Farewell Portage Bay this morning and ascend to the ridgeline once again to re-join the Queen Charlotte Track.
Walkers should take their time on the two hill sections this morning – these are some of the steepest parts of the track. The rewards are many, however, with stunning views over Kenepuru and Queen Charlotte Sounds.
The hard graft is completed by late morning as you begin the descent to Te Mahia Saddle. Open farmland is then an interesting contrast as the track continues gradually climbing above Onehau Bay. A treat awaits after lunch with a grand native bush section to finish and some perfect spots to stop such as Davies Bay (Umangata Bay) just 45 minutes from the end. Views will propel you towards Anakiwa – it truly is a fitting finale to your Queen Charlotte Track experience.
Today you return to Picton by water taxi from the Tirimoana Wharf on the far side of the bay, past the Anakiwa settlement, to compete your journey. This fifteen minute trip is the perfect time to reflect on happy track memories.
Toilet Stops: No formal toilet stops except Davies Bay (45 mins from Anakiwa) Water Stops: Only one water stop – this is located on the farmland approx. 1 hrs walk from Te Mahia Saddle – this water is recommended for boiling by the Department of Conservation.