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7 Day Queen Charlotte Sounds and Abel Tasman Hike

21-29 hrs hiking over 7 days

Days
6

Pricing From
$2895

South Island
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Overview

Hike the enchanting lakeside and coastal trails of the upper South Island on the 7 Day Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman Trails, and experience the secluded and rolling tussock landscape of the South Island high country in this moderate to easy trekking adventure beginning and ending in Christchurch. Spend time walking the Queen Charlotte Track, Abel Tasman National Park coastal track and Nelson Lakes National Park. Full-lodge accommodation is included.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy full and half day hikes amidst some of NZ's best scenery
  • Marvel in the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Relax in the comfort and hospitality of your own private eco lodge
  • Sail the beautiful coastal waters of the Abel Tasman National Park after the hike to Torrent Bay
  • Take in the panoramic views of Nelson Lakes National Park from the bushline track
  • Climb to the summit of Mt Isobel at 1324 metres

Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman Trails

Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman Trails

Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman Trails

Itinerary

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Day 1Christchurch to PictonWalk time: 1.5 - 2 (L,D)

We will collect you from a central city location in Christchurch around 08:00am before we drive north to Kaikoura taking approx 2.5hours. The drive is scenic and we time our arrival for lunch and then walk the Kaikoura peninsula walkway. This will take approximately 1.5 -2 hours before we continue the drive to reach Picton, a further 2 hours away and a final short walk to stretch our legs. Drive to Picton (2 hours) and do short bush walk. 

Day 2Picton - Queen Charlotte TrackWalk time: 4 - 6.5 hours (B,L,D)

The nearby Queen Charlotte track is a spectacular ridge top walk above the Sound. We access this via return water taxi and a short climb to the track, from where we spend the rest of the day weaving down through native bush with glimpses into the many bays below. From Te Mahia saddle on the Queen Charlotte track we gradually descend on the walkway to Anakiwa for our return journey to Picton by water taxi. Overnight again at Picton. 

Day 3Picton to Eco Lodge3 to 4 hours walking (B,L,D)

Our next two day trek starts out of a secluded bay and involves firstly a scenic drive around the head of the sound and then a backcountry road, to arrive at the start of the track. The old logging trail was cut through the native bush and offers a beautiful benched trail that weaves through regenerating native and exotic forests, steadily rising to a saddle where we break for a picnic lunch. From here we gradually descend into the next Bay and overnight stay at our Lodge. The rest of the afternoon provides a great opportunity to relax on the couches on the porch or to explore the walking tracks and native bush.

Day 4Eco Lodge to Motueka4 to 4.5 hours walking (B,L,D)

After a hearty breakfast, we pack and depart our beautiful accommodation, and follow the trail that weaves through virgin bush and beachfront. The trail then steadily climbs to a low saddle, and eventually descending to the neighbouring bay and around the shoreline to our waiting coach. Time dependant, we can explore and swim before our mid afternoon departure out to Nelson and onto Motueka and our accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 5Abel Tasman Track3 to 4 hours walking (B,L,D)

Today we drive down to the start of the Abel Tasman track and have a half day hike into Torrent Bay on the famous Abel Tasman walkway. The track is well formed and drops into several sheltered bays and beaches. At midday we have lunch overlooking Torrent Bay and then meet our return yacht for an exciting sail around the heads and back to our coach and then our accommodation. 

Day 6Motueka to St Arnaud2 or 5 hours walking (B,L,D)

Leaving Moteuka we have a short 1 hour drive inland into the Nelson Lake National Park and at St Arnaud we have a choice of a shorter 2 hr loop in the Lake Rotoiti Nature Recovery area or a 5 hr circuit to the upper slopes of Mt Roberts. This track climbs steeply to the bushline and the summit of the ridgeline with awesome views over the lake & St Arnaud range, before returning via a loop track back to the coach and our accommodation. The bush is stunning and Lake Rotoiti a magic location.

Day 7St Arnaud to Christchurch3 hours walking (B,L)

Intensive pest eradication has meant native bird numbers are increasing in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Early risers this morning will have the chance to take a short bush walk and experience the morning songs of the forest or “dawn chorus.” We then drive via the spectacular Buller Gorge and Lewis Pass to Hanmer, where we detour to Jacks Pass and hike via the subalpine scrub and open grassland to the summit of Mt Isobel (1324 metres) for panoramic views of the Hanmer Basin and beyond. Late afternoon we return to Christchurch & deliver you to your local lodgings. 

Cost per person

October 2019 - April 2020

  • NZ$2,895
  • Single supplement: NZ$695
  • Public Holiday surcharge: NZ$50 per person

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch to PictonWalk time: 1.5 - 2 (L,D)

We will collect you from a central city location in Christchurch around 08:00am before we drive north to Kaikoura taking approx 2.5hours. The drive is scenic and we time our arrival for lunch and then walk the Kaikoura peninsula walkway. This will take approximately 1.5 -2 hours before we continue the drive to reach Picton, a further 2 hours away and a final short walk to stretch our legs. Drive to Picton (2 hours) and do short bush walk. 

Day 2Picton - Queen Charlotte TrackWalk time: 4 - 6.5 hours (B,L,D)

The nearby Queen Charlotte track is a spectacular ridge top walk above the Sound. We access this via return water taxi and a short climb to the track, from where we spend the rest of the day weaving down through native bush with glimpses into the many bays below. From Te Mahia saddle on the Queen Charlotte track we gradually descend on the walkway to Anakiwa for our return journey to Picton by water taxi. Overnight again at Picton. 

Day 3Picton to Eco Lodge3 to 4 hours walking (B,L,D)

Our next two day trek starts out of a secluded bay and involves firstly a scenic drive around the head of the sound and then a backcountry road, to arrive at the start of the track. The old logging trail was cut through the native bush and offers a beautiful benched trail that weaves through regenerating native and exotic forests, steadily rising to a saddle where we break for a picnic lunch. From here we gradually descend into the next Bay and overnight stay at our Lodge. The rest of the afternoon provides a great opportunity to relax on the couches on the porch or to explore the walking tracks and native bush.

Day 4Eco Lodge to Motueka4 to 4.5 hours walking (B,L,D)

After a hearty breakfast, we pack and depart our beautiful accommodation, and follow the trail that weaves through virgin bush and beachfront. The trail then steadily climbs to a low saddle, and eventually descending to the neighbouring bay and around the shoreline to our waiting coach. Time dependant, we can explore and swim before our mid afternoon departure out to Nelson and onto Motueka and our accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 5Abel Tasman Track3 to 4 hours walking (B,L,D)

Today we drive down to the start of the Abel Tasman track and have a half day hike into Torrent Bay on the famous Abel Tasman walkway. The track is well formed and drops into several sheltered bays and beaches. At midday we have lunch overlooking Torrent Bay and then meet our return yacht for an exciting sail around the heads and back to our coach and then our accommodation. 

Day 6Motueka to St Arnaud2 or 5 hours walking (B,L,D)

Leaving Moteuka we have a short 1 hour drive inland into the Nelson Lake National Park and at St Arnaud we have a choice of a shorter 2 hr loop in the Lake Rotoiti Nature Recovery area or a 5 hr circuit to the upper slopes of Mt Roberts. This track climbs steeply to the bushline and the summit of the ridgeline with awesome views over the lake & St Arnaud range, before returning via a loop track back to the coach and our accommodation. The bush is stunning and Lake Rotoiti a magic location.

Day 7St Arnaud to Christchurch3 hours walking (B,L)

Intensive pest eradication has meant native bird numbers are increasing in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Early risers this morning will have the chance to take a short bush walk and experience the morning songs of the forest or “dawn chorus.” We then drive via the spectacular Buller Gorge and Lewis Pass to Hanmer, where we detour to Jacks Pass and hike via the subalpine scrub and open grassland to the summit of Mt Isobel (1324 metres) for panoramic views of the Hanmer Basin and beyond. Late afternoon we return to Christchurch & deliver you to your local lodgings. 

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