The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - TRAVEL -

Seek­ing di­verse scenery? The Marl­bor­ough Re­gion’s Queen Char­lotte Track ticks all the boxes. Lo­cated in the tran­quil Marl­bor­ough Sounds on the South Is­land, this 70km hike cov­ers pub­lic and pri­vate land and weaves through lush for­est and along

some of the This easy 8km walk just 40 min­utes’ drive from Christchurch on the South Is­land’s east coast is a must-do. The steep track of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views to the Banks Penin­sula and be­yond, and round­ing the head­land takes you past the Godley Head Gun Em­place­ments and Lyt­tel­ton Har­bour. Keep an eye out for dol­phins, seals and whales. Al­low three hours to com­plete the walk at a gen­tle pace. Visit ccc.govt.nz re­gion’s most stun­ning coast­line. The best ac­cess point is at Pic­ton, a tiny sea­side vil­lage at the South Is­land’s north­ern tip, just 20 min­utes’ drive from Blen­heim. SAVE: Pri­vate land fees cost $16 for a five-day pass and you can stay at one of the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion ( DOC) camp­sites along the track for just $ 5 per per­son per night. Visit doc.govt.nz SPLURGE: If camp­ing isn’t re­ally your thing, a four-day ‘clas­sic guided walk’ with ac­com­mo­da­tion in pri­vate digs will set you back about $1824 per per­son, in­clud­ing meals and trans­fers. Visit queen char­lot­te­track nz.co.nz

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