Queen Charlotte Track Five Day Classic Guided Walk
The Five Day Classic Guided Walk allows you to enjoy the track with the knowledge and help of your guide and includes a rest day along the way to recharge the batteries!
After an exhilarating walk each day, at night you come to rest at an upmarket accommodation complete with gourmet restaurant, fine wines and a superb setting. The Classic way to walk this track and enjoy a rest day at one of the lodges too.
NB. A pre-tour briefing is conducted the day prior to departure. Details will be forwarded with your booking confirmation.
Day 1 - Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet
(approx. 5 hours/14km)
We will collect you 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 we are lucky, see dolphins as well! Enjoy a short warm up walk on Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary to the lookout – this affords 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 our 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.
Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge
Furneaux Lodge comprises of the original homestead, restaurant, bar, fully self-contained chalets and upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting. Furneaux Lodge has an excellent restaurant for dinner and breakfasts.
Day 2 - Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove
(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, Punga Cove.
Accommodation – Punga Cove
Nestled amidst the native bush, Punga Cove’s well-appointed individual chalets are a welcome respite. The gourmet restaurant with its impressive view caps off a perfect day and is also open for breakfasts overlooking the bay.
Day 3 - Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/Lochmara Lodge
(approx. 8 hours/22.5km)
NB. Optional boat trip available to Lochmara Lodge for non-walkers (at own cost)
A challenging day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner - a wonderful reward indeed. At the end of the day, you will be met by a water taxi to transfer you around from Torea Bay to Lochmara Bay and Lochmara Lodge.
Accommodation - Lochmara Lodge
Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound is the Marlborough Sounds only Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre. Built by Marlborough locals Shayne Olsen and Louise Bright, since 1997 Lochmara Lodge has achieved national and international recognition as one of the best places to stay in New Zealand.
One aspect that has remained constant over that time is the owners continued dedication towards art, conservation and education. This is a place where visitors can learn, interact and appreciate New Zealands flora, fauna and art, while still offering a unique accommodation experience in beautiful ensuite units with seaviews. Set in 11 acres, the property features aviaries and enclosures with endangered species breeding programs, organic vegetable garden and orchard, educational signage, sculpture trail and art gallery. It also now has its very own fully licensed café and restaurant, where the cuisine is based on sustainability. The cuisine is simple, rustic and full of flavour, using ingredients that truly give you a taste of this beautiful environment, the Marlborough Sounds.
Day 4 - Rest Day at Lochmara Lodge
A wonderful chance to explore the grounds or relax in one of the many hidden hammocks (lunch not included on your rest day). A Guided Sea Kayaking tour can also be arrnaged on your rest day - please enquire for more details.
Day 5 - Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa
(approx. 7 hours/20.5km)
Farewell Lochmara Lodge 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 by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton to complete your journey.
$2420NZ per person (based on twin share)
- 4 nights superior, seaview twin share/double accommodation with own private ensuite (studio at Furneaux Lodge, Chalet at Punga Cove and Chalet at Lochmara Lodge)
- All meals – three course high quality restaurant dining plus complimentary glass of wine each evening
- Packed lunch each walking day.
- Guiding services.
- Water transport to and from track.
- Water taxi between Torea Bay and Lochmara Lodge
- Luggage transfers.
- Picton accommodation transfers to and from water taxi.
- Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass.
- Single room occupancy an additional $575NZ
- Child rate $1350NZ (3-12 years).
Available on the following 2019/2020 departure dates:
October 2019 - 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
November 2019 - 5, 12, 19 and 26
December 2019 - 3, 10, 17 and 27 (Friday)
January 2020 - 2 (Thursday), 7, 14, 21 and 28
February 2020 - 4, 11, 18 and 25
March 2020 - 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
April 2020 - 7, 14, 21 and 28