Queen Charlotte Track

Motuara Island, Marlborough Sounds
from £1009 3, 4 nights | Oct - Apr Exc. flights See price details
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  • Oct - Apr


The Queen Charlotte Track is a 67 km route winding through the magical landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds, on the north-eastern tip of South Island. Renowned for stunning coastal views, historical landmarks and variety of native bush and wildlife, there is a choice of four or five day guided walks. Both options include a trip to Motuara Island and dolphin watching opportunities.


  • Visit Motuara Island sanctuary with its native birds (included)
  • Walk through lush forest, past waterfalls and along beautiful coastline
  • Dolphin watch experience (included)
  • Kayak in picturesque bays (included)

The myriad inlets and islands of the Marlborough Sounds make up an incredible one fifth of New Zealand’s coastline. The convoluted maze of waterways consists of three sounds, the Queen Charlotte, Keneperu and Pelorus Sounds. The area takes in pristine native forests of 800 years old rimu trees, lush ponga tree ferns and native orchids, which drape the hills and cliffs that drop down to a rocky shore. These undisturbed forests are home to rare birds like the saddleback and South Island robin.

The four and five day trips include transportation to the start and from the end of the trail, from Picton, which is easily accessed from other parts of New Zealand, by coach and ferry. Breakfast, a packed lunch and a three course evening meal are provided each day during the trek. Your luggage is transported between overnight stops by boat, so all you need carry is a day rucksack, with your packed lunch, water bottle, camera and any other items you may need during the day. After booking, we will send you a suggested list of clothing and kit to take.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Picton - Furneaux Lodge
Begin with a personalised eco-tour with your guides on board a Cougar Line catamaran. During the morning your guide will share knowledge of the sea birds and marine mammals as you travel to Motuara Island in the outer-Queen Charlotte Sound. Here you may have the opportunity to see the rare South Island Saddleback and South Island Robin which have been re-colonised on to this island sanctuary.

From Motuara Island we cross the Sound for drop off at Ship Cove, for the start of your walk. Ship Cove is one of the most historic areas in the Sounds as it was one of James Cook's most popular destinations on his many world travels. The area is surrounded by beautiful virgin bush and the walk to the top of the ridge provides spectacular views before the descent to Endeavour Inlet. Overnight at Furneaux Lodge in twin share Studio Suites. Dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.
Approx 5-6 hours walk / 14 km walking distance.
Day 2: Furneaux Lodge - Punga Cove
After a leisurely breakfast, walk up to the waterfall, which is surrounded by luxuriant forest. Then re-join the main track as it winds around Endeavour Inlet through forests that are alive with birdsong. Stay overnight at Punga Cove Resort in twin-share chalets. Dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.
Approx 4 hours walk / 12.5 km walking distance.
Day 3: Punga Cove - Portage Resort Hotel
Leaving Punga Cove, climb to the ridge, which divides Queen Charlotte and Keneperu Sounds. Enjoy spectacular views throughout the day walking along an undulating ridge, which is the most challenging section of the trek and you will need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this walk. For those who prefer, you can opt for a water taxi today instead. Stay overnight at Portage Resort Hotel. You will be staying in twin share Hillside suites, and dinner will be served in the restaurant with a glass of wine.
Approx 8 hours walk / 24.5 km walking distance.
Day 4: Portage Hotel - Anakiwa
Climb to the ridgeline track for yet more wonderful views. After Mistletoe Bay, the track contours along the hill to drop down into Davies Bay. The last 30 minutes of the walk are through mature beech forest to the end of the trek at Anakiwa, where transport will be waiting to take you back to Picton. Arriving in Picton around 4.30pm you can enjoy a farewell get together at our base with a relaxing drink and reminisce over the magic of the last four days.
Approx 7 hours walk / 20 km walking distance.


A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday. Please contact us for further details.

Prices & Dates

Prices from £ per person (4 day walk)
Twin Share
Prices from £ per person (5 day walk)
Twin Share

Please note group size ranges from 4 to 24 (dependent upon the time of year) and the Guide-to-client ratio is 1 Guide to 12 clients.

Track Grade: Moderate

Price Includes
Twin share ensuite superior accommodation with sea views ● All meals from lunch on first day to lunch on last day ● Transportation between Picton and start and end of trek ● Supply of a light day pack and walking pole ● Eco-Tour of Motuara Island ● All water transfers including daily luggage ● Guide services ● Queen Charlotte Track Land Co-op Pass ● Sea kayaking (optional)

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights and airport taxes ● Travel insurance ● Tips and gratuities ● Personal expenses


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