Spring Special Package
3 Day Custom Independent Walk Package
Mahana Lodge and Portage Resort
$515NZ per person.
- Only for travel between 1st October 2020 and 30 November 2020; subject to accommodation availability
- 2 nights standard double/twin private ensuite accommodation (Studio at Mahana Lodge and Korimako at Portage Resort)
- Water transport to and from track with Beachcomber Cruises
- Extra transfer Furneaux Lodge Jetty to Mahana Lodge
- Luggage transfers with Beachcomber Cruises
- Packed lunch each walking day
- Pick up and drop off from/to your Picton accommodation to the water taxi departure point
- Pre-trip briefing at the Wilderness Guides Picton waterfront office
- Information pack incl. track guide and map
- Single supplement – additional $195NZ.
- No child rates.
- Full payment due when walk is confirmed
- Non-refundable if cancelled
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, transfer from there across to Mahana Lodge, your accommodation for this evening.
A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Mahana Lodge & Torea Saddle to the Portage Hotel. 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 Portage Hotel today for non-walkers (additional cost).
Farewell Portage Hotel 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 late afternoon.