Walk New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track

4 Days | An idyllic adventure through the tip of New Zealand’s South Island

4.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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NZD $1,848
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With a soundtrack of bellbirds and a backdrop of the stunning Marlborough Sounds, hiking the Queen Charlotte Track is an experience like no other. Over four days you’ll join an expert local leader as you walk past secluded bays, picturesque coves and native forest, learning about the area’s Maori and European history as you go. But hiking through wild scenery doesn’t mean sacrificing creature comforts – end each day at fabulous lodge accommodation with modern amenities, a perfect way to recharge your batteries. In a country full of views to take your breath away, this corner of New Zealand might just top the list.

Trip overview

Map of Walk New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track including New Zealand
Start
Picton, New Zealand
Finish
Picton, New Zealand
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
New Zealand
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
PHXQ
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Hike sections of the Queen Charlotte Track with an expert local leader, weaving through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island while learning about its history.
  • Venture from the historic site at Meretoto to the beautiful Endeavour Inlet where you’ll have the chance to explore the bay in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard.
  • Wander along the coastline through gorgeous native bush and listen for the calls of fantails and bellbirds before arriving at the picturesque seaside settlement of Punga Cove.
  • The scenery may be wild but your accommodation couldn’t be more comfortable – rest your head each night in well positioned lodges with modern amenities.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Itinerary

Map of Walk New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track including New Zealand

Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle, Water Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Activities
  • Resolution Bay - Picnic Lunch
  • Resolution Bay - Meretoto to Endeavour Inlet Track
  • Punga Cove - Big Bay to Punga Cove Track
  • Portage Bay - Packed Lunch
  • Portage Bay - Kenepuru Saddle to Portage Bay Track

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Important notes

START & END TIME
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 8:30am on Day 1 at Cougar Line at Picton Marina on the corner of London Quay & Wellington Street under the 3 purple flags. It is very important you will be at the meeting point on time as the group will take a ferry to Meretoto at 9:30am. Please note, departures from May to September will run on Winter ferry timetable, therefore the welcome meeting will start at 8am with a ferry departure at 9am. You are expected to arrive back in Picton on Day 4 in the mid-afternoon.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available for this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 10 reviews submitted.
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Janina · Traveled February 2023
An organised tour with Intrepid was a great way to hike the Queen Charlotte. Having a guide provided a level of confidence as it's been a while since I've done any multi-day hiking. Accommodation, transport and some meals were sorted so nothing to do but turn up and walk.
Review submitted 03 Mar 2023

Rhiannon · Traveled February 2023
This is an excellent walk and felt pretty manageable (day 3 was quite long but definitely doable). You get a great range of scenery and it’s totally hassle free! Would 10/10 recommend
Review submitted 04 Mar 2023

Ailin · Traveled November 2022
Breathtaking views coupled with a well executed itinerary create an uplifting and unforgettable experience.
Review submitted 14 Nov 2022

Kath · Traveled November 2022
This trip offers the best of the NZ outdoors whilst walking in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. Listening to the birdsong in the forest, watching (and potentially swimming with) dolphins, seals and stingrays, from a nature perspective this trip has it all. Then add in top-notch accommodation, stunning views everywhere you look, excellent food and wine, what more could you ask for on an Intrepid trip!
Review submitted 19 Nov 2022

Bruce · Traveled November 2022
The trip was well organised and our guide ‘Snowy’ was great company who took the time to interact well with everyone. We had a great mix of people. The walk is challenging but comfortable and the accommodation is great. Only gripe is the Lodges need to invest in fans for warmer months.
Review submitted 14 Nov 2022
Walk New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track
From
NZD $1,848