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Queen Charlotte Track

4 or 5 Days Marlborough Sounds.

Price from £839 per person

The Queen Charlotte Track is, located at the top of the South Island in the Marlborough Sounds, is justifiably renowned for its stunning coastal views, historical landmarks and the wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife.

The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company's guided walks are an ideal option for those wanting that true walking holiday. The itinerary is designed to give walkers a complete package option with lots of flexibility so that you can include some sea kayaking, fishing or a wine tour during your walking holiday. There are no hidden extra costs incurred during your four or five days. Features of the guided walks include accommodation with en-suite and sea view, all meals (including fine dining each evening with a complimentary glass of wine), daily luggage transfers and complimentary sea kayak options as part of the trip (applies to 5 day walk only).

The group size ranges from 2 to 24 per departure (dependent upon time of the year) and have a guide-to-client ratio of 1 guide to 12 clients. The guides are mature, knowledgeable and fun-loving. They enjoy sharing their passion and knowledge of the Marlborough Sounds with you.

Freedom Walks

Freedom walks are designed for hikers who prefer to walk the Queen Charlotte Track independently. The packages ensure that you can do so with a minimum amount of fuss, and a maximum amount of fun. The itineraries are designed to include all the important features of enjoying the Queen Charlotte Track such as the resort accommodation, daily luggage transfers, a packed lunch daily, as well as your information kit, map and base support.

 

Introduction

Our 4 Day Guided Walk on the Queen Charlotte Track is a true walking holiday. These four days will see you experience the splendour of the whole Queen Charlotte Track - from start to finish. Highlights of the track include breathtaking coastal views and continually changing landscapes as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets. The track will take you through virgin native bush and regenerating farmland, with beautiful native birdsong as background music.

You will have the opportunity to experience extraordinary birdlife encounters, witnessing the endangered South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin in their natural habitat as part of our customised eco-tour of Motuara Island. There'll also be the possibility of seeing dolphins and other marine wildlife along the way.

At the end of a long day, you will enjoy the comfort and hospitality of resort accommodation, in their superior hotel style rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Strategically located along the track, these resorts provide a comfortable bed, delicious meals and a spa pool to relax in. What better way to rest those weary feet.

One of the other wonderful features of this trip is that you don’t have to carry your pack. We can provide you with a light daypack and your luggage will be transported by water transport each day.

Day 1        Approximate walking time is 5 - 6 hours.              Walking Distance: 14kms

Your trip begins with personalised eco-tour with our guides on board a Cougar Line catamaran. During the morning your guide will share their knowledge of the sea birds and marine mammals as you travel to Motuara Island in the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound. Here you may have the opportunity to see the rare South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin who have been re-colonised on to this island sanctuary.

From Motuara Island you will cross the Sound to be dropped off at Ship Cove where you will begin your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Ship Cove is one of the most historic areas in the Sounds as it was one of James Cook's most popular destinations on his many world travels. The area is surrounded by bountiful virgin bush and the walk to the top of the ridge provides spectacular views. As you make your way down into Endeavour Inlet, you will spy Furneaux Lodge, your first night’s accommodation.
You will stay in twin share Studio Suites.
Dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 2          Approximate Walking time is 4 hours             Walking distance: 12.5kms

After a leisurely breakfast at Furneaux Lodge you may like to take a walk up to the waterfall and see the magnificent stands of virgin native bush. Re-join the track as it winds its way around the coastline to the other side of Endeavour Inlet. Prolific birdsong dominate the day as you walk through some regenerating and virgin native bush.
Your accommodation this evening is at Punga Cove Resort in twin share chalets.
Dinner is served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 3           Approximate walking time is 8 hours.             Walking distance: 24.5kms

Today you walk from Punga Cove to the Portage Resort Hotel along the ridge between Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sound. Spectacular views dominate the day as you negotiate the very undulating ridge between the two sounds. This section is considered the most difficult on the track and clients do need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this walk.
There is the option to take water transport from Punga Cove to The Portage Resort Hotel for those who require a rest! Upon your arrival at the Portage Resort Hotel, you can rest and relax in the spa and enjoy the view overlooking the Keneperu Sound.
You will be staying in twin share Hillside suites, and dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 4          Approximate walking time is 7 hours.          Walking distance: 20kms

Your final day on the Queen Charlotte Track, today you will ascend to a ridgeline track providing wonderful vistas of the Sounds as you walk along. After Mistletoe Bay, the track sidles along the hill and drops down into Davies Bay before the last half hour through mature beech forest ending at Anakiwa where your water transport will collect you for your return to Picton.
Arriving in Picton at around 4.30pm, you can enjoy a farewell get together at our base, with a relaxing drink and reminisce over the magic of the last four days.

Introduction

Stretching from Ship Cove to Anakiwa, this 71km walk will wrap you in the mystical beauty that is the Marlborough Sounds, and totally absorb you for five magical days.

Our 5 Day Guided Walk is the complete package, four days of walking, and one to rest and relax - or to enjoy a day's sea kayaking or other activities at our Adventure Centre (in the summer season only). This is an all-inclusive trip and the ultimate walking holiday.

The Queen Charlotte Track (in the Marlborough Sounds) is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. It is unique for its stunning coastal views, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife. This walk is as much about a walking holiday as it is an environmental, cultural and lifestyle experience.

Our trip provides you with a unique opportunity to sample all of the aspects mentioned above, in comfort and with a great group of people.

You will have a chance to see dolphins and witness the endangered South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin in their natural habitat. Live it up at Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove Resort and The Portage Hotel. Take in the breathtaking views as you climb the ridges and travel down to the shorelines of the many coves and inlets. Enjoy some of the beautiful bays, coves and inlets by sea kayak, and (arguably) the best part of all – you don’t have to carry your pack. We can provide you with a light daypack and your luggage will be transported by water transport each day.

Day 1            Approximate walking time is 5 - 6 hours.

Your trip begins with personalised eco-tour with our guides on board a Cougar Line catamaran. During the morning your guide will share their knowledge of the sea birds and marine mammals as you travel to Motuara Island in the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound. Here you may have the opportunity to see the rare South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin who have been re-colonised on to this island sanctuary.
From Motuara Island you will cross the Sound to be dropped off at Ship Cove where you will begin your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Ship Cove is one of the most historic areas in the Sounds as it was one of James Cook's most popular destinations on his many world travels. The area is surrounded by bountiful virgin bush and the walk to the top of the ridge provides spectacular views.
As you make your way down into Endeavour Inlet, you will spy Furneaux Lodge, your first night’s accommodation. You will stay in twin share Studio Suites.
Dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 2            Approximate walking time is 4 hours

After a leisurely breakfast at Furneaux Lodge you may like to take a walk up to the waterfall and see the magnificent stands of virgin native bush. Re join the track as it winds its way around the coastline to the other side of Endeavour Inlet. Prolific birdsong dominate the day as you walk through some regenerating and virgin native bush.
Your accommodation this evening is at Punga Cove Resort in twin share chalets.
Dinner is served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 3            Approximate walking time is 8 hours.

Today you walk from Punga Cove to the Portage Resort Hotel along the ridge between Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sound. Spectacular views dominate the day as you negotiate the very undulating ridge between the two sounds.
This section is considered the most difficult on the track and clients do need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this walk.
There is the option to take water transport from Punga Cove to The Portage Resort Hotel for those who require a rest!
Upon your arrival at the Portage Resort Hotel, you can rest and relax in the spa and enjoy the view overlooking the Keneperu Sound.
You will be staying in twin share Hillside suites, and dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Day 4               Free Day

Today you can sleep in, rest, relax and enjoy the leisure activities around the Portage Hotel. If you feel like a little more activity you may like to go fishing, play golf on the local rural golf course (a unique experience!) or go sea kayaking for the day with your guide.
Join this intimate paddling experience in the Kenepuru Sound, the smallest of the three sounds. As you paddle from the Portage Bay you may visit a mussel farm, paddle past a shipwreck from a bygone era, or experience a chance encounter with dolphins. You will have time to stop on a tranquil beach where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch, go for a swim or a short bush walk, before paddling back to the Portage bay foreshore.
No experience is necessary to enjoy this trip and your guide will ensure that you have a fun, safe sea kayaking experience.

Day 5        Approximate walking time is 7 hours.

Your final day on the Queen Charlotte Track.
Today you will ascend to a ridgeline track which provides wonderful vistas of the Sounds as you walk along. After Mistletoe Bay, the track sidles along the hill and drops down into Davies Bay before the last half hour through mature beech forest ending at Anakiwa where your water transport will collect you for your return to Picton.