Mahana Lodge
Eatwells lookout
  • Length

    72km / 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 72km 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

72km one way

Duration: 3-5 days
Grade: Easier Tramping Track

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

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QCTrack Inc

  1. Bike Ship Cove to Camp Bay
  2. Bike Camp Bay to Torea Saddle
  3. Bike Torea Saddle to Anakiwa
  4. Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet
  5. Walk Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay
  6. Walk Camp Bay to Torea Saddle
  7. Walk Torea Saddle to Mistletoe Bay
  8. Walk Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa
  9. Ship Cove Waterfall Track
  10. Antimony Mines short walk
  11. Mistletoe Bay short walks
Mondo Kopua

Mondo Kopua Biking enthusiast

“The thing I love about Marlborough, which you see when you cycle it, is the diversity of the landscape. We’ve got high country like up the Awatere Valley, then the Richmond Range, the Marlborough Sounds and all the rivers. Personally I’m an open country, high country farm sort of person. I love getting up in the hills.”

My insider guide to Marlborough

Bike Ship Cove to Camp Bay

**Queen Charlotte Track Disruption.**

23rd August 2022

The Queen Charlotte Track was impacted by the recent significant weather event which hit Nelson and Marlborough. This event saw a considerable amount of rain over a 48 hour period causing slips and damage to the track and it’s surrounds.

The track, 72 km in length and popular with both walkers and cyclists, will require repairs as a result. The Department of Conservation completed a full assessment post the weather event, identifying parts of the track that will require maintenance.

The required maintenance will restrict access to small sections of the track with both walkers and cyclist diverted from accessing these sections until such time as the repairs have been completed. This will disrupt those planning to walk or cycle the track during this time. To keep up to date with track restrictions visit www.DOC.GOVT.NZ and search Queen Charlotte Track. This site will be regularly updated. If you are planning a trip to complete the Queen Charlotte Track in the near future, please get in contact with your booking agent, local operator or the Picton i-SITE for any additional information.


Put your bike on a boat and enjoy the hour-long cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound, spotting dolphins, seals and seabirds along the way.

Your destination is Ship Cove, one of Captain Cook’s favourite anchorages, and a meeting place of two cultures. It’s worth spending some time to explore the beautiful bay and read some of its unique history.

That’s also an excuse to delay the inevitable steep climb up out of the cove. Once you’re at the top it’s a rattling and exhilarating ride down, over rock, mud, brook and tree root. Alternatively, you can skip the steep hill by starting at Resolution Bay.

There's a range of accommodation from lodges to campsites, and even a selection of bars and restaurants. Treat yourself to a crisp glass of Marlborough wine or craft beer as reward for your first day’s ride.

Take a plunge in the sea, a soak in the hot tub, and prepare for your next day’s ride.


Approx 5 hr, 26.5 km


Intermediate – Advanced (Grade 3-4)


This section of the track is open to mountain biking from 1 March to 30 November each year.

Pick up / Drop off points

Ship Cove, Resolution Bay, Endeavour Inlet, Punga Cove


Ship Cove, Schoolhouse Bay campsite, Tawa Saddle, Endeavour Inlet, Camp Bay campsite


Ship Cove, Schoolhouse Bay campsite, Camp Bay campsite


Schoolhouse Bay campsite (DOC), Miners Camp, Madsen’s Camp, Camp Bay campsite (DOC)

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