcome stop to enjoy the vistas. NB. You also have an easier option to ride the scenic Kenepuru Road.
The track is wide but is steep in places so watch for drop offs and rocky areas. There is a lot of undulation with many short steep hill climbs to challenge you. Take a break at Black Rock Shelter before the final hills and then descend to Torea Saddle and down the road to Portage Bay, your destination for today.
Day 3 – Torea Bay to Picton/Ngakuta Bay
Your kayak is delivered to Torea Bay this morning (near Portage) for your independent kayak around the picturesque bays and coves of Queen Charlotte Sound concluding to either Ngakuta Bay or Picton Harbour (weather dependent).
There are numerous bays and coves to explore along the way and lunch can be had at a secluded beach of your choice. Be on the look-out for dolphins and little blue penguins as well as New Zealand fur seals on the points you pass.
A wonderful way to finish three days of adventure!
NB. No meals are included in camping and backpacker package, but can be arranged at the various lodges along the track.
The ensuite style packages includes a packed lunch each day. Breakfast and dinner can be arranged at the various lodges along the track.
Kayak Route Map
DURATION: 3 days
TOUR TIMES: Meet 7.30am at Wild Guides HQ on Day 1; return 4pm to Wild Guides HQ on Day 3
Minimum number of persons: 2
$399NZ per person (camping)
$460NZ per person (backpacker)
$750NZ per person (standard ensuite-style)
$850NZ per person (upgrade ensuite-style)
Single Supplement: $235NZ per person (applicable for standard ensuite-style package) and $305NZ per person (applicable for upgrade ensuite-style package)
- 2 nights’ accommodation
- Mountain bike hire including helmet, pump and repair kit
- Kayak hire - we supply you with buoyancy aids, spray decks, paddle jackets, paddles, dry bags for your gear (including small camera dry bags) and extensive safety equipment including flares, pumps and spare paddle.
- Water transport to the track
- Packed lunches (for standard and upgrade ensuite-style packages only)
- Luggage transfers
- Information pack incl. track guide and map
- QCTLC Private Land Access Pass
- Minimum two persons; packages can be arranged for singles.