5
days

Guided Queen Charlotte Track

On the 5 day Queen Charlotte Track guided walk, you walk the entire track, but take a rest day on the fourth day at Portage Resort Hotel and enjoy the comfort and style of this recently refurbished resort. You may chose to just sit around the pool, have a massage, rest and relax in the peaceful surroundings of the resort or you may like to take out a sea kayak with your guide for an afternoon paddle.

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Itinerary

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PRE DEPARTURE BRIEFING

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

1
MOTUARA ISLAND - FURNEAUX LODGE
(5-6 hours walking, 14 km)

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.

2
FURNEAUX LODGE - PUNGA COVE RESORT

(4 hours walking, 12.5 km)

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.

3
PUNGA COVE - PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL

(8 hours walking, 24.5 km)

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 Queen Charlotte Track and you 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.

4
REST DAY

Rest day

Today is a day to relax and just enjoy being in the Marlborough Sounds. If you feel like being active you could always go sea kayaking or fishing or just relax with a game of golf or short bush walk.

5
RIDGELINE TRACK - PICTON

(7 hours walking, 20km)

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 Misteltoe 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. Approximate walking time is 6-7 hours.