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5 Day Deluxe Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

70 kms (about 24 hrs) walking over 5 days

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5

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$1895

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Overview

Linger a bit and savour the finest boutique accommodation of the Queen Charlotte Track on a 5 Day Deluxe Independent Walk with 2 Nights at Raetihi Lodge in New Zealand. You get to stay in first-rate boutique lodge accommodation that Marlborough Sounds has to offer on this five day independent walk, with easy access to the New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track. This package is ideal for those who wish to complete the track at their own pace and stay in smaller properties that have personal service, luxury, local delights and conservation high on their list. We take care of your luggage transfers, Picton drop off and pickups, and meals including daily packed lunch.

Raetihi Lodge (2 Nights)

Since the 1930s, Raetihi Lodge has established a reputation as one of the most renowned destinations in the Marlborough Sounds. For 2 nights, immerse yourself in the luxury and comfort of this extensively rebuilt lodge that has earned 4 star plus Hosted Qualmark rating for their accommodation and facilities, while enjoying the Marlborough Sounds’ natural beauty and tranquillity.

Tour Grading: C

  • No hiking experience necessary.
  • You need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic.
  • Terrain mostly tracks.
  • Light day pack carried, with luggage transported by water taxi.
  • Options for non-walkers available

To get to Picton, probably the best way is to take the Interislander Ferry across from Wellington to Picton.

Alternatively you can take the Coastal Pacific Train* up from Christchurch to Picton.

*The train will have daily departures over summer, 7 days a week, from 1 December 2018 to 28 April 2019 only. For more information and updates about travel around Canterbury and Marlborough regions, please visit this website.

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge

5 Day Boutique Independent Walk with 2 Nights Raetihi Lodge, Queen Charlotte Track

Itinerary

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Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour InletAbout 14 kms/5 hrs walking

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic and historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s as well as being a site of significance for local Maori. Bush is mainly a mixture of stunning podocarp and beech forest with punga ferns and other New Zealand native foliage. This day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Your walk concludes at Furneaux Lodge.

Furneaux Lodge

Furneaux Lodge offers a range of accommodation depending on your requirements. Our waterfront suites are contemporary one bedroom apartments, and are absolutely private with stunning views. The self-contained two bedroom chalets have panoramic views and are great for family groups and people hiking the Queen Charlotte Track.

Day 2Endeavour Inlet to Mahana LodgeAbout 11.7 kms/4 hrs walking

Today’s coastal walk takes you from the Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From No Road Inn, the track continues through native bush and over a small swing bridge to the head of Endeavour Inlet. Pause there to learn more about antimony and the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay where pristine native beech forest awaits before working your way towards Camp Bay and Punga Cove. The delightful Mahana Lodge is a five minute walk past Punga Cove.

Mahana Lodge

Your hosts John and Ann have shaped Mahana into an oasis for the weary with its delightfully restored historic homestead and purpose built hiker lodge with four ensuite rooms and shared guest lounge. Visit John’s extensive organic vegetable garden, enjoy free range eggs and dine this evening on the deck, soaking up the beautiful views whilst enjoying a delicious home cooked meal.

Day 3Mahana Lodge to Portage Bay/Raetihi Lodge About 23.6 kms/8 hrs walking

You won’t want to leave but today we depart Mahana Lodge and return to the ridgeline to continue our hike along the Queen Charlotte Track.

A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle. Truly grand views abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds from the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout.

At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Those who feel like a day’s rest today can opt for a boat ride around the bays’ of the Queen Charlotte Sound and transfer across Kenepuru Sound to Raetihi Lodge.

We conclude our walk at Portage Bay and transfer by waiting water taxi to our accommodation at the beautiful Raetihi Lodge.

NB. Optional boat trip today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Raetihi Lodge (2 nights)

Since the 1930s, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Marlborough Sounds. Extensively rebuilt, our accommodation and facilities are rated 4 star plus Hosted Qualmark with luxury and comfort amidst the serenity and nature of the Marlborough Sounds.

Day 4Rest Day at Raetihi Lodge

Located in the Kenepuru Sounds, which is simply New Zealand’s foremost marine playground for boating, fishing, sailing, cruising and sight-seeing. Today you have complimentary use of our:

  • Kayaks
  • Mountain bikes
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards (Sups)
  • Fishing Rods
  • Dinghy Rowing Boat
  • Walking Tracks
Day 5Raetihi Lodge to AnakiwaAbout 20.5 kms/7 hrs walking

Farewell Raetihi Lodge and transfer by water taxi to Portage Bay. Ascend to the ridgeline once again via the road from Portage Bay to the Torea Saddle turn right on to the Queen Charlotte Track. This morning you will 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.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour InletAbout 14 kms/5 hrs walking

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic and historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s as well as being a site of significance for local Maori. Bush is mainly a mixture of stunning podocarp and beech forest with punga ferns and other New Zealand native foliage. This day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Your walk concludes at Furneaux Lodge.

Furneaux Lodge

Furneaux Lodge offers a range of accommodation depending on your requirements. Our waterfront suites are contemporary one bedroom apartments, and are absolutely private with stunning views. The self-contained two bedroom chalets have panoramic views and are great for family groups and people hiking the Queen Charlotte Track.

Day 2Endeavour Inlet to Mahana LodgeAbout 11.7 kms/4 hrs walking

Today’s coastal walk takes you from the Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From No Road Inn, the track continues through native bush and over a small swing bridge to the head of Endeavour Inlet. Pause there to learn more about antimony and the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay where pristine native beech forest awaits before working your way towards Camp Bay and Punga Cove. The delightful Mahana Lodge is a five minute walk past Punga Cove.

Mahana Lodge

Your hosts John and Ann have shaped Mahana into an oasis for the weary with its delightfully restored historic homestead and purpose built hiker lodge with four ensuite rooms and shared guest lounge. Visit John’s extensive organic vegetable garden, enjoy free range eggs and dine this evening on the deck, soaking up the beautiful views whilst enjoying a delicious home cooked meal.

Day 3Mahana Lodge to Portage Bay/Raetihi Lodge About 23.6 kms/8 hrs walking

You won’t want to leave but today we depart Mahana Lodge and return to the ridgeline to continue our hike along the Queen Charlotte Track.

A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle. Truly grand views abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds from the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout.

At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Those who feel like a day’s rest today can opt for a boat ride around the bays’ of the Queen Charlotte Sound and transfer across Kenepuru Sound to Raetihi Lodge.

We conclude our walk at Portage Bay and transfer by waiting water taxi to our accommodation at the beautiful Raetihi Lodge.

NB. Optional boat trip today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Raetihi Lodge (2 nights)

Since the 1930s, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Marlborough Sounds. Extensively rebuilt, our accommodation and facilities are rated 4 star plus Hosted Qualmark with luxury and comfort amidst the serenity and nature of the Marlborough Sounds.

Day 4Rest Day at Raetihi Lodge

Located in the Kenepuru Sounds, which is simply New Zealand’s foremost marine playground for boating, fishing, sailing, cruising and sight-seeing. Today you have complimentary use of our:

  • Kayaks
  • Mountain bikes
  • Stand-up Paddle Boards (Sups)
  • Fishing Rods
  • Dinghy Rowing Boat
  • Walking Tracks
Day 5Raetihi Lodge to AnakiwaAbout 20.5 kms/7 hrs walking

Farewell Raetihi Lodge and transfer by water taxi to Portage Bay. Ascend to the ridgeline once again via the road from Portage Bay to the Torea Saddle turn right on to the Queen Charlotte Track. This morning you will 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.

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