Ultimate Queen Charlotte Package

Do you want to walk the Queen Charlotte Track but need a few additional elements booked for you too - then this is the package for you - The Ultimate Queen Charlotte package, departing from the stunning Picton harbour!

From NZD 1399.00 pp.

Inclusions

  • Private return shuttle between Blenheim Airport and your Picton accommodation
  • Water transport to and from track (Picton to Ship Cove and Anakiwa to Picton)
  • Transfers to/from your Picton accommodation to the water taxi departure point
  • Pre trip briefing in Picton
  • Information pack including track reference guide
  • Queen Charlotte Track Pass
  • Luggage transfers (you only carry your day pack)
  • Packed lunch each day on the track
  • Package available year round subject to availability and minimum 2 people
  • 2 nights in a centrally located 4 Star Motel in Picton in an Executive King Suite (1 night pre and 1 night post your walk)
  • 3 nights upgrade double/twin share with private ensuite accommodation and water views in a Endeavour Suite at Furneaux Lodge, Frond Suite at Punga Cove and Tui Terrace at Portage Resort

What’s not included:

  • Dinner and breakfast whilst in Picton
  • Dinner and breakfast whilst on the Queen Charlotte Track

Optional add on extras:

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)

One day Guided Sea Kayaking Tour from Picton - $130 per person 

Join a full day guided sea kayaking tour in the Queen Charlotte Sound pre/post your walk. Meet at 8.30am in Picton and firstly enjoy a short van drive around to Ngakuta Bay (away from the busy Picton harbour) and following the safety briefing you will be lead on a wonderful day on the water, discovering the many quiet bays and perhaps lucky enough to view some wildlife along the way. Return to Picton around 4pm

Wine Tour - Price TBC on request

Join a full or half day wine tour of the local Marlborough wine region pre or post your walk. Pick up will be from your Picton accommodation and will be by small van tour. 

Itinerary

Day 0 - Your private shuttle will pick you up from Blenheim airport and drop you off at your pre booked Picton 4 Star Motel accommodation

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, 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.

Day 3 - Punga Cove 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 - Torea Saddle (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.

You will then be dropped back off at your pre booked Picton accommodation

Day 5 - Your private shuttle will pick you up from your Picton accommodation and drop you back off at Blenheim airport

Departure Dates:

Available daily year round