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Queen Charlotte Walk

Start:PictonTours run:November - April (Sundays - fortnightly)
End:Picton
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Duration:4 days/3 nights
US$1,660.75
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There Is Not Too Much That Can Beat This Experience!
 

Tucked away at the top of the South Island is the hidden gem that is the Marlborough Sounds.

Formed over 10,000 years ago after the last ice age when sea levels rose and drowned a series of deep valleys, the Marlborough Sounds consists of three main bodies of water (Pelorus, Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds) and a number of secluded bays, coves and sandy inlets, making it one of the best places in New Zealand for exploring the outdoors, on land and water.

Departing from Picton your water taxi will drop you at Ship Cove and the start of your Queen Charlotte Walk. Ship Cove was the base for Captain James Cook’s visit to the sounds in the 1770’s and it was here he discovered scurvy grass, high in vitamin C.

The walking track runs almost the entire length of the Queen Charlotte Sound, from Ship Cove to Anakiwa over 70km. The terrain is considered undulating, with hills rising from sea level to 400 metres at the highest point. Accompanied by a local walking guide, you will enjoy learning of the early whalers and sealers and in more recent times, the farmers and fisher folk that make their living from the land and the ocean.  Experience the grandeur of ridge-top views over the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds, lush coastal forest teeming with ferns and native birdlife and the challenge of a good days walking, with the promise of a comfortable bed and a sumptuous dinner at the end of each day.

The Queen Charlotte Walk includes all meals, accommodation in quality boutique lodges and B&B’s, water taxi transport, track passes and the services of a knowledgeable local guide throughout. You only walk with a day pack each day and your luggage is waiting for you on arrival at your accommodation each evening. Experience the beauty of the majestic Marlborough Sounds with us, in comfort and style, on the Queen Charlotte Walk.

What's included - All accommodation - All meals - Fully guided - Free Tuatara Tours kit bag - Luggage transport each day - Walking Poles - Comprehensive safety systems.

Please note: The Queen Charlotte Walk  tour is fully guided. 

If you prefer an unguided walk, please see our Queen Charlotte Walk/ Cruise page for details.


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  • Contrasting landscapes
  • Crystal blue water
  • History
  • Tranquility
  • Food to die for

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2017

  • 12 November 2017
  • 17 December 2017

2018

  • 7 January 2018
  • 21 January 2018
  • 4 February 2018
  • 25 February 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 25 March 2018
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Queen Charlotte Walkers said:


"The high standard is very much appreciated."
Stuart and Leigh,Queensland, November 2016
 

“So pleased to have chosen Tuatara Tours from initial contact to last minute of the walk"
Judith and Frank, Victoria, December 2016
 

“We will be recommending Tuatara Tours to our bush walking friends"
Terry and Lucinda, ACT,  
December 2016

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Tours run:November - April (Sundays - fortnightly)
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The Queen Charlotte Walkway 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. Queen Charlotte Walkway Tourlargemap

 

Day 1: Picton to Endeavour Inlet  -  15km


Day One of The Queen Charlotte Walk leads walkers from Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet, a walk through virgin beech forest and bush, taking approximately 5 hours. From Ship Cove the track ascends and provides walkers with amazing views down into Resolution Bay and surrounding areas. If visibility is good, views as far as the Kapiti Islands and the North Island are able to be seen. Following the track along the Tawa Saddle, gives way to further astounding views of the Endeavour Inlet. A short descent through magnificent native bush and crystal clear streams and then on to the shore line that leads you to your first nights accommodation.

Relax and unwind in this picturesque setting and enjoy dinner with your fellow walkers.
 


Day 2: Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay  -  11.5km


Day Two of the Queen Charlotte Walk is a relatively gentle day covering a distance of 11.5kms and takes approximately 4 hours. Walkers will follow the track from Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay. Following mainly coastal tracks you will walk around the inlet through the native bush to the delightful sounds of fantails and bellbirds.

Endeavour Head has a colourful history dating back to the 1880’s. It was originally a mining site of stibnite – an essential component of antimony used to produce pewter and harden steel. The mine employed over 400 people.

Walkers then pass through Big Bay and onto Camp Bay where Day Two ends. Spend the night relaxing in this idyllic spot.
 


Day 3: Camp Bay to Raetihi Lodge  -  25km


Day Three is a demanding day, as you walk up to Kenepuru Saddle and follow the undulating ridgeline track for the remainder of the day. A challenging walk, taking approximately 8 hours, walkers are well rewarded by the breathtaking panoramic views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

You will take a short water taxi ride across Keneperu Sound to your 3rd nights accommodation.

The accommodation for evening is the delightful, well established Raetihi Lodge with majestic views and excellent cuisine.
 


Day 4: Raetihi Lodge to Anakiwa  -  20km


You will take a short water taxi ride across Keneperu Sound to start the final day of your Queen Charlotte walk

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 18kms, on your way to Anakiwa. 

Take the time to look back over the distance covered during your walk and take in the breathtaking vistas. 

Continue following old bridle paths through regenerating forest that is home to fantails, weka, wax eyes and many more native New Zealand birds. 

Finally, your adventure ends with a gentle 3km walk through the magnificent beech forest to Anakiwa where your water taxi will pick you up and return you to Picton. 
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2017

  • 12 November 2017
  • 17 December 2017

2018

  • 7 January 2018
  • 21 January 2018
  • 4 February 2018
  • 25 February 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 25 March 2018
We can build a tour especially for you or your group

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Queen Charlotte Walkers said:


"The high standard is very much appreciated."
Stuart and Leigh,Queensland, November 2016
 

“So pleased to have chosen Tuatara Tours from initial contact to last minute of the walk"
Judith and Frank, Victoria, December 2016
 

“We will be recommending Tuatara Tours to our bush walking friends"
Terry and Lucinda, ACT,  
December 2016

What's Included

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Queen Charlotte Walk


Accommodation

 
Day One
  • Boutique waterfront lodge, private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Day Two
  • Modern beachfront lodge in garden setting, private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

Day Three
  • Resort, private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, bar and restaurant.

*Please note accommodation is double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee of $338 per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.
 
 

Food


You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.

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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Fully Guided


Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.


 
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Exclusive to Tuatara Tours - Tour Kit Bag

To ensure you get the very best out of your journey with the least of fuss, we provide you with a calico kit bag full of useful goodies on the morning of your tour departure.

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Your Tour Kit Bag Contains the Following

Contents may vary from time to time!
  • Tuatara Tours cap
  • Tuatara Tours cup
  • Tuatara Tours drink bottle
  • Tuatara Tours hand sanitiser
  • Tuatara Tours tissues
  • Tuatara Tours lip balm and sunblock
  • Tuatara Tours emergency whistle
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
  • Bag of Tuatara energy plus confectionary
Contents may vary from time to time!  
   


Luggage


Tuatara Tours transports all your luggage for the duration of the tour.

All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch.

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What Do I Bring


For your own safety there are a few things that you must bring yourself:
  • Footwear with good ankle support – we recommend good hiking boots
  • Thermal top wool or polypro
  • Thermal bottom wool or polypro or long trousers
  • Waterproof parka with hood
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Fleece jacket or woollen jersey
  • Woollen or fleece hat
  • Gloves
  • Medium size day pack
Other things we recommend you bring are:  
  • Woollen socks
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Drink bottle – at least one litre capacity (we supply you with one bottle, but you may wish to bring another)
  • Swim wear
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent
  • Flannel
  • Camera
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister block or similar
  • Casual attire for the evenings
  • Any other personal items
  • Your sense of humour
   


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To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.

Book now for next Summer

2017

  • 12 November 2017
  • 17 December 2017

2018

  • 7 January 2018
  • 21 January 2018
  • 4 February 2018
  • 25 February 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 25 March 2018
We can build a tour especially for you or your group

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Queen Charlotte Walkers said:


"The high standard is very much appreciated."
Stuart and Leigh,Queensland, November 2016
 

“So pleased to have chosen Tuatara Tours from initial contact to last minute of the walk"
Judith and Frank, Victoria, December 2016
 

“We will be recommending Tuatara Tours to our bush walking friends"
Terry and Lucinda, ACT,  
December 2016

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Book now for next Summer

2017

  • 12 November 2017
  • 17 December 2017

2018

  • 7 January 2018
  • 21 January 2018
  • 4 February 2018
  • 25 February 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 25 March 2018
We can build a tour especially for you or your group

btn enquire

 

Queen-Charlotte download


Queen Charlotte Walkers said:


"The high standard is very much appreciated."
Stuart and Leigh,Queensland, November 2016
 

“So pleased to have chosen Tuatara Tours from initial contact to last minute of the walk"
Judith and Frank, Victoria, December 2016
 

“We will be recommending Tuatara Tours to our bush walking friends"
Terry and Lucinda, ACT,  
December 2016

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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  • Flora
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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.

Queen Charlotte Walk History
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.

Book now for next Summer

2017

  • 12 November 2017
  • 17 December 2017

2018

  • 7 January 2018
  • 21 January 2018
  • 4 February 2018
  • 25 February 2018
  • 11 March 2018
  • 25 March 2018
We can build a tour especially for you or your group

btn enquire

 

Queen-Charlotte download


Queen Charlotte Walkers said:


"The high standard is very much appreciated."
Stuart and Leigh,Queensland, November 2016
 

“So pleased to have chosen Tuatara Tours from initial contact to last minute of the walk"
Judith and Frank, Victoria, December 2016
 

“We will be recommending Tuatara Tours to our bush walking friends"
Terry and Lucinda, ACT,  
December 2016
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