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4 Day Standard Queen Charlotte Track Portage Resort Independent Walk

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4

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$810

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Overview

Like the idea of having everything arranged for you but walking independently? On a 4 Day Unguided Walking Package, we will organise your accommodation, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups for walking the New Zealand Queen Charlotte Track. All you need to organise is your breakfast and dinner!

When English explorer Captain James Cook sailed into the settled waters of the Marlborough Sounds in the late 17th Century, he must have believed this was paradise. Join us for a modern day journey in Cook's footsteps along the renowned 71km Queen Charlotte Track. Explore this vast network of drowned river valleys from the unique perspective of this well-formed track. Here lush coastal beech forest reaches out to greet lapping tides of ever-changing hues.

Each night you come to rest at a comfortable accommodation place complete with gourmet restaurant, fine wines and a superb setting. NB. Package price based on standard accommodation.

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.

Boarding Beachcomber Cruises

The Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds

Overlooking Motuara Island

View from the deck at Portage Hotel

Hiking on the Queen Charlotte Track

Sunset in Marlborough

Kereru, the New Zealand Native Pigeon

Queen Charlotte Track Marlborough New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet(approx. 5 hours/14km)

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk 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 proper.

Option: Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary Tour

This island reserve is located in the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound opposite Ship Cove and you will be delivered there by boat with your guide to spend 1 ½ hours exploring the short walk, 360deg lookout views and wonderful New Zealand native birdlife including the rare South Island Saddleback (Tieke), little blue penguins in their nesting boxes, the cheeky robin and friendly fantails. After your visit here, you will be collected by boat again and transferred to the start of the walk at Ship Cove.

Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge 

Built early this century, Furneaux Lodge comprises the original homestead, restaurant, bar, fully self-contained chalets and upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting. Furneaux Lodge has an excellent restaurant for dinner and/or breakfasts.

Day 2Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove(approx. 4 hours/12km)

Today's mainly coastal walk 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, five minutes on from there, Punga Cove.

Accommodation - Punga Cove

Nestled amidst the native bush, Punga Cove's well-appointed individual chalets are a welcome respite. The gourmet restaurant with its impressive view caps off a perfect day and is also open for breakfasts overlooking the bay.

Day 3Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/The Portage Hotel(approx. 8 hours/22.5km)

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

A challenging day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner - a wonderful reward indeed. Those who feel like a day's rest can opt for a boat ride around the bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Portage.

Accommodation - The Portage Resort Hotel

Nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds, The Portage Hotel is a well-established accommodation place with a fine restaurant, relaxed cafe & comfortable, recently upgraded natural timber chalets. Breakfasts are available as well in the restaurant from 7am.

Day 4Torea Saddle/The Portage Hotel to Anakiwa(approx. 7 hrs/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 Anakiwa Jetty to Picton to compete your journey.

Optional 1 Day Guided Sea Kayaking Tour

Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds with an awesome little one-day guided sea kayak trip. This tour takes in Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush – stopping at a secluded beach for a yummy lunch. Learn about the history of the area from our knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides. Available in Portage, Torea or Lochmara Bays

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet(approx. 5 hours/14km)

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk 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 proper.

Option: Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary Tour

This island reserve is located in the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound opposite Ship Cove and you will be delivered there by boat with your guide to spend 1 ½ hours exploring the short walk, 360deg lookout views and wonderful New Zealand native birdlife including the rare South Island Saddleback (Tieke), little blue penguins in their nesting boxes, the cheeky robin and friendly fantails. After your visit here, you will be collected by boat again and transferred to the start of the walk at Ship Cove.

Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge 

Built early this century, Furneaux Lodge comprises the original homestead, restaurant, bar, fully self-contained chalets and upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting. Furneaux Lodge has an excellent restaurant for dinner and/or breakfasts.

Day 2Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove(approx. 4 hours/12km)

Today's mainly coastal walk 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, five minutes on from there, Punga Cove.

Accommodation - Punga Cove

Nestled amidst the native bush, Punga Cove's well-appointed individual chalets are a welcome respite. The gourmet restaurant with its impressive view caps off a perfect day and is also open for breakfasts overlooking the bay.

Day 3Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/The Portage Hotel(approx. 8 hours/22.5km)

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

A challenging day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner - a wonderful reward indeed. Those who feel like a day's rest can opt for a boat ride around the bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Portage.

Accommodation - The Portage Resort Hotel

Nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds, The Portage Hotel is a well-established accommodation place with a fine restaurant, relaxed cafe & comfortable, recently upgraded natural timber chalets. Breakfasts are available as well in the restaurant from 7am.

Day 4Torea Saddle/The Portage Hotel to Anakiwa(approx. 7 hrs/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 Anakiwa Jetty to Picton to compete your journey.

Optional 1 Day Guided Sea Kayaking Tour

Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds with an awesome little one-day guided sea kayak trip. This tour takes in Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush – stopping at a secluded beach for a yummy lunch. Learn about the history of the area from our knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides. Available in Portage, Torea or Lochmara Bays

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