3
days

Cycle the Queen Charlotte Track (Guided)

One of the biggest bonuses for bikers is the capacity for water transport operators to transfer packs by boat to your destination each day. The track has been purpose-built to cater to mountain bikers and walkers.  However it is a single track which, in New Zealand terms, indicates that the terrain can be rough in places (with rocks, tree roots, steps and so on) ... but what a beautiful ride!

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Itinerary

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RESOLUTION BAY TO PUNGA COVE RESORT (3.5-4 HOUR RIDE - 26.5KM)

Your journey begins with a 1 hour boat ride to Resolution Bay. (Although the track officially starts at Ship Cove the ride out of Ship Cove is quite steep and therefore we recommend that you start at Resolution Bay). You have a long but moderate climb out of Resolution Bay to Tawa Saddle and slow downhill to Furneaux Lodge. Rewarding ride around the head of Endeavour Inlet with some technical sections caused by tree roots and drop offs around Camp Bay.

 

Accommodation Punga Cove Resort - 1 night

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PUNGA COVE RESORT TO PORTAGE RESORT (3.5 TO 4 HOUR RIDE - 23.6KM)

Climbing away steeply from Punga Cove the sweeping views begin to appear as you bike along the ridge between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sound. The track is very undulating and therefore can be challenging for some people. The track is wide but quite steep in places. Watch for drop offs and rocky areas. You can ride the road on this day if you prefer.

Accommodation Portage Resort - 1 night

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PORTAGE RESORT TO ANAKIWA (3.25 TO 4 HOURS - 20.7KM)

Portage to Waterfall Bay – begins with long steep climb, lots of pushing, switch backs on descent. Some may prefer to take the road for this section. Waterfall Bay to Anakiwa – narrow undulating track at first, wider and more moderate mid section, then long descent into Anakiwa. Riding down to sea level you will come upon some particularly beautiful virgin native bush which leaves you with a lasting impression of what must have been before man arrived. The harbour of Anakiwa comes into view and so too does the end of the Queen Charlotte Track.

Your water transport collects you and, as you travel back to Picton, you can relax and reminisce on the magic of the last three days.