Queen Char­lotte Track . . . Here We Come!

Walking New Zealand - - Queen Charlotte Track -

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

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