Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Walk
8 Day Walking Tour
Spend four days on the Queen Charlotte Track in paradise with native birds, flora and fabulous company followed by a scenic cruise, and 3 days of easy walking in lush native forest, pristine bays and golden sandy beaches.
Day 1 Picton to Endeavour Inlet
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 (15km).
From Ship Cove the track ascends and provides walkers with amazing views down into Resolution Bay and surrounding areas.
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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
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
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 (23km), walkers are well rewarded by the breathtaking panoramic views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
You will take 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
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.
You will take short water taxi ride across Keneperu Sound to start the final day of your Queen Charlotte walk
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 where you will stay the night
Dinner is at your expense tonight.
Day 5 Picton to Nelson
Today you travel to Nelson and on arrival you have free time for the rest of the day. Stay in Nelson tonight.
Dinner is at your expense tonight.
Day 6 Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui
We’ll pick you up in Nelson (10.30 - 11.00 am)
At our office you’ll be briefed on the tour.
There’ll be time for last-minute luggage checks before we depart to Kaiteriteri by coach.
At 1 pm, we’ll take a Vista Cruise along the National Park coastline. It’s a comfortable cruise with refreshments and viewing decks on board.
On arrival at Totaranui we’ll regroup for a 2 hour walk south (5.5 km + tidal crossing) from Totaranui to Meadowbank.
You’ll stay at a homestead on the best site in Awaroa Bay.
Day 7 Awaroa to Torrent Bay
After a great night’s sleep, we’ll depart Awaroa Bay and walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, with its golden sand beach and impressive granite headlands.
Relax on the beach, or visit Tonga Quarry, a historic granite mining site.
At noon, we’ll have lunch at Bark Bay, with its golden sand. We’ll take some time to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe.
Later, we’ll walk through native forest and cross the swing bridge at Falls River. We’ll admire the series of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches on the way.
Next, we’ll continue to our overnight stop: Torrent Bay Lodge, on the beachfront.
Day 8 Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson
Today is our last day. We’ll follow the well-graded final section of the coastal track, and see the pristine bays and beaches named by the French explorer, Dumont d’Urville in 1827. We’ll have lunch at one of the bays, then walk the last leg to Marahau. Here, your coach awaits to return you to either Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm).