Queen Charlotte Track Walks
5 Day Upgrade Independent Walk Each Day
Superior ensuite rooms with guaranteed sea views, luggage transfer, track transport and daily lunch with a rest day along the way.Book Now
Would you like to take a little longer to truly enjoy the journey? On this five day upgrade independent walk, we will organise your accommodation in upgrade ensuite rooms, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups. All you need to do is purchase your breakfast and dinner along the way. Each night you come to rest at a comfortable accommodation place – Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove, Portage Hotel and Lochmara Lodge - complete with great food on offer, fine wines and a superb setting.
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.
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. 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.
Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove
Today’s coastal walk 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. From Furneaux Lodge, the track continues through native bush and over a small swing bridge 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 into Big Bay where pristine native beech forest awaits before working your way towards Camp Bay and, five minutes on from there, your accommodation for the evening at Punga Cove Resort.
Day 3 – Punga Cove Resort to The Portage
A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle. Truly grand views abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds from the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout. At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Those who feel like a day’s rest today can opt for a boat ride around the bays’ of the Queen Charlotte Sound. At the end of today's walk continue from Torea Saddle down to the Portage Hotel. NB. Optional boat trip available to The Portage Hotel today for non-walkers (additional cost).
Day 4 – The Portage to Lochmara Lodge
Farewell The Portage and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Your walk this morning takes you over some steep hill sections towards Lochmara Lodge. Be sure to watch for the turnoff to your left and follow the private track down to the lodge.
Day 5 – Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa
Farewell Lochmara Lodge and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. Take time for a photo stop at the picturesque Davies Bay – you won’t want the journey to end. Today you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton, arriving back to Wilderness Guides HQ by approx 4-4.30pm.
Furneaux Lodge Upgrade
Furneaux Lodge comprises the original historic homestead, now home to the restaurant and bar, and ensuite units all set in delightfully picturesque grounds. Furneaux Lodge has an excellent restaurant for dinner and breakfasts. This package stays in upmarket studio suites with private ensuite and views out to the bay.
Punga Cove Upgrade
Nestled amidst the native bush, Punga Cove’s well-appointed individual chalets have views to the bay beyond and are a welcome respite after a day’s walk. The restaurant where you dine for dinner and breakfast has an impressive view from its position high on a promontory over Endeavour Inlet. Your accommodation is the Fern or Frond chalets each with a private balcony and ensuite.
Portage Resort Upgrade
The Portage Hotel is nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds with a wonderful view into Kenepuru Sound. This well-established accommodation place has a reputation for a fine restaurant and features natural timber chalets. This package stays in the Tui ensuite rooms.
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DURATION: 5 days
Total distance: 72 km (45.5 miles)
Minimum number of persons: 2
2023-2024 - $1365NZ per adult (based on twin share)
No child rate
Single Supplement: $675NZ
Day 1 – lunch only
Day 2 – lunch only
Day 3 – lunch only
Day 4 – no meals
Day 5 – lunch only
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