Picton - Picton
total time: 6 days
The Queen Charlotte Track is located in the top of the South Island, set amongst the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough’s mild temperatures mean the track is suitable to walk year round.
The Queen Charlotte Track is one of Department of Conservation's (DOC) Manaaki Trails, meaning it can be walked as a hosted journey with an experienced local guide. As a hosted journey visitors enjoy delicious food, quality accommodation and luggage transfers.
Visitors also have the option to walk the track independently, staying at one of the many acccommodation providers along the track.
Most walkers will complete the track in four or five days, but it is possible to finish in three days. This itinerary will focus on the four day independant option. For clients who just want a taste of the track it is possible to enjoy a single day walk or overnight stay in one of the eco resorts, B&Bs, motels or luxury lodges along the track.
Mountain biking is also possible for clients who’d prefer to explore the track on two wheels. However note the section between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle is closed to bikes from 01 December to 28 February each year.
Part of the track passes through private land, between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa. Walkers and mountain bikers must purchase a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (QCTLC) Pass to access this part of the track. For clients taking a guided walk this pass will be arranged for them. If your clients are walking independently they will need to purchase it directly in Picton or from an accommodation provider along the track