Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Premier Freedom Walk
The Premier package combines the best lodge and luxury hotel-style accommodation available combined with luggage transfers, all meals including daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups. The ultimate independent way to enjoy this track experience. This can also be arranged as a 5 day option where you enjoy a rest day at Lochmara Lodge
Like the idea of having everything arranged for you and staying in superb accommodation but still walking independently? Our Premier package combines the best lodge and luxury hotel-style accommodation available combined with luggage transfers, all meals including daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups.
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 Furneaux Lodge (approx. 14km/5 hours)
We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join Beachcomber Cruises service to Ship Cove where your walk begins. 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 of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track proper
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 - Furneaux lodge to 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, 15 minutes on from there, Mahana Homestead
Accommodation - Mahana Lodge
Mahana Lodge is nestled in the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, on the Queen Charlotte Track far from the hustle and bustle of city life. 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 to the purpose built lodge with four new ensuite rooms and shared guest lounge. Visit the extensive organic vegetable garden, enjoy free range eggs and test your hosts' knowledge of the local flora and fauna - you won't be disappointed! A stay at Mahana while walking the Queen Charlotte Track is always memorable . . . people search the world over for a respite such as this . .
Day 3 - Mahana Lodge to Torea Bay – Lochmara Lodge (approx. 8 hours/24.5km)
It’s a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Mahana Lodge & Torea Bay. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. At different times you can see both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds as you walk. This is a truly spectacular section of the track. Beachcomber Cruises Water Taxi will meet you at Torea Bay and will bring you to around to Lochmara Lodge at the end of the day.
Accommodation – Lochmara Lodge
Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Lochmara Lodge features quality accommodation as well as aviaries and enclosures with endangered species, an organic vegetable garden and orchard, educational signage, sculpture trail and art gallery.
Day 4 - Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa (approx 6 hours)
Leaving Lochmara Lodge you will ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views back towards Picton as well as into the turquoise waters of the Kenepuru Sound. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale after four days of walking. You won’t want the journey to end. Today you return by boat from the Outward Bound wharf in Anakiwa by joining Beachcomber Cruises service back to Picton and your transport back to your Picton accommodation.
If you chose the 5 day option, you will enjoy a rest day at Lochmara Lodge and then complete the walk on day 5. A great way to recharge your batteries, enjoy some kayaking, or indulge with a relaxing massage.
Price $1650NZ per person and includes:
- Daily departures from October to April subject to accommodation availability - min. two persons
- 3 nights lodge/luxury hotel-style private twin share/double ensuite accommodation (Furneaux Lodge, Mahana Lodge and Lochmara Lodge)
- Meal inclusions: Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included at all lodges. Beverages are additional.
- Water transport to and from track
- Water taxi from Torea Bay to Lochmara Bay
- Luggage transfers
- Transfers to and from Picton accommodation to water taxi
- Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass
- Information pack incl. track guide
- Single room occupancy available on request - supplement of $545NZ applies
- Add on 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)