QUEEN CHARLOTTE WALK

SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
DESCRIPTION:
 

A Pack Free guided 3-day walk

At the top of the South Island of New Zealand in the Marlborough Sounds lies the stunning Queen Charlotte Track, stretching 70kms from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Our spectacular 3-day walk showcases the best of this walking track through ancient beech forests, along fern-fringed coves and traversing ridgelines revealing breath-taking views of Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. By private boat we reach the best sections of the trail each day, whilst at night we stay at the waterfront Furneaux Lodge offering magnificent views,  local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines. With so much natural beauty, it’s no wonder the Queen Charlotte track attracts travellers from all over the world.

Wow Factor – Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound by Private Boat
The highlight of this journey will be travelling to the start of your walks by private boat. Cruising the Marlborough Sounds to the track heads each day is an amazing way to start your walk, allowing you to discover by water the intricate maze of inlets, coves and bays with their backdrop of lush forested mountain ranges.

 

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

 

Superb Guides
Our guides which we refer to as “CEO – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with at least one guide a local to the area.

PRICE INCLUDES:
 
  • 3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Walk Inclusions

  • Your 3-day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry as little as your water, lunch and camera

  • 2 nights accommodation at Furneaux Lodge overlooking Marlborough Sounds

  • Private Boat transfers to the trail Heads each day

  • 3 delicious lunches

  • A la carte dining in Restaurant every evening featuring local produce

  • Fine New Zealand Marlborough Sounds wines with evening meals

  • 2 x Hot and cold breakfasts

  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

  • Professionally guided – Our guides which we refer to as “CEO – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with one guide a local to the area with great local knowledge.

  • National Park Fees

  • Return transfers to and from Picton
     

ACCOMMODATION:

Furneaux Lodge

2 night stay

Spend 2 nights at charming Furneaux Lodge located on the waterfront at Endeavour Inlet. Built-in the early 1900s at the foot of Mount Furneaux, the lodge is set on three acres and surrounded by native forest. After a day’s walking you can relax in the main homestead building with its bar, restaurant and superb views. Guests will stay in the newly built luxury suites with choice of king or twin beds. The Howden Room restaurant serves fresh, seasonal cuisine with local produce such as king salmon delivered daily.

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Alternative Accommodation for Private Groups

Bay of Plenty Luxury Retreat

For Private Groups you also have the opportunity to upgrade to the Bay of Many Coves Resort.

This is a high priced accommodation (see pricing page for details).

They say location is everything, and the Bay of Many Coves Resort certainly delivers. Set on the waterfront in a secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds, this idyllic retreat is a unique experience like no other.  The only Five-star luxury lodge in the Marlborough Sounds, the resort features a heated pool, hot tub and award-winning restaurant featuring fine dining accompanied with Marlborough Sound world famous wines.
 

Apartment Configurations
Guests will stay in architecturally designed two bedroom apartments, featuring a shared lounge area, with kitchenette, dining table and balcony, with two separate bedrooms each room with its own ensuite.

 

Each room is twin share and features a king size bed or two twin beds with ensuite.

Take a Sneak Peek
Walk through the apartments by clicking on the link below and navigating through each room by moving the blue circle icon for 360-degree views.
https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Mp7CVt6oo2v

 

Apartment Upgrades
Couples can upgrade to a one bedroom apartment for an additional $1030 per couple

Single Supplements
Solo travellers not wishing to share with another solo traveller can upgrade to have their own room in a 2 bedroom apartment. You will still share the apartment with two others but have your own bedroom with ensuite. Add $575.

 

DON'T FORGET:
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Any optional tours and activities during free time

  • Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.

 

OUR TIPS:
This is a fully supported walk, you only need to carry a light day pack.
Note: This tour is a mixed group tour (male and female)

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1

Note: Guests will be required to arrive into Picton the day before the tour starts. Picton can be reached by flying into Wellington and then either flying from Wellington to Picton (30-minute flight) or taking the ferry from Wellington to Picton (a 3-hour cruise through the Cook Straits). Suggestions for Picton Hotels are included in our pre-departure information.
Meet your guides at 8.00am London Quay Wharf Picton this morning. From here we join our private boat for a water transfer through the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to the start of our walk at Ship Cove. Today we walk in the footsteps of explorer Captain James Cook. Walking through magnificent virgin rainforests, you will emerge at the ridgeline for breathtaking views of Cooks Strait and Resolution Bay before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavor Inlet our destination. We spend 2 nights here at the waterfront Furneaux Lodge. Enjoy time to relax in your suite soaking up the views, or take a swim int he Sound before meeting the group for a sensational a la carte dinner featuring local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines. (Distance: 15kms. 5 hours walking with breaks. Grade: Easy to Moderate) Day 2
After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic boat cruise to pretty Punga Cove to start our day’s walk, today we will traverse the ridge and walk into our accommodation. This is the most rewarding section of the journey, from the top of the ridge you will take in magnificent panoramas of the Sounds. We start our gradual climb out of Camp Bay to Kenepuru Saddle and follow the ridge separating Queen Charlotte Sound from Kenepuru Sound. The last section of our walk down to the water. From here we transfer by water back to Furneaux Lodge. Enjoy time to relax in your room or simply soak up the views. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and delicious cuisine.
(Distance: 12kms. 5.5 walking with breaks. Grade: Medium to Hard)
Day 3
After breakfast, our walk sets out from Endeavour Inlet, named after one of Captain James Cook’s ships. From Endeavour Inlet the track stays near the shoreline and wanders through regenerating forest rich in small bird life. The track continues around Big Bay, passing through native forest and traversing over low saddles offering amazing vantage points for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to Camp Cove. Enjoy a late lunch at Furneaux Lodge while waiting for our private boat transfer through the Marlborough Sounds back to Picton, what a magnificent way to finish our 3-days of walking. Note for those catching a ferry to Wellington tonight, the boat can drop you directly at the ferry terminal. For those wanting more walking why not add on our 3-day Abel Tasman National Park walk. (Distance: 10kms. 4-5 hours walking with breaks. Grade: Easy to Moderate)





OCT 2021 - APR 2022
 

$2,095 single

$370 supplement

3
days
Activity Level:

Moderate - Difficult

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be to do this walk?


All our tours require a general level of fitness. For more information go to the itinerary page for this tour.
Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.




Is there a portered walk option?


All our guests will have their overnight bags transported, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the walk instead of struggling with a large backpack.




So what will I need to carry?


All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. You won’t even need to carry your lunch as your guide will carry the groups lunch.




Do you cater for different dietary requirements?


Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarians that don’t eat fish or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.




If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?


If you are happy to twin share a room with another solo traveller, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with, you will have your own room at no extra cost). However if you want to request a room specifically for yourself you will be required to pay an additional fee, enquire for details.




What time does this adventure start and finish?





Can you recommend pre and post tour accommodation?


As our 7:30am pickup is at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, for convenience we recommend this hotel of choice for your pre -tour accommodation.




I’m driving, where should I park my car?


If you are driving to meet the group, please let us know and we will discuss the best options for meeting and parking your car




How many people are in each walking group?


We run this tour with a maximum of 10 walkers.