Queen Charlotte Three Day Freedom Walk

If time is short and you are unable to complete the whole track but would still like to independently discover some of the track, this three day freedom walk is the one for you and can be arranged staying in either standard or upgrade accommodation.

From NZD 715.00 pp.

Inclusions

Standard Package - $715NZ per person (based on twin share) 

(Room inclusions - Tobias Suite at Furneaux Lodge and Lodge en suite Room at Mahana Lodge*)

Upgrade Package - $795NZ per person (based on twin share) 

(Room inclusions - Endeavour Suite at Furneaux Lodge and Frond or Fern Suite Punga Cove) 

Family Package - $730NZ per adult and $525 per child (aged 5-15 - based on sharing with 2 adults) 

(Room inclusions - Cooks Cottage at Furneaux Lodge and Mamaku Apartment at Punga Cove) 

  • Pre trip briefing in Picton
  • Queen Charlotte Track Pass
  • Packed lunch each day
  • Water transport to and from track.
  • Luggage transfers (you only carry your day pack)
  • Information pack including track reference guide
  • Transfers to/from your Picton accommodation to the water taxi departure point
  • Single room occupancy available on request - supplement applies

* If there is no availability at Mahana Lodge on your chosen dates within the standard package, we can instead book a standard room at Punga Cove (this will include a slight price increase - details will be sent on confirmation). The standard rooms at Punga Cove (Koru) include a queen bed only, if a twin bedded room is required, you will need to choose the upgrade option. 

 

Add on First Day Guided Walk - $230 per person

For those that want the added value of a local guide who will 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 . . .(Private guides available on request - additional costs apply)

Itinerary

Day 0 - A pre walk briefing will take place in Picton the day prior to departure at 5pm - more details of this will be included within your final booking confirmation (depending on the time of year, this may be moved to the morning of departure)

Day 1 - Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet/Furneaux Lodge  (approx. 5½-6 hours hours/16.5km)

You will be picked up from your Picton accommodation and then catch the water taxi for your trip to the Historic Ship Cove where the walk begins. Hike around the scenic bays and coves of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet.

Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge

Built in the early 1900's at the foot of it's namesake Mount Furneaux, and surrounded by acres of New Zealand native forest, Furneaux Lodge is set on 3 acres of the flattest and most picturesque scenery in the Marlborough Sounds which has been unchanged since Captain Cook's first visit to the inlet in the 1770's.  Furneaux Lodge comprises of the original homestead, restaurant, bar and accommodation in a delightfully picturesque setting. 

Day 2 – Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove/Mahana Lodge, Endeavour Inlet (Approx. 4 hours/12km)

Travel the coast around Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds.

Accommodation - Punga Cove 

Experience clear sparkling water, native New Zealand bush and simple tranquillity. Nestled amidst a profusion of punga ferns, Punga Cove’s well-appointed rooms are a welcome respite. The restaurant with its impressive ridge top view across the bay completes a perfect day.

or Accommodation - Mahana Lodge 

The clear waters of Endeavour Inlet stretch out towards bush covered mountains and often the only sound is the gentle lapping of the waves, and the song of the bellbird.  Mahana is an oasis for the weary with its delightful and lovingly restored historic homestead where you dine on the verandah looking out into the bay. Breakfast is included in your stay at Mahana Lodge (not suitable for children). 

Day 3 – there are 2 options available:

Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay (approx. 8 hours/23km)
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 around 5.30pm.

Take the morning water taxi transfer from Punga Cove/Mahana Lodge to Picton
The water taxi will pick you up from Punga Cove/Mahana Lodge around mid morning and you will cruise around the bays, making your way back to Picton, arriving there around 12.30pm/1pm.

Departure Dates:

Available daily year round (packages including staying at Mahana Lodge are not available between late May and October)