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Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....

Queen Charlotte Track
and Marlborough Wineries.

Combining the world renowned Marlborough wine region with the stunning scenery of the Marlborough Sounds Maritime Park and one of New Zealands Great Walks, The Queen Charlotte Track on a 4 day independent Premier Walk.

This short break is planned for 6 days but this can easily be customised to suit the time you have available and any other requirements you may have. It can be taken as a short break or added into your New Zealand holiday itinerary.

Included are:

Itinerary Details:

Day 1 - Arrive Picton and stay overnight
McCormick House Picton

Today starts with travelling to Picton, getting to Picton can be by scheduled coach travel, Interislander Ferry from Wellington, direct flights to Blenheim from Wellington and Auckland, or by car. If you are planning on a rental car, pick up/drop off points within 2 hours is Nelson and Blenheim Airports. Upon arrival in Picton check in to your accommodation then later this afternoon a Queen Charlotte Track briefing.

Accommodation & meals

McCormick House - breakfast included.

Day 2 – Taste Marlborough Wine Tour
Marlborough wine tasting

Indulge your senses with our very special Taste Marlborough Wine Tour, a full day exploring behind the scenes of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region.

On this intimate wine tour, you’ll visit a select number of Marlborough wineries where you’ll taste award-winning Marlborough wines, explore beautiful Marlborough vineyards and enjoy a winery lunch (cost not included)

More information on The Taste Marlborough Wine Tour.

Accommodation & meals

McCormick House - breakfast included.

Day 3 – Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet
Water Taxi Ship Cove

We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk begins. 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.

Walking: 15km approx 5 hours.

Accommodation & meals

Furneaux Lodge - Endeavour Suite - Lunches and dinners are included, a complimentary drink upon arrival, all other beverages at own cost.

Day 4 – Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove
Queen Charlotte Track Walk

Today’s coastal walk takes you from Furneaux Lodge to Camp Bay 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 to Camp Bay. Mahana Lodge is a further 5 minutes.

Walking: 11.5km approx 4 hours.

Accommodation & meals

Mahana Lodge - Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included, a complimentary drink upon arrival, all other beverages at own cost.

Day 5 – Camp Bay to Lochmara Bay
Lochmara_lodge

A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & 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. At the end of today's walk catch the waiting water taxi to your night's accommodation at Lochmara Lodge. NB. Optional boat trip available to Lochmara Lodge today for non-walkers (additional cost).

Walking: 23km approx 8 hours.

Accommodation & meals

Lochmara Lodge - Karakiki Suite - Breakfast, lunches and dinners are included, a complimentary drink upon arrival, all other beverages at own cost.

Day 6 – Portage or Lochmara to Anakiwa
Waterfall Queen Charlotte Track

Farewell Lochmara Lodge 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 you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton, arriving back to Wilderness Guides HQ by late afternoon.

Walking: 16km approx 6 hours.

Meals

Breakfast and lunches only included.

OPTIONS
Marlborough Sounds kayaking

We have based this short break on the 4 day Premier Queen Charlotte Track Walk, the alternative options are:

Further options include adding or substituting a sea kayaking day. Adding a rest day at one of the lodges in the Marlborough Sounds.

About

This holiday can be customised to suit your interests, golf, wine, hiking, art, culture... just let us know. You can also have all or part of this holiday combined with a holiday in New Zealand. Price will be determined by accommodation choices, activities to include and flight costs. Please contact us for more information, we are here to help you get the very best from your trip.

New Zealand Australian Holidays
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Oropi Downs
Tauranga
New Zealand
Phone: +64 (07) 577 1434
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