Queen Charlotte Track

Where is It?

Where Is the Track?

The Queen Charlotte Track is located at the north eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island.

It offers a unique blend of coastal walking, ridgetop views and stunning native bush as it winds its way through the iconic sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll need to stay in Picton, heart of the Marlborough Sounds, the night prior to the walk, a delightful seaside town where the interisland ferries come and go from Wellington.

Your walk starts with a morning water taxi ride to Ship Cove in the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound and finishes with a return water taxi 70km later from Anakiwa back to Picton. Ship Cove is an important historic place where the European navigator and explorer Captain James Cook made his base during his explorations of the South Pacific in the late 1700s. It is also an area of great significance for several local Maori tribes, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

How to get here

Day Getting To Picton Approx. Times


Picton to Blenheim  30 mins
  Picton to Nelson 2 hrs
  Picton to Kaikoura 3 hrs
  Blenheim to Christchurch 4.5 hrs


The Interislander - Wellington to Picton 3.5 hrs
  Blue Bridge Ferries - Wellington to Picton 3.5 hrs


Air New Zealand and Sounds Air operate daily into Marlborough Airport from Wellington 20mins 


Tranz Scenic Coastal Express: a daily train service from Christchurch to Picton 5 hrs

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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

View the Queen Charlotte Track map & elevation


Places to stay on the Queen Charlotte Track & Picton area

What to Bring

General guide to packing & suggestions for your walk


Frequently asked questions about the walks


The remote beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track awaits.

The Marlborough Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Track is the ultimate place to hike and explore with Wilderness Guides as you follow in the footsteps of those gone before.

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