OVERVIEW

The Queen Charlotte Track is touted as the next New Zealand Great Walk and for good reason. Glorious views over the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound, stunning native forest and the well-deserved gourmet reputation of the Marlborough area all work in concert to make a tremendously pleasurable immersive experience. Walking in and out of your accommodation each day whilst walking from point to point engenders a real sense of satisfaction on completion.

The Marlborough area is famous for its wine and food all of which is weaved seamlessly into this walk, a magical encounter for all the senses on and off the track. The accommodations are all amazing and located right on the water and virtually on the Queen Charlotte Track so even when you’re relaxing in the evening you feel as though you are still on the walk.

 

OUR QUEEN CHARLOTTE WALK AT A GLANCE:

  • Walk the entire linear track from Ship Cove to Anakiwa
  • Stay & eat in luxury, 5 nights accommodation in ensuite rooms
  • Three a la carte dinners provided on the walk
  • All breakfasts (cooked) and lunches included
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Four days of pack-free walking

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 695

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

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6

DAY 1

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 walk around the foreshore. If you are contemplating walking Abel Tasman then we provide all transfers 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 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 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: Easy to Moderate / 15 kms / 4 – 5 hrs
Elevation: +993m / -997m / Max Height 257m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at 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 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 / 11.5 kms / 3 – 4 hrs
Elevation: +565m / – 569m / Max Height 76m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at 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, but devoid of and real incline so 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 about 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 Bay of Many Coves.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 24 kms / 7 – 8.5 hrs
Elevation: + 1288m / -1277m / Max height 469m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at accommodation
Accommodation: Either Portage Hotel, Raetihi Lodge or Lochmara in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
Cowshed Bay to Anakiwa

The final walk is an excellent compendium of the days gone by, views, forest, sand, the odd view over luxury houses tucked away in isolated coves plus a lot more. The last 6 or 7 kms is a magnificent gentle stroll through large tree ferns and beech forest finishing at Anakiwa Bay, the end of the Queen Charlotte Track. We transfer you back to Picton by water taxi and your accommodation. If you wish to get away tonight let us know and we will reimburse you for the last nights’ accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 21 kms / 6 -7 hrs
Elevation: +1351m / -1364m / Max Height 380m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Picton in ensuite rooms

DAY 6

A relaxed morning which may include a further explore of Picton or the Marlborough wine growing region. Why not 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.
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free, all transfers on and off track
  • A la carte meals including 2 course dinners on the walk
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 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.

FOR EACH DAY

NIGHT 1 & 5

PICTON YACHT CLUB HOTEL (or something equivalent)

This accommodation looks right over the gorgeous marina and the ferry station from which you’ll depart tomorrow to start the walk. The restaurant also has the same views and there’s an large pool if you’re up for a swim. The location of the hotel is important as it is in the middle of town giving you easy access to restaurants, shops and the wharf.

NIGHT 2

FURNEAUX LODGE

Furneaux Lodge is located on 3 acres of the manicured gardens right on the water, an oasis of luxury in the middle of the forest. Marlborough Sound at your doorstep and a la carte restaurant this makes a great place to rest and soak up the tranquil environment. . Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the remoteness, there are no roads leading to Furneaux Lodge. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

NIGHT 3

PUNGA COVE RESORT (or Mahana Lodge)

Experience the native New Zealand bush and the crystal clear sparkling water of the Marlborough Sound. The fully licensed restaurant has breathtaking views of the entire Endeavour Inlet. Or relax at the Boatshed Cafe & Bar on the jetty. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

NIGHT 4

PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL (or something equivalent)

The Portage allows you to experience a little taste of everything Marlborough has to offer, the food, the comfort and the natural wonder. Walking New Zealand’s famous Queen Charlotte Track is one thing, spotting wildlife from your room or the restaurant is another. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available all year round. We do however suggest to try to avoid January and February when the area gets very crowded with holiday makers. There is a surcharge at this time and the walking temperature is slightly warmer, however  its New Zealand so there’s no need to worry unless you are really susceptible to heat.  Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk from a temperature perspective.

WALKING

This track is flat, well graded and without much incline or decline. Walks average about 17 kms a day. 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 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 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.
  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 book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

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

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase travel insurance for overseas travel. Partly because we have to charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Queen Charlotte walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

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
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Queen Charlotte Track is touted as the next New Zealand Great Walk and for good reason. Glorious views over the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound, stunning native forest and the well-deserved gourmet reputation of the Marlborough area all work in concert to make a tremendously pleasurable immersive experience. Walking in and out of your accommodation each day whilst walking from point to point engenders a real sense of satisfaction on completion.

The Marlborough area is famous for its wine and food all of which is weaved seamlessly into this walk, a magical encounter for all the senses on and off the track. The accommodations are all amazing and located right on the water and virtually on the Queen Charlotte Track so even when you’re relaxing in the evening you feel as though you are still on the walk.

 

OUR QUEEN CHARLOTTE WALK AT A GLANCE:

  • Walk the entire linear track from Ship Cove to Anakiwa
  • Stay & eat in luxury, 5 nights accommodation in ensuite rooms
  • Three a la carte dinners provided on the walk
  • All breakfasts (cooked) and lunches included
  • All transport on and off the track and luggage transfers
  • Four days of pack-free walking

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
6 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 1795

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 695

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 6

DAY 1

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 walk around the foreshore. If you are contemplating walking Abel Tasman then we provide all transfers 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 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 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: Easy to Moderate / 15 kms / 4 – 5 hrs
Elevation: +993m / -997m / Max Height 257m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at 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 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 / 11.5 kms / 3 – 4 hrs
Elevation: +565m / – 569m / Max Height 76m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at 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, but devoid of and real incline so 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 about 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 Bay of Many Coves.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 24 kms / 7 – 8.5 hrs
Elevation: + 1288m / -1277m / Max height 469m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers lunch and dinner at accommodation
Accommodation: Either Portage Hotel, Raetihi Lodge or Lochmara in ensuite rooms

DAY 5
Cowshed Bay to Anakiwa

The final walk is an excellent compendium of the days gone by, views, forest, sand, the odd view over luxury houses tucked away in isolated coves plus a lot more. The last 6 or 7 kms is a magnificent gentle stroll through large tree ferns and beech forest finishing at Anakiwa Bay, the end of the Queen Charlotte Track. We transfer you back to Picton by water taxi and your accommodation. If you wish to get away tonight let us know and we will reimburse you for the last nights’ accommodation.

Walking: Moderate / 21 kms / 6 -7 hrs
Elevation: +1351m / -1364m / Max Height 380m
Meals: Breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Picton in ensuite rooms

DAY 6

A relaxed morning which may include a further explore of Picton or the Marlborough wine growing region. Why not 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.
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free, all transfers on and off track
  • A la carte meals including 2 course dinners on the walk
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 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.

FOR EACH DAY

NIGHT 1 & 5

PICTON YACHT CLUB HOTEL (or something equivalent)

This accommodation looks right over the gorgeous marina and the ferry station from which you’ll depart tomorrow to start the walk. The restaurant also has the same views and there’s an large pool if you’re up for a swim. The location of the hotel is important as it is in the middle of town giving you easy access to restaurants, shops and the wharf.

NIGHT 2

FURNEAUX LODGE

Furneaux Lodge is located on 3 acres of the manicured gardens right on the water, an oasis of luxury in the middle of the forest. Marlborough Sound at your doorstep and a la carte restaurant this makes a great place to rest and soak up the tranquil environment. . Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the remoteness, there are no roads leading to Furneaux Lodge. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

NIGHT 3

PUNGA COVE RESORT (or Mahana Lodge)

Experience the native New Zealand bush and the crystal clear sparkling water of the Marlborough Sound. The fully licensed restaurant has breathtaking views of the entire Endeavour Inlet. Or relax at the Boatshed Cafe & Bar on the jetty. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

NIGHT 4

PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL (or something equivalent)

The Portage allows you to experience a little taste of everything Marlborough has to offer, the food, the comfort and the natural wonder. Walking New Zealand’s famous Queen Charlotte Track is one thing, spotting wildlife from your room or the restaurant is another. The rooms have en suites and most have views of the sea.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available all year round. We do however suggest to try to avoid January and February when the area gets very crowded with holiday makers. There is a surcharge at this time and the walking temperature is slightly warmer, however  its New Zealand so there’s no need to worry unless you are really susceptible to heat.  Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk from a temperature perspective.

WALKING

This track is flat, well graded and without much incline or decline. Walks average about 17 kms a day. 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 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 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.
  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 book well in advance for January and February due to the summer school holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

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

INSURANCE

We require that you purchase travel insurance for overseas travel. Partly because we have to charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Queen Charlotte walking holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

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.

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
  • 1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1895

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695

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