QUEEN CHARLOTTE WALK
SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Couples can upgrade to a one bedroom apartment for an additional $1030 per couple
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.
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
Any optional tours and activities during free time
Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.
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)
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.
OCT 2021 - APR 2022
Moderate - Difficult
Frequently asked questions
How fit do I need to be to do this walk?
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.