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3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Kayak Combo

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3

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Overview

Combine three of the most popular activities in the Marlborough Sound – hike and bike on the Queen Charlotte Track, and paddle in a sea kayak in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Treat yourself with this affordable, great-value 3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Kayak Combo package that lets you enjoy what the Marlborough Sounds have to offer. Taking the best sections of the Queen Charlotte Track for mountain biking and hiking, our Self-Guided 3-Day Hike/Bike/Kayak Combo bundles these together with 1-day independent kayak rental.

While you are out exploring the Marlborough Sounds on your own, we will have everything organised for you. You will come to rest in a superior ensuite room with guaranteed sea views on this 3-day upgraded independent Hike/Bike/Kayak Combo Package. You are supplied the mountain bike and sea kayak with this package, as well as enjoy luggage transfers and Picton pick up and drop off for exploring the Queen Charlotte Track. All you need to take care of is your meals! So bring along your sense of adventure, and soak up the experience.

Tour Grading: C

  • No experience necessary.
  • You need to be reasonably fit and enthusiastic.
  • Light day pack carried, with luggage transported by water taxi.

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. 

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Upgrade Hike Bike Combo

Itinerary

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Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet/water taxi to Punga CoveAbout 15 kms/5 hours Hike

Make your way to our office on the waterfront and after an extensive briefing, depart on 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 the historic Furneaux Lodge where you catch a water taxi across Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove.

Day 2Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage BayAbout 23.6 kms/4 hours Bike

Mountain bikes are delivered this morning by water taxi for your ride from Camp Bay to Portage Bay.

Ascend to the main Queen Charlotte Track. Today you will be riding mostly along the exposed ridgeline with stunning views over both Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Bay of Many Coves is a welcome stop to enjoy the vistas. NB. You also have an easier option to ride the scenic Kenepuru Road.

The track is wide but is steep in places so watch for drop offs and rocky areas. There is a lot of undulation with many short steep hill climbs to challenge you. Take a break at Black Rock Shelter before the final hills and then descend to Torea Saddle and down the road to Portage Bay, your destination for today.

Day 3Torea Bay to Picton/Ngakuta BayAbout 12 kms/5 hours Kayak

Your kayak is delivered to Torea Bay this morning (near Portage) for your independent kayak around the picturesque bays and coves of Queen Charlotte Sound concluding to either Ngakuta Bay or Picton Harbour (weather dependent).

There are numerous bays and coves to explore along the way and lunch can be had at a secluded beach of your choice. Be on the look-out for dolphins and little blue penguins as well as New Zealand fur seals on the points you pass.

A wonderful way to finish three days of adventure!

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet/water taxi to Punga CoveAbout 15 kms/5 hours Hike

Make your way to our office on the waterfront and after an extensive briefing, depart on 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 the historic Furneaux Lodge where you catch a water taxi across Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove.

Day 2Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage BayAbout 23.6 kms/4 hours Bike

Mountain bikes are delivered this morning by water taxi for your ride from Camp Bay to Portage Bay.

Ascend to the main Queen Charlotte Track. Today you will be riding mostly along the exposed ridgeline with stunning views over both Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Bay of Many Coves is a welcome stop to enjoy the vistas. NB. You also have an easier option to ride the scenic Kenepuru Road.

The track is wide but is steep in places so watch for drop offs and rocky areas. There is a lot of undulation with many short steep hill climbs to challenge you. Take a break at Black Rock Shelter before the final hills and then descend to Torea Saddle and down the road to Portage Bay, your destination for today.

Day 3Torea Bay to Picton/Ngakuta BayAbout 12 kms/5 hours Kayak

Your kayak is delivered to Torea Bay this morning (near Portage) for your independent kayak around the picturesque bays and coves of Queen Charlotte Sound concluding to either Ngakuta Bay or Picton Harbour (weather dependent).

There are numerous bays and coves to explore along the way and lunch can be had at a secluded beach of your choice. Be on the look-out for dolphins and little blue penguins as well as New Zealand fur seals on the points you pass.

A wonderful way to finish three days of adventure!

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