Queen Charlotte Walk - Marlborough Sounds

4 & 5 Day Guided and Self-Guided Walks

Nestled in the Marlborough Sounds is one of NZ's most stunning walkways - the Queen Charlotte Track. It was in the Marlborough Sounds that Captain James Cook made his base in the Pacific in the late 17th century when circumnavigating the globe. He must have thought he had arrived in paradise. Little has changed since then. Thickly wooded spurs rise from the depths of the Sounds, magnificent beech forest and native bush are rarely touched by human intervention. Streams flow over stepped stones in every hue from gold to chocolate, softly framed with bright green mosses and delicate ferns. The water is so clear that every rock and pebble is clearly visible and as drinking water, it is safe and pure. There are endless vistas of the islands and bays, billion dollar views every one of them.


Walk inn-to-inn style with your luggage transferred, guided or self-guided. Stay at charming lodges in superb settings along the way and in the evenings relax over good food and wine.


Day 1 - Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet

(approx. 5 hours/15km)

Water taxi to Ship Cove to begin your first day's walk and walk through beech forest and clouds of punga ferns.

Day 2 - Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove

(approx. 4 hours/12km)

Mostly coastal walking today so soak up those views.

Day 3 - Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/The Portage

(approx. 8 hours/23 km)

A challenging day on the ridgeline of the Torea Saddle with grand vistas over two Sounds, the Marlborough and Kenepuru. Option to take a boat for non-walkers.

Day 4 - optional rest day

Day 4 or 5 - Torea Saddle/The Portage to Anakiwa

(approx.7 hours/20.5km)

Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish, is a fitting finale.

KAYAK OPTION: for those on the 4 day guided walk there is the option to kayak back to Picton (approx. 4 hours).



Moderate to energetic with lots of ups and downs. A good level of fitness is required. For those not wanting to walk the 'big' day on the Torea Saddle there is an option to go by boat instead.


Self-guided - 4 packed lunches

Guided - breakfast and dinner daily, 4 packed lunches


SCHEDULE 2021-22

Self-guided - start any day.

Guided: Regular weekly departures mostly on Tuesdays.


PRICES 2021-22: per person in NZ$

4 day Self-guided standard walk: share twin/double from $870 - Single sup $390

5 day Self-guided upgrade walkL share twin/double from $1020 - Single sup $495

4 day Guided: walk share twin/double from $1995 - Single sup $495

5 day Guided: walk share twin/double from $2450 - Single sup $575

Kayak option - add $45


See Trip Notes for full details


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