This ride offers the best ridgeline views along the Queen Charlotte Track. It is challenging with a number of short steep hill climbs but the track is wide and not technically demanding. Water taxi from Picton to Torea Bay and return by boat from Camp Bay after an exhilarating ride – one of the best!
Depart on either the 8am (summer only) or 9am water taxi service to Torea Bay. We recommend riding the Queen Charlotte Track in reverse today to give you ample time to enjoy a cold beverage at Punga Cove!
From Torea Bay, ride up a short road section to join the main Queen Charlotte Track. The going is steady upwards to the Black Rock Shelter where you can enjoy views back to Picton. From this point you will be riding mostly along the exposed ridgeline with stunning views – watch out for a glimpse of the ferries.
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. The Bay of Many Coves shelter is a welcome sight to take a break before the final hills and then descent into Punga Cove and Camp Bay.
Your water taxi pick up is 4.15pm at Punga Cove so there is time to toast a fantastic day while you wait. Return to Picton by 5.30pm/6pm.
This section is available to mountain bike throughout the year.
Grade: Intermediate to AdvancedGrade Key
DURATION: 4 hrs
Total distance: 23km
Minimum number of persons: 1
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