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

Guide

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

Walking
Duration: 3-5 days
Grade: Easier Tramping Track

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

  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

Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet

The Queen Charlotte Track journey begins with a scenic boat ride from Picton to Ship Cove, so grab a coffee, step on board and enjoy a cruise through the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound.

When you arrive at Captain Cook’s favourite New Zealand anchorage, take time to check out information boards describing its unique history

Luggage can be left on board the boat and delivered to your accommodation, or carried if you want to work a bit harder.

The track climbs steeply through beautiful bush with a vibrant birdlife, up to a lookout point at the saddle.

From there you’ll drop to Resolution Bay where there is a range of private accommodation and a DOC campsite. Or continue your walk to Endeavour Inlet where the track follows an old bridle path over the ridge and into Endeavour Inlet.

At the shoreline you’ll find information on the antimony mining here in the late 1880s. There’s also an optional short walk to the area where mining took place.

Distance

Distance: 15km
Approx Time: 5 hr

Water Taxi Points

Ship Cove, Resolution Bay, Endeavour Inlet

Camping

Schoolhouse Bay campsite (DOC), Miners Camp

Toilets

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

Water

Ship Cove, Schoolhouse Bay campsite

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