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If you are passing through Picton or Marlborough, this one day guided walk is an excellent outing into the Marlborough Sounds. For those that want the added value of having everything provided as well as the chance to learn about the history and wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds with one of our passionate and knowledgeable local guides, this is the perfect one day experience of the Queen Charlotte Track.

We collect you from your Picton accommodation this morning. Meet your Wilderness Guide and board the water taxi, journeying from Picton to Ship Cove through the beautiful bays and coves of Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove (approx. one hour). This fascinating and remote historic and scenic reserve was visited by Captain Cook several times in the 1770s as well as being a significant historical site of early Maori occupation.

Your guided walk along the Queen Charlotte Track begins at Ship Cove and ends at Endeavour Inlet. 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.

Many beautiful views are to be had across the Queen Charlotte Sound. Your informative local guide will talk about the European and Maori history of the area as well as provide detailed information on the birds and plants you encounter along the way.

We will supply a freshly packed lunch and you can enjoy a cup of plunger coffee or tea along the trail while taking in the views of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

At the end of the walk, take the opportunity to purchase a cold drink or warm beverage at the historic Furneaux Lodge while you await collection by water taxi. A great way to toast a fantastic day out walking the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.

Return to Picton late afternoon.

Day Distance Time
1 17 km (11.3 miles) 6 hrs

Walk Map

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Queen Charlotte Track map

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DURATION: 1 day (7.30am to 5.30pm)

Total distance: 17 kms (11.3 miles)

Minimum number of persons: 2


2021-2022 - $365NZ per person

2022-2023 - $395NZ per adult; $185NZ per child; single supplement $395NZ

NB. Child rate is based on travelling with two full fare-paying adults.

Minimum 2 persons. Please contact us if you are travelling on your own as you may be able to join with a small group.

Group rates available on request. 

Departs daily; on demand.

Meal Inclusions

Lunch only

Click to view Queen Charlotte Track gradient map

Queen Charlotte Track gradient map

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