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Duration:6 days/5 nights
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Living the Experience!


The Queen Charlotte Walk / Cruise is a truly unique and exciting way to explore the treasure that is the Marlborough Sounds, the shining jewel of the South Island of New Zealand.

Join us onboard the small cruising ship the Affinity for a cruise that will leave you with a lifetime of memories and new friends.

The advantages of walking and living aboard Affinity is that your accommodation follows you and is there at the end of your days walk with a hot shower and the same bed. All your meals are cooked for you. If you are going ashore over the lunch period a packed lunch will be sent with you.

You don’t have to worry about your luggage as it is still in your cabin and you have no heavy packs to carry every day.


What's included:
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Luggage transport each day

Please note: The walk/ cruise tour is unguided but full track route and notes are provided.
If you prefer a guided walk, please see our Queen Charlotte Walk page for details.

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Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • Last trip this summer: 20 April 2017

2017 2018 summer
 
  • 1-6 November 2017
  • 1-6 February 2018
  • 15-20 February 2018
  • 12-17 March 2018
  • 13-18 April 2018
 
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Living the Experience!

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The Queen Charlotte Walk is a truly unique and exciting way to explore the treasure that is the Marlborough Sounds, the shining jewel of the South Island of New Zealand.
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Day 1: Picton Ferry Terminal Jetty - 3pm


Welcome aboard for the beginning of your Cruise and Walk  in the Queen Charlotte Sound.Once all passengers are on-board and we've had a safety briefing by the Captain we cruise leisurely into the Sound visiting bays and coves that are not visible from the track, whilst you indulge in some sunset nibbles.
We will then find suitable anchorage in a sheltered bay for the evening and dinner will be served around 7pm.
 


Day 2: Motuara Island, Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet.


After breakfast we cruise towards Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, home to friendly Robins and rare South Island Saddlebacks, here you have the opportunity to go ashore and see these birds as well as amazing views of Queen Charlotte Sound (approximately one hour ashore).

Once back onboard we will cruise to Ship Cove, where the explorer Captain James Cook visited in the 1770's.

From Ship Cove you now head off on the track and walk to Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet being the first section of the track.(Walk time approx 5 hours, 15km). Affinity will be waiting at Endeavour Inlet for your return and we will then find suitable anchorage in a sheltered bay for the evening.
 


Day 3: Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay.


This morning after breakfast you go ashore at Furneaux Lodge and walk to Camp Bay where Affinity will be awaiting your return.(walk time approx 4 hours, 12.7km).

On this section of the track you will follow the coastline as well as walking through regenerating native bush with a predominance of manuka and kanuka with a good range of wildlife.

Once back on board we will cruise around Endeavour Inlet and find a suitable overnight anchorage for the night. If conditions are favorable you might like to try your hand at catching a fish for dinner.
 


Day 4: Camp Bay to Torea Bay


Day Four of the Queen Charlotte Walk provides walkers with more spectacular views as you climb the main ridge between Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds covering a distance of approx 23.7km. Take the time to look back over the distance covered during your walk and take in the breathtaking vistas. 
 


Day 5: Torea Bay - Mistletoe Bay- Anakiwa


Once again after breakfast you go ashore to complete your Queen Charlotte walk. The first part of your day takes you from Torea Bay to Mistletoe Bay , approx 5.6 km over 4 hours.

The two highest points on the way are over 400m. From their summits you get a strong feeling that Kenepuru, Mahau and Queen Charlotte Sounds are indeed the sunken valleys between the peaks and ridges you are walking on.

The final section of the walk through to Anakiwa (approx 4 hours, 13km) follows an old bridle path , through beautiful regeneration and mature native forest alive with Fantails, Waxeyes,Tomtits, Finches and Weka.

Once more your Captain will choose a safe anchorage for the night and you can relax and celebrate your achievements.
 


Day 6:  Anakiwa- Picton


Congratulations you have walked 70 kms on the Queen Charlotte Track.

After breakfast we will leisurely cruise back to Picton (approximate arrival time 10.00am) where the crew will bid you farewell and a safe journey home.

Please note the itinerary is subject to change due to weather/sea conditions and time available.
If you prefer not to walk a day , you are welcome to relax on-board the boat instead.
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Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • Last trip this summer: 20 April 2017

2017 2018 summer
 
  • 1-6 November 2017
  • 1-6 February 2018
  • 15-20 February 2018
  • 12-17 March 2018
  • 13-18 April 2018
 
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Accommodation


Accommodation is onboard the vessel in eight cabins (twin share – bed and bunk or double bed)
  • 3 bathroom facilities, separate ladies and men’s, with a good supply of hot water and these are found on the main deck
  • Air conditioning
  • Spacious vessel both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge area
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Vessel

The vessel Affinity was purpose built in Picton by Carey’s Boatyard for the type of cruising that she does. Affinity has 8 guest cabins, a comfortable lounge for dining and relaxing and a spacious deck.
 
  • The cruise is fully catered for and all linen is supplied
  • Spacious vessel both inside and out, including a comfortable lounge area
  • Lots of interesting books to read, as well as a few board games
  • Easy access both on and off the vessel, and with both platform steps at the stern of the vessel
  • 4-meter inflatable tender for shore excursions and for use when divers are in the water
  • Use of gumboots for on deck and going ashore
  • First aid certificates held by crew members plus an oxygen cylinder onboard
  • Vessel applies with all safety regulations and holds all appropriate licenses


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Food

 
  • 5 Continental Breakfasts – Cereals, fruit, yoghurt, toast and spreads.
  • 5 Lunches – these are packed hikers lunches if you are walking on the track, or if you prefer a rest (non-walking) day, lunch will be served onboard.
  • 5 Pre-Dinner nibbles – Selection of cheese, crackers, chips, dips & dried fruit
  • 5 Dinners – these are generally home style meals of meat and seasonal vegetables, sauces and gravies. Meats are generally; Roasted chicken quarters, baked salmon, steak, corn silverside, tasty casseroles.
  • 5 Desserts – These range from pavlova, apple sponge, fruit salad and ice cream, trifle etc…

Tea, Coffee and Juice are available as well.

If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.

All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.



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General


There are no laundry facilities available. Small items can be hand washed.

Mobile phone coverage: In the Marlborough Sounds coverage is sporadic.

Q. How long have you been operating?
A. Affinity Cruises have been operating since 1996.

Q. What are the cabins like?
A. Seven cabins can be either double (double bed on the bottom with a single bed above the foot) or twin share (two single bunk style beds with the second bed above the foot of the bottom bed). One cabin is either just a single or double, does not have bed across the foot of the other bed.

Q. What bedding / linen is provided?
A. Each bed is made ready for your arrival with sheets and duvets. You are allocated two towels for a seven day cruise, this is to reduce the effect on the environment.

Q. What if I have special dietary requirements?
A. There is a place on the booking form that covers your requirements. We will do our very best to accommodate your requirements but in some cases we may ask you to bring along some of your favourites.

Q. What is there to buy in your on board shop?
A. Items such as T-Shirts, hats, coasters, drink bottles, key rings etc…

Q. I often suffer from seasickness - what can you suggest to help me?
A. Ginger is known to contain properties to alleviate nausea. There is also other options from pharmacies and supermarkets (sea legs tablets, pressure bands etc…) If you are feeling unwell talk to one of the crew as soon as possible.

Q. Am I limited to the amount of luggage I can bring?
A. As there is limited room onboard we recommend 1 medium sized bag per person.

Q. What is the temperature in the Marlborough Sounds?
A. Average temperature over summer in the sounds can range between 20 – 30°c

Q. Is there secure car storage while I am onboard?
A.Yes in Picton please ask for contact details when enquiring.
 
  

Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • Last trip this summer: 20 April 2017

2017 2018 summer
 
  • 1-6 November 2017
  • 1-6 February 2018
  • 15-20 February 2018
  • 12-17 March 2018
  • 13-18 April 2018
 
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2017
  • Last trip this summer: 20 April 2017

2017 2018 summer
 
  • 1-6 November 2017
  • 1-6 February 2018
  • 15-20 February 2018
  • 12-17 March 2018
  • 13-18 April 2018
 
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History

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Queen Charlotte Walk - Free Field and History Guide

On the Queen Charlotte Walk we provide you a comprehensive field and history summary of the area.
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People

Maori first occupied the Sounds 800 years ago, because of the plentiful seafood in the sheltered inlets, as well as abundant numbers of birds. Their permanent villages and fortified pa’s can still be found and seen today. The area was an important trade route long before the inter-island ferries plied its waters.

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Whalers were the first Europeans to arrive. Warmonger and maori chief Te Rauparaha (author of the All Blacks’ haka) spent a lot of time in the region, and ongoing disputes over land rights in the region led to a bloody confrontation between him and a party led by members of The New Zealand Company.


Flora and Fauna


Flora: Most of the Marlborough Sounds have been logged in the past, but there are still some excellent stands of native bush and forest to be seen and enjoyed.

Fauna: Many native birds can still be enjoyed on your journey, tuis, bellbirds, saddlebacks, tomtits and bush robins to name a few. If you are lucky you may also see the little blue penguins frolicking in the calm waters of the sound. King shags, the rarest shag in NZ, may also be seen as they go about their business – precision fishing.

Introduced deer and pigs are also prevalent with the latter causing a lot of damage to pasture and also the many tracks in the area.

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Industry

Today the main industries in the area are tourism and marine farming in the form of salmon and green lipped mussels.

Farming and forestry are also prominent.

Dates For Next Summer

2017
  • Last trip this summer: 20 April 2017

2017 2018 summer
 
  • 1-6 November 2017
  • 1-6 February 2018
  • 15-20 February 2018
  • 12-17 March 2018
  • 13-18 April 2018
 
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