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Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Gourmet Guided Walk

Duration:4.0 day(s)
Walk:Queen Charlotte Track
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The Four Day Gourmet Guided Walk is the classic way to enjoy this track along with the support, knowledge and guidance of your local guide.

Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Gourmet Guided Walk
  • Package Details

    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.

  • Itinerary

    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 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 2000 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 1769.  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/11.5km)

    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/22.5km)

    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.

  • Pricing

    $1995NZ per person (based on twin share) 

    Inclusions: 

    • Pre trip briefing in Picton
    • 3 nights seaview twin share/double accommodation with own private ensuite (Suite at Furneaux Lodge, Private Room at Mahana Lodge and Tui Terrace at Portage Resort)
    • All meals – three course high quality restaurant dining plus complimentary glass of wine each evening
    • Packed lunch each day
    • Full guiding services
    • Water transport to and from track (Picton to Ship Cove and Anakiwa to Picton)
    • Luggage transfers
    • Picton accommodation transfers to and from the water taxi
    • Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass.
    • Single room occupancy an additional $495NZ
    • Child rate $1250NZ (3-12 years) (based on the child sharing a room with 2 paying adults)
    • Generally departing each Tuesday through the season from October to April (exceptions to this are noted below)

     

    Available on the following 2020/2021 departure dates:

    October 2020 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

    November 2020 – 3, 10, 17 and 24

    December 2020 – 1, 8, 20 (Sunday) and 29

    January 2021 – 5, 12, 19 and 26

    February 2021 – 2, 9, 16 and 23

    March 2021 - 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

    April 2021 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

  • Departure Dates

    Available on the following 2020/2021 departure dates:

    October 2020 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

    November 2020 – 3, 10, 17 and 24

    December 2020 – 1, 8, 20 (Sunday) and 29

    January 2021 – 5, 12, 19 and 26

    February 2021 – 2, 9, 16 and 23

    March 2021 - 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

    April 2021 – 6, 13, 20 and 27

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