Queen Charlotte Track
The Queen Charlotte Track is New Zealand's most diverse coastal walk set in the geologically unique Marlborough Sounds. Stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, this undulating trail features remnants of virgin native bush with a sea view around almost every corner.
Here tracts of centuries old virgin native bush mingle with regenerating forest and there is a sea view around almost every corner.
The Marlborough Sounds is a unique geological feature where the mountains meet the sea in a claw-like network of sunken river valleys, seen best from Eatwells Lookout.
There is Maori and European history in abundance including historic Ship Cove, start of the track and where English explorer and navigator Captain Cook made his base in 1770.
Accommodation options for everyone
The range of accommodation is impressive and water taxi services with overnight bag transfers means only a day pack is required.
The Queen Charlotte Track is in the Marlborough Sounds, at the south-eastern tip of the South Island. It can be walked year round although in winter reduced accommodation options are available. The variety of accommodation is extensive – from Department of Conservation campsites to backpackers, homestays, hotels and deluxe lodges.
New Zealand Walks is the definitive online travel guide to booking your guided or independent walk on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds.
Photo credits: Wilderness Guides