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In May, Back Track Adventures are venturing across the pond to share the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds and we want you to join us! We’ll be starting out from Christchurch enjoying the beauty of the rugged coast of the South Island as we journey towards the world renowned Marlborough region.
On our five-day guided walk the hiking is exhilarating and even better when staying each night at our handpicked lodges enjoying the best of NZ gourmet food and wine each night! In the middle of the trip you have the bonus of a day’s rest to put your feet up, read a book or join us for a guided sea kayak tour (additional cost). At the end of the walk we take some time to explore the towns and vineyards of Marlborough region before returning to Christchurch.
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Transfer from Christchurch Aiport to PictonThis afternoon we drive north along the beautiful eastern coast to Picton. Overnight Picton.
Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet via Motuara IslandThe walk begins! We depart our Picton accommodation this morning on a boat trip to Motuara Island with a tour en route to Ship Cove. Learn about the fascinating marine life of this area along the way and, if we are lucky, see dolphins as well! Enjoy a short walk on Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary to the lookout – this affords spectacular 360 degree views of the Marlborough Sounds – and encounter many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species including the South Island Saddleback (Tieke). Arrive late morning at Ship Cove to begin the Queen Charlotte Track. This scenic and historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s as well as being a site of significance for local Maori. Bush is mainly a mixture of stunning podocarp and beech forest with punga ferns and other New Zealand native foliage. This day is regarded as the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track. Your walk concludes at the historic Furneaux Lodge. NB. The visit to Motuara Island is weather dependent – there is no shelter on the island (nor a toilet). (L, D)
Endeavour Inlet to Mahana LodgeToday’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Mahana Lodge through mostly regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. From Furneaux Lodge, the track continues through native bush and over a small swing bridge to the head of Endeavour Inlet. Pause there to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay where pristine native beech forest awaits before working your way towards Camp Bay and Punga Cove. Five minutes on from there is your accommodation for the evening at Mahana Lodge. (B, L, D)
Mahana Lodge to Torea Bay/The Portage HotelA challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Mahana Lodge & Torea Saddle. Truly grand views abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Stare in awe at the sunken river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds from the iconic Eatwell’s Lookout. 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. Those who feel like a day’s rest today can opt for a boat ride around the bays’ of the Queen Charlotte Sound. NB. Optional boat trip available to Portage Hotel today for non-walkers (additional cost). (B, L, D)
Rest Day at The Portage HotelToday is your chance to rejuvenate and relax for the day. We can arrange guided sea kayaking if you would like to see the Marlborough Sounds from a different perspective today – or simply put your feet up and read a book. Lunch is not included today unless on an organised tour that has been pre-arranged. (B, D)
Torea Bay/The Portage Hotel to AnakiwaFarewell Portage and 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. Take time for a photo stop at the picturesque Davies Bay – you won’t want the journey to end. Today we return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty back to Picton by late afternoon. Tonight we have a group dinner to celebrate our great achievement! (B, L, D)
PictonToday we have a relaxing start to the day, giving you time to check out the picturesque port town of Picton. This afternoon we head out to enjoy an afternoon of discovering more of the Marlborough region and what they have become famous for – wine! Overnight in Picton
Picton to ChristchurchToday we will transfer back to Christchurch for to enjoy more of the South Island or journey home.
- 3 nights Picton accommodation twin-share
- Whilst walking – 4 nights superior, seaview twin share accommodation with own private ensuite – Suite at Furneaux, Lodge Ensuite at Mahana Lodge and 2 nights Suite at Portage Resort
- All meals whilst walking (except lunch on rest day)
- A complimentary glass of wine with evening meal or other beverage whilst walking
- Local NZ Guide for Queen Charlotte Walk
- Back Track Adventures leader throughout
- All land and water transfers
- Luggage transfers during walk
- Group Dinner in Picton
- Half-day Marlborough Wine tour
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