Independent Walk

3 Day Standard Independent Walk

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3 Day Standard Independent Walk

Duration:
3 days
Distance:
49.5 km (31 miles)
Minimum:
2
Price:
$640 NZ per adult (based on twin share)
$325 NZ per child
Single Supplement: $275 NZ

WINTER RATES AVAILABLE 15 May - 25 September
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Meals:
Day 1 – lunch only
Day 2 – lunch only
Day 3 – lunch only
Walk Overview

Like the idea of having everything arranged for you but you’d prefer to walk independently? On this three day standard independent walk, we will organise your accommodation in comfortable standard ensuite rooms, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups for walking the Queen Charlotte Track. All you need to do is purchase your breakfast and dinner along the way. Each night you come to rest at a comfortable accommodation place – Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove - complete with restaurant, fine wines and a superb setting.

Standard packages feature simple ensuite-style accommodation, normally without a view of the ocean, while Upgrades will ensure you have a sea view from your more modern ensuite-style unit.

Itinerary

Day 0

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

Day 1 – Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet

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 the historic Furneaux Lodge.

Day 2 – Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From Furneaux Lodge, 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 & 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, five minutes on from there, your accommodation for the evening at Punga Cove.

Day 3 –2 options:

  • Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay (approx. 8 hours/22.5km)
    It’s a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. You will be collected from Torea Bay at 5pm and return to Picton at 5.30pm approx.
  • Take the morning water taxi transfer from Punga Cove to Picton
    The water taxi will come and pick you up at approx. 10.15am (This time table is valid is from October through to April - return time to Picton 12.30) or pickup at 11.30 (This time table is valid all year round - return time to Picton around 12.30-12.45pm). Cruise around the bays and make your way to Picton, arriving there early afternoon.
Accommodation

Punga Cove

Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style. You'll be accommodated in a modern ensuite unit with stunning views of the bay.

Furneaux Lodge

Furneaux Lodge offers a range of accommodation depending on your requirements. The waterfront suites used for our Classic guided walk are contemporary one bedroom apartments, and are absolutely private with stunning views. Our standard independent packages stay in the Tobias Junior Suites, each with own ensuite. The Premier package stays in upmarket studio suites with private ensuite and views out to the bay.

Track Section
Day Distance Time
1 15 km 5 hrs
2 11.5 km 4 hrs
3 23 km 8 hrs
Additional Tours

Add on first day Guided Walk - $230 per person

For those that want the added value of a local guide who will attend to every need as well as provide full interpretation on the area, this is the perfect way to start your Queen Charlotte Track experience. Your first day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Many beautiful views are to be had across the Marlborough Sounds. Your informative local guide will explain the European and Maori connections of this significant historical area as well as provide detailed information on flora and fauna along the trail and general track advice. You are then well equipped to continue on your way for the remainder of your independent track experience . . .

Queen Charlotte Track Gradient

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Queen Charlotte Track gradient map

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Plan & Prepare

Tips and suggestions to help you prepare for your walk in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.

Track Map

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Accommodation

Places to stay on the Queen Charlotte Track & Picton area

What to Bring

General guide to packing & suggestions for your walk

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about the walks

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