Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Gourmet Guided Walk

The Four Day Gourmet Guided Walk is the classic way to enjoy the Queen Charlotte Track along with the support, knowledge and guidance of your local guide.

From NZD 2095.00 pp.


  • Pre trip briefing in Picton
  • Packed lunch each day
  • Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass
  • 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)
  • Generally depart each Tuesday through the season - October to April
  • Full guiding services by a local knowledgeable Guide
  • Luggage transfers (you only carry your day pack)
  • Single room occupancy an additional $595NZ
  • All meals – three course high quality restaurant dining plus complimentary glass of wine each evening
  • Child rate $1395NZ (5-15 years) (based on the child sharing a room with 2 paying adults)
  • Free secure storage of any additional luggage whilst you are on the track

Room inclusions - 3 nights seaview twin share/double accommodation with own private ensuite (Endeavour Suite at Furneaux Lodge, Private Room at Mahana Lodge (or Fern/Frond Suite at Punga Cove) and Korimako at Portage Resort)

Due to current bookings, some departure dates will see you staying at Punga Cove rather than Mahana Lodge on your second evening - this will be advised on booking.


Day 0 - A pre walk briefing will take place in Picton the day prior to departure at 5.30pm - 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 collected from your accommodation in Picton to join the boat trip to Motuara Island for a bird sanctuary tour en route to Ship Cove. Learn about the fascinating marine life of this area and, if you are lucky, see dolphins as well!  Enjoy a short warm up walk on Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary to the lookout – with spectacular 360deg views of the Marlborough Sounds – and  see many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species. Arrive late morning at Ship Cove to begin your walk. 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 throughout today’s walk. NB. The visit to Motuara Island is weather dependent

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 - Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/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, five minutes on from there, Mahana Lodge.

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 Portage/Torea Saddle 
(Approx. 8 hours/23km)

A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas feature round every corner with views back to Picton and over both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

Accommodation - Portage Resort

Portage Resort is a well-established accommodation with a fine restaurant, relaxed cafe & comfortable natural timber chalets. The property is set amongst a rustic landscape of native plants with an abundance of birdlife to be seen as you submerge yourself into the nature. Relax, unwind and switch off from the rest of the world and enjoy being in a remote part of the Sounds.

Day 4 - Portage Resort/Torea Saddle to Anakiwa
(Approx. 7 hours/20.5km)

Farewell Portage Bay and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale. Today you return to Picton by around 4-4.30pm by water taxi from Anakiwa to compete your journey.

Due to current bookings, some departure dates will see you staying at Punga Cove rather than Mahana Lodge on your second evening - this will be advised on booking.

2022/2023 Departure Dates:

October 2022 – 4, 11, 18 and 25

November 2022 – 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

December 2022 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

January 2023 – 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

February 2023 – 7, 14, 21 and 28

March 2023 - 7, 14, 21 and 28

April 2023 – 4, 11, 18 and 25

Please note - many of these departure dates are now full - please email us for the most up to date availability

2023/2024 Departure Dates:

October 2023 – 3, 10, 17 and 24

November 2023 – 7, 14, 21 and 28

December 2023 – 5, 12, 19 and 27

January 2024 – 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

February 2024 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

March 2024 - 5, 12, 19 and 26

April 2024 – 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30