OVERVIEW

The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand’s best coastal walks, with stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepura Sound.  Hike under the gorgeous native forest canopy, soaking up the scenic outlooks.

The Marlborough area has a well-deserved gourmet reputation, and quality accommodations, both of which make for a fabulous and memorable supported walking experience. The accommodations on the track are located right on the water so even when you’re relaxing in the evening you feel as though you are still on the walk.  And if you love wine, why not add a day at the end of the walk to explore the wineries?

Highlights

  • Explore where Captain Cook landed, and the Cook memorial
  • Experience the magic of walking through thick native forest and lush coastal vegetation
  • Wander by the ponga ferns in deep gullies
  • Enjoy the sound of the forest and surrounds of the spectacular Furneaux Lodge
  • Eatwell lookout, with 360 degree views over Endeavour Inlet and the Bay of Many Covers
  • Stay in very comfortable water-side accommodation where you never leave the track

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1845

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 620

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ARRIVE AT PICTON

The trip starts in Picton in the Marlborough area, we also pick up in Blenheim. Relax in comfort at your accommodation at the marina or take a walk around the foreshore. If you are contemplating walking Abel Tasman then we provide all transfers from the Abel Tasman Track or to and from Nelson (or nearby).

Walking: At your own leisure
Meals: None
Accommodation: Picton in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet

Be transferred by water to your drop-off point at Ship Cove at the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. Explore the location where Captain Cook landed 5 times and met with the South Island Maoris and the Cook memorial that celebrates these voyages. Within minutes of beginning the walk, we are walking through an old-growth forest. There’s a 1000-year-old Rimu tree to admire and there’s plenty of time to enjoy the lookouts and the views over Queen Charlotte Sound. We walk via Schoolhouse and Resolution Bays on our way to Endeavour Inlet and your stunning accommodation. Each day we walk in and out of your fabulous accommodation with your luggage seamlessly transported ahead which you’ll find waiting in your room.

Walking: Moderate / 17.2 km / 4.5 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +717m / -751m / max height 257m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and dinner at the accommodation
Accommodation: Furneaux Lodge in an ensuite room

DAY 3
Endeavour Inlet to Southside Endeavour Inlet just past Big Bay

This is the easiest of all the days but no less rewarding. With time up your sleeve, you can wake late and enjoy the sound of the forest and the surrounds of the spectacular Furneaux Lodge. Wander to the back of the lodge and explore the forest complete with a plethora of Rimu trees. The track today skirts around Endeavour Inlet with views of the inlet virtually the whole way. Thick native forest, lush coastal vegetation and Ponga ferns set into deep gullies make the walk worth every step, particularly as tonight’s accommodation is just as good as the previous nights.

Walking: Easy / 12 km / 3 – 4 hrs
Elevation: +501m / – 470m / Max Height 76m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and dinner at the accommodation
Accommodation: Either Punga Cove or Mahana in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
Big Bay, Endeavour Inlet to Cowshed or Torea Bay

This is the big day and our final walk,  prepare for some steep sections however the track is smooth and well graded making today is easily doable. Be prepared to be awestruck by the recurring views over Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you skirt across the escarpment. Whoever designed this track was a walker, because the track takes full advantage of the landscape’s scenic appeal. From time to time there are sections thick with beech and tree ferns, creating a welcoming cocoon-like experience. The highlight of this day is the consistency of gorgeous scenery this track has to offer. Of special note, however, is Eatwell lookout and its’ 360-degree views over Endeavour Inlet and the Bay of Many Coves.  Be picked up by water taxi from Torea Bay and taken back to Picton.  If you wish to get away tonight let us know and we will reimburse you for the last night’s accommodation.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23.5 km / 7.5 – 9 hrs
Elevation: + 1199m / -1216m / Max height 469m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation:  Picton Yacht Club in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
PICTON AND ONWARD JOURNEY

A relaxed morning may include a further explore of Picton or the Marlborough wine-growing region.  From Blenheim, it is possible to do a tour of the wineries whilst you are here.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort.
  • 4 nights accommodation, in beautiful lodge accommodations on the track
  • Walk the track from Ship Cove to Torea Bay, all transfers on and off the track
  • A la carte meals including 2-course dinners when on the track
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 walkers lunches
  • We look after you before and after the walk
  • Comprehensive tracks notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the nearly 30 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

ACCOMMODATION AND DINING
The highlight of the Queen Charlotte walk is staying and eating in accommodations on the water right on the track itself. All of the accommodations are of high quality but are enhanced by their position right on the sound. It is the luxury of first-world living at its’ best that makes this trip as popular as it is. Importantly, you will be warmly welcomed by all of our hosts who are ready to assist in any way they can.

  • NIGHT 1 & 5

  • NIGHT 2

  • NIGHT 3

  • NIGHT 4

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is not available in the winter months of June, July and August due to the accommodations closing over winter. January and February are warmer and generally busier as it is peak season your booking may attract a surcharge. Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk.

WALKING

This track is undulating, well-graded and without much incline or decline. Walks average about 17 km a day and have some elevation please check itinerary days. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it. There’s also time to relax and enjoy all of the lodges and hotels’ gorgeous surroundings on the sound.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

There are many ways to get to and from the track. If you have the time it might suit you best to mix the methods of travel in order to facilitate the best experience.

  1. By car, you can drive to Picton from anywhere in New Zealand. It makes the most sense to fly to Christchurch in order to facilitate a ‘drive and explore’ of the east coast, namely Kaikoura and Akaroa (Banks Peninsula).
  2. Fly to Wellington and get an onward flight to Blenheim where we can pick you up. This is the fastest method.
  3. Fly to Wellington and take the ferry which arrives right next to your hotel in Picton.
  4. Fly to Christchurch and catch the Coastal Pacific train to Picton, a train journey that’s touted as being one of the greatest train journeys in the world. From the train station, it’s a short 3 to 4-minute walk to your hotel. Highly recommended.
  5. Get an onward flight to Nelson from all the major centres, where it is possible to get a private transfer. This is one of the best transport options for the Abel Tasman walk. If you do the Abel Tasman walk with us we will handle all the transfers on both trips to and from the tracks to Nelson or close by. Please speak to the office.

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. But as mentioned please book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November are usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1845

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $620

    No availability Jan-Mar.

  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Jan 2026 - 31 Dec 2026
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1970

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $650

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand’s best coastal walks, with stunning views over Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepura Sound.  Hike under the gorgeous native forest canopy, soaking up the scenic outlooks.

The Marlborough area has a well-deserved gourmet reputation, and quality accommodations, both of which make for a fabulous and memorable supported walking experience. The accommodations on the track are located right on the water so even when you’re relaxing in the evening you feel as though you are still on the walk.  And if you love wine, why not add a day at the end of the walk to explore the wineries?

Highlights

  • Explore where Captain Cook landed, and the Cook memorial
  • Experience the magic of walking through thick native forest and lush coastal vegetation
  • Wander by the ponga ferns in deep gullies
  • Enjoy the sound of the forest and surrounds of the spectacular Furneaux Lodge
  • Eatwell lookout, with 360 degree views over Endeavour Inlet and the Bay of Many Covers
  • Stay in very comfortable water-side accommodation where you never leave the track

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
5 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Longer walking distances, up to 20km +. Steep hill sections and rough terrain. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 1845

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 620

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5

DAY 1
ARRIVE AT PICTON

The trip starts in Picton in the Marlborough area, we also pick up in Blenheim. Relax in comfort at your accommodation at the marina or take a walk around the foreshore. If you are contemplating walking Abel Tasman then we provide all transfers from the Abel Tasman Track or to and from Nelson (or nearby).

Walking: At your own leisure
Meals: None
Accommodation: Picton in ensuite rooms

DAY 2
Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet

Be transferred by water to your drop-off point at Ship Cove at the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. Explore the location where Captain Cook landed 5 times and met with the South Island Maoris and the Cook memorial that celebrates these voyages. Within minutes of beginning the walk, we are walking through an old-growth forest. There’s a 1000-year-old Rimu tree to admire and there’s plenty of time to enjoy the lookouts and the views over Queen Charlotte Sound. We walk via Schoolhouse and Resolution Bays on our way to Endeavour Inlet and your stunning accommodation. Each day we walk in and out of your fabulous accommodation with your luggage seamlessly transported ahead which you’ll find waiting in your room.

Walking: Moderate / 17.2 km / 4.5 – 5.5 hrs
Elevation: +717m / -751m / max height 257m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and dinner at the accommodation
Accommodation: Furneaux Lodge in an ensuite room

DAY 3
Endeavour Inlet to Southside Endeavour Inlet just past Big Bay

This is the easiest of all the days but no less rewarding. With time up your sleeve, you can wake late and enjoy the sound of the forest and the surrounds of the spectacular Furneaux Lodge. Wander to the back of the lodge and explore the forest complete with a plethora of Rimu trees. The track today skirts around Endeavour Inlet with views of the inlet virtually the whole way. Thick native forest, lush coastal vegetation and Ponga ferns set into deep gullies make the walk worth every step, particularly as tonight’s accommodation is just as good as the previous nights.

Walking: Easy / 12 km / 3 – 4 hrs
Elevation: +501m / – 470m / Max Height 76m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and dinner at the accommodation
Accommodation: Either Punga Cove or Mahana in ensuite rooms

DAY 4
Big Bay, Endeavour Inlet to Cowshed or Torea Bay

This is the big day and our final walk,  prepare for some steep sections however the track is smooth and well graded making today is easily doable. Be prepared to be awestruck by the recurring views over Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you skirt across the escarpment. Whoever designed this track was a walker, because the track takes full advantage of the landscape’s scenic appeal. From time to time there are sections thick with beech and tree ferns, creating a welcoming cocoon-like experience. The highlight of this day is the consistency of gorgeous scenery this track has to offer. Of special note, however, is Eatwell lookout and its’ 360-degree views over Endeavour Inlet and the Bay of Many Coves.  Be picked up by water taxi from Torea Bay and taken back to Picton.  If you wish to get away tonight let us know and we will reimburse you for the last night’s accommodation.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23.5 km / 7.5 – 9 hrs
Elevation: + 1199m / -1216m / Max height 469m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation:  Picton Yacht Club in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
PICTON AND ONWARD JOURNEY

A relaxed morning may include a further explore of Picton or the Marlborough wine-growing region.  From Blenheim, it is possible to do a tour of the wineries whilst you are here.

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort.
  • 4 nights accommodation, in beautiful lodge accommodations on the track
  • Walk the track from Ship Cove to Torea Bay, all transfers on and off the track
  • A la carte meals including 2-course dinners when on the track
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 walkers lunches
  • We look after you before and after the walk
  • Comprehensive tracks notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the nearly 30 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

ACCOMMODATION AND DINING
The highlight of the Queen Charlotte walk is staying and eating in accommodations on the water right on the track itself. All of the accommodations are of high quality but are enhanced by their position right on the sound. It is the luxury of first-world living at its’ best that makes this trip as popular as it is. Importantly, you will be warmly welcomed by all of our hosts who are ready to assist in any way they can.

  • NIGHT 1 & 5

  • NIGHT 2

  • NIGHT 3

  • NIGHT 4

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

ngraph

DISTANCE - ~AVERAGE

Distance training should be a consideration in your overall training program, so take every opportunity you can to walk. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 16km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

TERRAIN

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

UNEVEN TERRAIN

Preparation for hiking on uneven terrain demands a blend of physical and mental readiness.

Begin with balance-enhancing exercises, such as one-legged stands and stability ball workouts, laying a groundwork for stability and coordination. Strengthening the lower body is especially important, achieved through the incorporation of squats, lunges, and step-ups. Gradually increase the complexity of the terrain on which you walk, moving from gravel paths to rocky trails. Cultivate mindfulness during your practice, directing focused attention to both your immediate surroundings and precise foot placement.

The importance of suitable footwear cannot be overstated; prioritise options that offer robust support and reliable grip to navigate varying terrains with confidence. Build endurance through consistent hikes, progressively increasing distance and difficulty.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is not available in the winter months of June, July and August due to the accommodations closing over winter. January and February are warmer and generally busier as it is peak season your booking may attract a surcharge. Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk.

WALKING

This track is undulating, well-graded and without much incline or decline. Walks average about 17 km a day and have some elevation please check itinerary days. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it. There’s also time to relax and enjoy all of the lodges and hotels’ gorgeous surroundings on the sound.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

There are many ways to get to and from the track. If you have the time it might suit you best to mix the methods of travel in order to facilitate the best experience.

  1. By car, you can drive to Picton from anywhere in New Zealand. It makes the most sense to fly to Christchurch in order to facilitate a ‘drive and explore’ of the east coast, namely Kaikoura and Akaroa (Banks Peninsula).
  2. Fly to Wellington and get an onward flight to Blenheim where we can pick you up. This is the fastest method.
  3. Fly to Wellington and take the ferry which arrives right next to your hotel in Picton.
  4. Fly to Christchurch and catch the Coastal Pacific train to Picton, a train journey that’s touted as being one of the greatest train journeys in the world. From the train station, it’s a short 3 to 4-minute walk to your hotel. Highly recommended.
  5. Get an onward flight to Nelson from all the major centres, where it is possible to get a private transfer. This is one of the best transport options for the Abel Tasman walk. If you do the Abel Tasman walk with us we will handle all the transfers on both trips to and from the tracks to Nelson or close by. Please speak to the office.

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. But as mentioned please book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November are usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Map

MAP

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1845

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $620
  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $625
  • 1 Jan 2026 - 31 Dec 2026
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1970

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $650
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Glorious views over the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound, stunning native forest, gourmet Marlborough area as you walk from Ship Cove to Anakiwa in and out of your accommodation

Self-guided 6 Days From $2045 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

Queen Charlotte Track – End to End – 6 Days

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations – the last walking day can be split into 2 if you wish (adds to the cost)
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free, all transfers on and off the track
  • A la carte meals including 2-course dinners on the walk
  • 5 daily breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches, 3 dinners
  • We look after you before and after the walk
  • Comprehensive tracks notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the nearly 30 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Queen Charlotte Track-The Essentials – 4 Days

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Queen Charlotte track end to end from Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Forests filled with fauna and birdsong. Lush rainforest gullies filled with massive tree ferns.

Self-guided 4 Days From $1355 Moderate to Challenging What's Included

Queen Charlotte Track-The Essentials – 4 Days

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort.
  • 3 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • 3 walkers lunches
  • Comprehensive tracks notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy nearly 30 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Abel Tasman Walk End to End – 6 Days

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Abel Tasman Great walk end to end. Stunning views over golden beaches, estuaries, coves & native forest. Unparalleled opportunities to swim.

Self-guided 6 Days From $2595 Moderate What's Included

Abel Tasman Walk End to End – 6 Days

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park and its beauty
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the 26 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Abel Tasman Walk Highlights – 5 Days

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Abel Tasman Great walk end to end. Stunning views over golden beaches, estuaries, coves & native forest. Unparalleled opportunities to swim.

Self-guided 5 Days From $2195 Moderate What's Included

Abel Tasman Walk Highlights – 5 Days

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park and its beauty
  • 4 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy being in the safe hands of nearly 30 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

Abel Tasman Walk & Kayaking – 6 Days

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Abel Tasman Great walk from Marahau to Totaranui. Spectacular views over golden beaches, inlets & estuaries & native forest. Excellent opportunities to swim.

Self-guided 6 Days From $2595 Moderate What's Included

Abel Tasman Walk & Kayaking – 6 Days

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What's Included
  • Full access to the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Split Apple Classic Kayaking adventure – option to upgrade to a different tour
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodges including 4-star Awaroa lodge
  • Walk from Marahau to Totaranui with a light day pack
  • A la carte meals at Awaroa Lodge including 2-course dinners
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 walkers lunches and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive track notes, map case, insulated lunch bag and container
  • Enjoy the 26 years of our experience in organising self-guided walking holidays

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