Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Deluxe Freedom Walk

Like the idea of having everything arranged for you and staying in superb accommodation but still walking independently? Our Deluxe freedom package combines the best lodge and luxury hotel-style accommodation available.

From NZD 1695.00 pp.


  • Pre trip briefing in Picton
  • Information pack including track guide
  • Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass
  • Daily departures from October to April subject to accommodation availability
  • Transfers to/from your Picton accommodation to the water taxi departure point
  • Water transport to and from track (Picton to Ship Cove and Anakiwa to Picton)
  • Single room occupancy available on request - supplement of $595NZ applies
  • Free secure storage of any additional luggage whilst you are on the track
  • Water taxi from Torea Bay around to Lochmara Bay at the end of day 3
  • Luggage transfers (you only carry your day pack)
  • Meal inclusions: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included at all lodges. Beverages are additional.

Room inclusions - 3 nights seaview twin share/double accommodation with own private ensuite (Endeavour Suite at Furneaux Lodge, Private Room at Mahana Lodge and Kakariki Chalet at Lochmara Lodge)

Please note - A surcharge of $50 per person applies for bookings between 20th December and 31st January and Easter weekend for your stay at Lochmara Lodge.

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)

Please email us for pricing of the 5 day option (including a rest day at Lochmara Lodge) 


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 Furneaux Lodge (approx. 5½-6 hours hours/16.5km)

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join Beachcomber Cruises service to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic & historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s. Experience virgin beech forest at its best plus stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track proper

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 Mahana Lodge (approx. 4 hours/12km)

Today’s mainly coastal walk takes you around the inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other NZ native birds. Pause at the head of the bay to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay before working your way towards Camp Bay and, 15 minutes on from there, Mahana Homestead 

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.  

Day 3 - Mahana Lodge to Torea Bay – Lochmara Lodge (approx. 8 hours/23km)
It’s a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Mahana Lodge & Torea Bay. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Beachcomber Cruises Water Taxi will meet you at Torea Bay and will bring you to around to Lochmara Lodge at the end of the day. 

Accommodation – Lochmara Lodge

Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Lochmara Lodge features quality accommodation as well as aviaries and enclosures with endangered species, an organic vegetable garden and orchard, educational signage, sculpture trail and art gallery.

Day 4 - Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa (approx 6 hours)

Leaving Lochmara Lodge you will ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. You won’t want the journey to end. Today you return by boat from the Outward Bound wharf in Anakiwa by joining Beachcomber Cruises service back to Picton and your transport back to your Picton accommodation.

If you chose the 5 day option, you will enjoy a rest day at Lochmara Lodge and then complete the walk on day 5. A great way to recharge your batteries, enjoy some kayaking, or indulge with a relaxing massage.

Departure Dates:

Available daily between October and April - Subject to availability at the time of booking.

Please note - Many dates for the peak months of January, February and March 2023 are now fully booked, but please do still email us so we can check the most up to date availability for you.