5 Day Guided Queen Charlotte Hiking Itinerary

Views over the Marlborough Sounds Queen Charlotte Track.

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.


Motuara Island - Ships Cove - Furneaux Lodge

Your trip begins with personalised eco-tour with our guides on board a 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  (Studio Suites)

Queen Charlotte Track

Nestled at the foot of Mount Furneaux in the outer reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound, this unique boutique venue is  set on 3 acres of flat land, surrounded by 2000 acres of virgin forest. This magnificent Marlborough Sounds accommodation is an exclusive bush retreat and eco resort, steeped in history. 



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.

Dinner: Served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

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

Day 2 queen Charlotte Track

Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, this resort is the perfect retreat offering a range of accommodation styles to suit any budget. Explore the turquoise waters in our sea kayaks or visit nearby islands and cruise the sounds in search of playful Dusky Dolphins. The fully licensed restaurant situated to give breathtaking views of the entire Endeavour Inlet. 

punga Grove Marlborough Sounds


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 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.

Dinner: Will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.

Accommodation: The Portage Resort (Hillside Suites) 2 Nights

Views over the nany islands that make up the Sounds.

The Portage Resort Hotel is a contemporary, relaxing New Zealand resort and has been greeting guests to the Marlborough Sounds for over 100 years. The Resort  has rooms with spectacular views across gardens and the wide quiet bay of Kenepuru Sound. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and indoor spa, quality dining in Te Weka Restaurant.

The Portage Resort - Marlborough Sounds


A Day of Leisure

The Portage is an ideal place to base yourself to discover the Sounds. We have made it easy for you to explore the local area, relax at the resort, hike the Queen Charlotte Track or cruise the local waterways. Relax and soak up the atmosphere, relax in one of our comfortable lounges, on the deck or by the pool. Discover the native birds and flowers in the garden or wander further afield to discover a local beach. Local walks can be 20 minutes or up to half a day. 

In the foyer and Retro Lounge Bar there is a wonderful display of art by award winning New Zealand artists. Opposite the Snapper Bar is our outdoor swimming pool for the mums and kids to enjoy, loungers around the pool ensure you relax and snooze in the warmer days. Discover other local beauty spots around us by mountain bike or by a water taxi ride around Kenepuru Sound including collecting fresh green-lip mussels for your evening meal at the Hotel.

Kayaking the Marlborough Sounds.


Ridgeline Track - Picton

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. 

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

Meals: A Packed lunch Supplied Today 



5 Day Guided Queen Charlotte Track

Your Queen Charlotte Guided Walk includes transfers; 4 nights track accommodation in 4 Star Lodges; breakfasts, lunches and dinners; snacks; and a professional guide.

Our all-inclusive package offers:

  • Pre-trip information
  • Customised eco-tour experience
  • Cheerful, informative guiding
  • Wholesome, high-quality food, and a glass of wine with your evening meal (other alcohol can be paid for directly to the accommodation house)
  • Superior twin-share accommodation with sea views
    (Studio chalet at Furneaux Lodge, Upgrade studio unit at Punga Cove Resort and Hillside Suite at Portage Resort Hotel)
  • Water transport to and from the track, and transfer of luggage each day
  • Supply of a light day pack & walking pole while on the trip
  • Personalised eco-tour with our guides. 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
  • Your Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass

How fit do you have to be to walk the track? The track is regarded as a “long” track not a “steep” track. Therefore distances each day, particularly on the third and fourth day are long, but if you are moderately fit you should be able to achieve this walk. We do recommend that to enjoy the trip you are of at least average fitness. Fitness levels vary amongst every individual, therefore we suggest that – as a guideline – if you are walking for at least an hour (maybe two) more than four times a week, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy this trip.

Do we have to carry a big pack? No. It doesn’t matter if you are freedom or guided walking, you only ever have to carry a light day pack because your luggage is transferred each day by water taxi.

Other options available: We have Standard, Freedom Walk (unguided), Boutique, and 5 Star Queen Charlotte Track options available. These tours can be either 4 or 5 days - Please enquire for further details. 

What Jo says about this tour: A great option for those wanting an expert guide to explain the history, flora and fauna of this picturesque coastal walk. Comfort is key as you have your gear transported and you stay in high quality lodges, with hearty meals. There are plenty of opportunities to get up close to sea life and even try a sea kayak.
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Pricing terms

The price is based on current exchange rates but is only an approximation. Please contact us for a final price