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Queen Charlotte Track in Comfort

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  • Walk the Queen Charlotte Track, staying in tranquil lodges and a luxury B&B
  • Picton, a picturesque harbour town and gateway to this classic track
  • Delicious dinners made of fresh local produce and with extensive wine lists
  • Bays, inlets, islands and peninsulas rising from turquoise waters
  • Ship Cove, favourite anchorage of Captain Cook in the 1770’s

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s classic coastal trails, whilst staying in stunningly located premier lodges.

Ship Cove, where the trail begins, was Captain Cook’s favourite place to anchor in the 1770’s and according to Maori legend these landscapes are the prows of sunken canoes belonging to Aoraki, their sacred ancestor. Steeped in both Maori and European history it meanders over skyline ridges with constant views of the Marlborough Sounds. Lush forested hills rise steeply from the sea with sheltered coves and sandy bays never far away.

Pause for a dip in the turquoise waters and enjoy the superb local food and Marlborough wine, which this area is famous for.

What To Expect

By night, stay in highly rated accommodations along the trail all in exquisite locations, and during the day, walk along ridgelines with unsurpassed views of lush green wilderness. You can also try the famous wines of this region and enjoy creative cuisine with local fresh ingredients. This moderately rated tour immerses you in the stunning coastal landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds, located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Special Occasions

Grade & Terrain

Most sections of the track are wide and any major streams have been bridged. There is one swing bridge located at Endeavour Inlet but it is wide and sturdy. This tour is rated moderate and enjoyment of any walk is better if you have a reasonable degree of fitness – that does not mean you need to be a marathon runner! If you are active 2 or 3 times a week (walking, golfing, running, gym) then this is an excellent base for doing a multi-day walk like the Queen Charlotte Track. In the lead up to the trip, try to do at least one long walk (up to 8 hours) and also some hill walking as the Queen Charlotte Track does have some steeper sections. Keep in mind the longest day also has an optional boat ride for those who want a day of rest.

Navigation

This track is well signposted and marked. We also provide a track guide and GPX tracks are accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone if you wish.

Accommodation Information

On this Queen Charlotte Track in Comfort tour you will stay 3 nights in top-rated lodges on the track and 2 nights in a luxury B&B in Picton.  This tour’s accommodation is the best these areas have to offer and is extremely comfortable and tranquil. Whilst on the track all the lodges have stunning locations.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We welcome solo walkers on the Queen Charlotte Track, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and there is also a solo supplement payable.

Meals

5 Breakfasts are included, all continental style. Also included are 4 packed lunches whilst hiking on the track. 3 Dinners are included, at Furneaux Lodge, Mahana Lodge and Raehiti Lodge all of which serve fresh local produce, are renowned for their culinary creativity and have extensive wine lists.It will be a 3-course meal and a set menu.

Included
  • 3 Nights in top-rated lodges on the track and 2 Nights in a luxury B&B in Picton
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Water taxi to the start of the track and from the end of the track
  • 3 Dinners
  • Transfers from your Picton accommodation to and from the water taxi the morning of your departure and vice versa
  • 4 Packed lunches (on Days 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  • Pre-trip briefing from local hosts
  • Track Guide and Information Pack
  • Access to the Macs Smartphone App with GPS Tracks
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Picton
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Lunch
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal necessities
  • Rental Car (Should you choose to rent one)
  • ETA & IVL requests (mandatory as per 1 Oct 2019)
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Rental Car

When To Go

The Queen Charlotte Track is very popular and therefore you will have to book quite far in advance in order to be successful for us to confirm the dates you request, especially if you wish to travel in the height of the season which is February and March. You can take this tour anywhere between September and May.  To avoid disappointment please try to plan your trip well in advance ( at least 6-9 months), if possible.

Why not try one of our alternate walks in New Zealand too, such as the Routeburn, Kepler, Abel Tasman, Milford or Kaikoura Coast Track?

The best time of year to walk the Queen Charlotte Track is between September and May, during the spring, summer and Autumn/fall months. The weather will be more settled during these times of year, although it can be unpredictable at any time of year.

Getting to the Start

You can fly into and out of Wellington International Airport and then after this you can take a short flight of 25 minutes (on Soundsair) to Picton Airport. From Picton Airport you can take a bus or taxi to the town centre. Or you can take the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.  The easiest way to get to the ferry from the airport is to take a taxi, but there are also local buses.

The easiest way to get to the ferry from the airport is to take a taxi, but there are also local buses. If you are renting a car, it is best to pick up a car in Picton after the walk as the the ferry with the car is quite expensive. We offer car rental so you will have to check with your Destination & Adventure Specialist about the details on this.

You may have also been using a rental car to get around before the start of your Queen Charlotte track, if this is the case you can simply follow the directions on the accommodation list to the first place you are staying in Picton.

It is also possible to fly into either Christchurch or Auckland Airports and then take short flights to Marlborough Airport in Blenheim. From this airport you can take a taxi to Picton for around 20NZD and the journey takes about 20-25 mins.

* Please be aware that when booking flights from the UK to New Zealand you will arrive 2 days after you set off and on return you will arrive 1 day after you set off. So, for example, if you leave on a Tuesday you will arrive on a Thursday and on return if you leave on a Saturday you will arrive home on the Sunday. This is obviously because of the time it takes to get there but also because you are travelling back and forth across the International Date Line. Similar principles apply when travelling from other places in Europe and from the USA and Canada. Please make sure that when you book you take this into consideration so that you are arriving on the correct day that the tour begins.

Getting from the End

When leaving Picton you can do the same things in reverse.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Car Rental

If you wish to rent a car please contact your Destination and Adventure Specialist.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Picton and overnight Day 2 Transfer by bus and water taxi to Ship Cove. Walk to North Eastern Side, Endeavour Inlet 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 3 Walk to South Eastern Side, Endeavour Inlet/Punga Cove 8 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk to Portage Bay, transfer to Lochmara 15 miles / 23 km Day 5 Walk to Anakiwa, Take water taxi back to Picton. 13 miles / 20.5 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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