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Queen Charlotte Track day walks

Take a bite of the 72km long Queen Charlotte Track on a day walk.

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The Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds is a renowned outdoor adventure destination in New Zealand.

The Queen Charlotte Track is a true gem for nature lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers alike. Whether you choose to walk or bike it, you're in for an unforgettable experience filled with natural beauty and outdoor exploration in the Marlborough Sounds.

You can set out from Anakiwa and walk to Davies Bay and back or walk to the Mistletoe Bay Eco Village for a water taxi pick up.

For a longer stretch, walk 20km to Lochmara Lodge. Alternatively, talk to boat operators who can drop you at one point of the track in the morning, and pick you up from another in the afternoon.


1-5 hours




Private transport
Anakiwa, Mistletoe Saddle, Torea Saddle and Kenepuru Saddle are all accessible by road. Anakiwa, Mistletoe Bay, Torea Bay, Camp Bay, Endeavour Inlet, Resolution Bay and Meretoto/Ship Cove can be accessed by sea. Many of the short walks can be enjoyed from these places.

Transport operators
A number of companies offer boat transport to and from points along the track, including Meretoto/Ship Cove. Regular and on-demand bus services link Anakiwa with Picton.

Many jetties in the Sounds, such as the Outward Bound New Zealand one at Anakiwa, are privately owned. Boat owners can use them for picking up and dropping off passengers and luggage only. Do not tie up or leave your boat unattended at any jetty in the Sounds. 


Pass required: A Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass is required for all Q.C.T.L.C. private land between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa

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