This is the big day, but devoid of any 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 the consistency of the 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.
Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23.5 km / 7 – 8.5 hrs
Elevation: + 1288m / -1277m / Max height 469m
Meals: Breakfast, walkers’ lunch and dinner at the accommodation
Accommodation: Either Portage Hotel, Raetihi Lodge or Lochmara in ensuite rooms