Queen Charlotte Track . . . Here We Come!
where you can create memories in your own style and at a budget that suits your wallet.
The track can be walked year-round thanks to that great Marlborough Sounds’ climate with the most popular season being from November to May.
It is also a popular trail for mountain bikers with some sections open all year to enjoy.
The majority of visitors access the track by boat from the port of Picton but day walks are available where the road meets the track Above left: Queen Charlotte Track Inc. chair Rob Burn (pictured) plans to ‘walk the talk’ this winter and get out in his own backyard. Below right: Water taxi options provide access to the start at Meretoto/Ship Cove and end at Anakiwa, adding to the experience. such as at Anakiwa, Torea Bay and Te Mahia Saddle.
You can camp at Department of Conservation campsites, private campsites and farm stays, or opt for accommodation in backpackers, home stays, bed and breakfasts, retreats and lodges or hotels along the way all while taking advantage of the water transport services which allow your luggage to be transferred each day.
Cook for yourself or take the night off, if staying at or near accommodation with restaurants. Many of the smaller lodges offer catering options too.
For those with a little more time, or seeking something a little different, there are many other activities that can be enjoyed along the way. These include swimming, fishing, sailing, sea kayaking, bird and dolphin watching, diving and historic side trips. Glow-worm grottos add to the nightlife.
There are guided and unguided packaged walking options available too and both can have their packs carried for them from any of the access points along the track by arrangement with transport operators.
The sheer pleasure of arriving or departing the track by sea adds to the experience and with its historic interest and many comfortable accommodation houses along the way serving good food and wine, it could easily be called the ‘gourmet’s trail’.
Come and experience the breathtaking ridge top panoramas of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds and enjoy the company of friendly hosts and superb food and wine.
For more information on how to book your ‘summer holiday’ see the official track website at www. qctrack.co.nz