4
days

Fully Guided & Catered Queen Charlotte Track

Over 4 days, you cover a maximum of 71 kilometres of well maintained walking track from Ship Cove to Anakiwa. The track is walked at a comfortable pace and you only carry a light day pack as your luggage is transported on to each accommodation. You will need to have an average to above-average level of fitness and be in good health to enjoy this itinerary. The track covers a variety of gradients with some rough surfaces, hence the need for strong comfortable footwear.

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Itinerary

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PRE DEPARTURE BRIEFING

Your pre departure briefing begins at 5:30pm on the night before your walk begins. This is a chance for you to meet your guide and fellow walkers. Your guide will "walk" you through the next four unforgettable days, on the Queen Charlotte Track.

1
MOTUARA ISLAND - FURNEAUX LODGE

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.

Todays Walk
Ship Cove to Resolution Bay - 4.5km (2.7 Miles) 1.5 Hours Walking - Undulating Tracks
Resolution Bay to Endeavour Inlet - 10km (6.2 Miles) 2.5 Hours Walking - Undulating Tracks

Meals: A packed lunch is supplied today and dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge - 1 night (You will stay in twin share Studio Suites)

2
FURNEAUX LODGE - PUNGA COVE RESORT

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.

Todays Walk
Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove - 12.7km (7.90 Miles) 3 - 4.5 hours Easy well formed Track

Meals: Breakfast, a packed lunch is supplied today and dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine..

Accommodation - Punga Cove - 1 night (twin share chalets)

3
PUNGA COVE - PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL

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.

Todays Walk
Punga Cove to Portage 24.5 km (15 miles) - 8 hours walking - challenging but rewarding

Meals: Breakfast, a packed lunch is supplied today and dinner served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Accommodation - The Portage Resort - Hillside Suites
 

4
RIDGELINE TRACK - PICTON

Your final day on the Queen Charlotte Track. Today you will ascend to a ridge-line 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 our van will collect you for your return to Picton.

Todays Walk
Portage to Picton  20km (13 Miles) - 7 hours walking

Meals: Breakfast and a packed lunch is supplied today.