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This package is created for the brave and curious and will tickle your adventurous spirit. We have carefully chosen the best sections to hike, which are suitable for children and adults who want to experience the beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track in a quite unique way.

While you take your time to explore the track, we take care of everything else, from accommodation, luggage transfer, daily lunch and water transfers. All you need to do is purchase your breakfast and dinner along the way. Each expedition day will lead you to your accommodation, the lodges are expecting your arrival and will greet you with a warm welcome.

Standard packages feature simple ensuite-style accommodation, normally without a view of the ocean, while Upgrades will ensure you have a sea view from your more modern ensuite-style unit. Please contact us if you wish to upgrade this package.

Day 0

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

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join 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. There are a lot of things to explore for kids and adults alike. 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. There is a number of activities available for entertaining the kids; ask the staff for torches to explore the glow worm caves at night.

Day 2 – Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Resort

Start your day with a hearty breakfast and a good stretch. Today’s hike takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Resort through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. The track continues 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 as you turn the corner into Big Bay, a wide sweeping bay with a shallow tidal area at its head, the vegetation changes to more lush costal forest with some beautiful tracks of beech forest. Punga ferns are prolific in the damp gullies. Camp Bay, with a pleasant beach nearby, is a popular Department of Conservation camping spot and marks about 5min to your final destination Punga Cove.

Did you know - you can bike this section from March through to November. It also makes a great kayak tour - ask us for options.

Day 3 –2 options:

  • Punga Cove Resort to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay (approx. 8 hours/22.5km)
    It’s a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Punga Cove Resort & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. You will be collected from Torea Bay at 5pm and return to Picton at 5.30pm approx.
  • Take the morning water taxi transfer from Punga Cove Resort to Picton
    The water taxi will come and pick you up at approx. 10.15am (This time table is valid is from October through to April - return time to Picton 12.30) or pickup at 11.30 (This time table is valid all year round - return time to Picton around 12.30-12.45pm). Cruise around the bays and make your way to Picton, arriving there early afternoon.

Furneaux Lodge

Furneaux Lodge offers a range of accommodation depending on your requirements. The waterfront suites used for our Classic guided walk are contemporary one bedroom apartments, and are absolutely private with stunning views. Our standard independent packages stay in the Tobias Junior Suites, each with own ensuite.


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. You'll be accommodated in a modern ensuite unit with stunning views of the bay.


Day Distance Time
1 17 km 6 hrs
2 11.5 km 4 hrs
3 23 km 8 hrs
Add on First Day Guided Walk - $230 per person 
  • For those who want the added value of a local guide who will attend to every need as well as provide full interpretation on the area, this is the perfect way to start your Queen Charlotte Track experience. Your first day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Many beautiful views are to be had across the Marlborough Sounds. Your informative local guide will explain the European and Maori connections of this significant historical area as well as provide detailed information on flora and fauna along the trail and general track advice. You are then well equipped to continue on your way for the remainder of your independent track experience . . .

Walk Map

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Queen Charlotte Track map

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Overview

DURATION: 3 days


Total distance: 51.5 km (33 miles)


Minimum number of persons: 2

Price

Family Package for 4

From $549 per person (minimum of two adults and two children)


Standard Option

$710NZ per adult (based on twin share)

$395NZ per child

Single Supplement: $275NZ

 

Upgrade Option

$830NZ per adult (based on twin share)

$395NZ per child

Single Supplement: $355NZ

 

Minimum age: 8 years (if outdoor experienced, otherwise we recommend 10 years)

Meal Inclusions

Day 1 – lunch only

Day 2 – lunch only

Day 3 – lunch only

Click to view Queen Charlotte Track gradient map

Queen Charlotte Track gradient map

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Freephone (Aus only): 1800 281 827
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