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.
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.
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
More info on The Queen Charlotte Track
Queen Charlotte TrackThe iconic Queen Charlotte Track, stretching from Ship Cove to Anakiwa, is a journey from past to present, via panoramic ocean views, thriving native bush and encounters with the likes of weka, fantail, wood pigeon and even seals.
Getting there & away
Lodges and resortsNew Zealand is spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful walks, but when you find a beautiful walk with beautiful accommodation as well, you are in for a real treat. Whether you’re camping or planning a night of luxury you’re going to love your nights on the track.