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3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Mountain Bike Standard Trip

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3

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$760

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Overview

This Independent 3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Mountain Bike Trip from Picton in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, is year round cycling at it's best. This trail is widely rated as the best single track in New Zealand - with its wide, benched surface, spectacular views, native bush and, in parts, technical difficulty, the track offers bikers an exhilarating challenge. And, of course, you don't have to carry a heavy pack as while you ride from place to place, one of the many water taxi companies will transport this for you to your accommodation.

The 71 km walking track has been purposely built to cater to both walkers and bikers. It is the longest piece of continuous single track in the country and is suitable for novice riders while being challenging enough for the experienced mountain biker.

Two days are needed by most riders of reasonable fitness to complete the entire track comfortably. Those with time restrictions or longer to spend can choose to do particular sections or spread the ride over a leisurely three to four days.

Punga Cove Resort

Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.

Portage Hotel

The Portage Hotel is nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds with a wonderful view into Kenepuru Sound. This well-established accommodation place has a reputation for a fine restaurant and features natural timber chalets. This package includes accommodation in Hillside ensuite-style units.

Mountain Biking on the Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Mountain Biking on the Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Mountain Biking on the Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Ridge Line on the Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

Sunset in Marlborough, New Zealand

View from the deck, Portage Hotel, Marlborough, New Zealand

Mountain Biker on Queen Charlotte Track New Zealand

Mountain Biker on Queen Charlotte Track New Zealand

Mountain Biker on the Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte Track

Itinerary

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Day 1Picton to Ship Cove and Camp BayApprox. 4-5 hours/26km

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join Beachcomber Cruises service to Ship Cove where your bike ride begins. This scenic & historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s.

Experience virgin beech forest at its best plus stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track. From Furneaux Lodge, the track is mainly coastal which takes you around the inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other NZ native birds.

Pause at the head of the bay to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay before working your way towards Camp Bay and Punga Cove.

Day 2Camp Bay to Torea SaddleApprox. 4-5 hours/22.5km

A challenging but very rewarding bike ride on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner.

NB. Optional boat trip to Portage for non-bikers – book at the Punga Cove office (at own cost).

 

Day 3Torea Saddle to Anakiwa and return to PictonApprox.5½ hours/20.5km

Farewell Portage and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale.

Today you return by boat from the Outward Bound Wharf and join Beachcomber Cruises service back to Picton to compete your journey. The boat departs sharp at 3.30pm.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Picton to Ship Cove and Camp BayApprox. 4-5 hours/26km

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join Beachcomber Cruises service to Ship Cove where your bike ride begins. This scenic & historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s.

Experience virgin beech forest at its best plus stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track. From Furneaux Lodge, the track is mainly coastal which takes you around the inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other NZ native birds.

Pause at the head of the bay to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay before working your way towards Camp Bay and Punga Cove.

Day 2Camp Bay to Torea SaddleApprox. 4-5 hours/22.5km

A challenging but very rewarding bike ride on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner.

NB. Optional boat trip to Portage for non-bikers – book at the Punga Cove office (at own cost).

 

Day 3Torea Saddle to Anakiwa and return to PictonApprox.5½ hours/20.5km

Farewell Portage and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale.

Today you return by boat from the Outward Bound Wharf and join Beachcomber Cruises service back to Picton to compete your journey. The boat departs sharp at 3.30pm.

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