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4 Day Premier Furneaux Lodge, Mahana and Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

About 74 kms/26.5 hrs walking over 4 days

Days
4

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$1650

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Overview

Stay in a superb lodge accommodation in Marlborough Sounds with easy access to the Queen Charlotte Track on this 5 Day Deluxe Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk in New Zealand. This package is perfect for those looking to stay in smaller properties big on luxury, personal service, local delights, and a heart for conservation. You don’t have to worry about your luggage or transport either. We arrange for your luggage transfers, Picton drop off and pickups, and daily lunch.

Enjoy a warm welcome from your friendly hosts each night as you come home to rest at a boutique lodge right by the water’s edge, with an array of local delicacies on the lodge menu paired with wonderful local wines.

This package includes staying a night at Lochmara Lodge nestled by Queen Charlotte Sound’s serene shores. Highly rated for its quality accommodation, Lochmara Lodge offers guests a wonderful blend of nature- and man-made landscape thanks to its orchard, organic vegetable garden, aviaries, enclosures housing species at risk, art gallery, sculpture trail and educational signage. Our independent walkers enjoy the privilege of staying in the well-appointed Kakariki suites. Each comes with ensuite and overlooks the sea.

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 from 27 September 2019 to 26 April 2020 only. 

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

5 Day Boutique Lochmara Lodge Independent Walk

Itinerary

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

Day 0 - A pre-tour briefing is held the day prior to departure. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation.

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 where you stay in a lovely suite with sea views.

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

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds.

From Furneaux, 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.

Day 3Mahana Lodge to Torea Bay/Lochmara LodgeAbout 23.6 kms/8 hrs walking

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. At the end of today's walk catch the waiting water taxi to your night's accommodation at Lochmara Lodge.

NB. Optional boat trip available to Lochmara Lodge today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Day 4Lochmara Lodge to AnakiwaAbout 18 kms/6 hrs walking

Farewell Lochmara Lodge and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound.

Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. Take time for a photo stop at the picturesque Davies Bay – you won’t want the journey to end.

Today you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton, arriving back to Wilderness Guides HQ by late afternoon.

Itinerary

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

Day 0 - A pre-tour briefing is held the day prior to departure. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation.

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 where you stay in a lovely suite with sea views.

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

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds.

From Furneaux, 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.

Day 3Mahana Lodge to Torea Bay/Lochmara LodgeAbout 23.6 kms/8 hrs walking

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. At the end of today's walk catch the waiting water taxi to your night's accommodation at Lochmara Lodge.

NB. Optional boat trip available to Lochmara Lodge today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Day 4Lochmara Lodge to AnakiwaAbout 18 kms/6 hrs walking

Farewell Lochmara Lodge and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound.

Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. Take time for a photo stop at the picturesque Davies Bay – you won’t want the journey to end.

Today you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton, arriving back to Wilderness Guides HQ by late afternoon.

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