Eatwell's Lookout, Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough New Zealand
  • Length

    70km / 43miles

  • Type

    Walk or Mountain Bike

  • Stay

    Lodges, B&B's, campsites

  • Cost

    Track Pass Required


Queen Charlotte Track

The 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.

The 70km Queen Charlotte Track offers a rich history, incredible scenery and the freedom to walk or mountain bike without heavy gear with a network of water taxis available to transfer you to and from the track, and transfer your gear to your accommodation each night.

A full range of accommodation options are available, including luxury water's edge resorts, lodges, holiday houses, backpackers and campsites.

The track is relatively easy walking, taking 3 to 5 days depending on how far you want to walk each day, and is a fantastic mountain bike ride, over 2 to 3 days. The full track is open to mountain biking from 1 March to 30 November each year, with some sections closed outside of these dates. If time doesn't allow you to complete the full track, take a water taxi out and complete just a section from a few hours to a couple of days.

Track Overview

70km one way

Duration: 3-5 days
Grade: Easier Tramping Track

Mountain Biking
Duration: 2-3 days
Grade: Intermediate (Grade 3) / Advanced (Grade 4)

Walk Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa

It’s a lovely final day to Anakiwa, beginning with old bridle paths along the edge of the hills.

The track descends to the Department of Conservation campsite at Davies Bay, from where there’s an easy hour’s walk left, through mature beech forest to Anakiwa.

If you’ve organised a boat or bus pick up, they will meet you here.

As parts of this section cross over private land, you'll need to purchase a Track Pass from the Picton, Blenheim or Havelock i-SITE Visitor Information Centres beforehand.


Distance: 12.5km
Approx Time: 4hr

Water Taxi Points

Mistletoe Bay, Waterfall Bay, Anakiwa


Mistletoe Bay Eco Village, Davies Bay campsite (DOC)


Mistletoe Bay Eco Village, Davies Bay campsite, Anakiwa


Davies Bay campsite

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