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Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Walk - 8 Days

Start:PictonTours run:November - April (On demand)
End:Nelson
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Duration:8 days/7 nights
NZ $4,120.00
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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.

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.

Spend four days on the Queen Charlotte Track in paradise with native birds, flora and fabulous company, while witnessing unsurpassed views of the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Abel Tasman walking is through lush native forest and golden sandy beaches from Totaranui in the north to Marahau in the south.

It’s pleasant walking, with no point higher than 150 m. We’ll take care of the details, leaving you free to enjoy. Our guides and hosts will help you make the most of each day.

 
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2018/2019



We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.     

Shoulder Season Dates are: 
1 - 31 October, 20 - 31 January, 1 - 30 April

Pricing
Shoulder Season   NZD$3970
Regular Season   NZD$4120
 
 
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Tours run:November - April (On demand)
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Itinerary & Map

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Walking Tours 7 to 12 days







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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). 
 


Accommodation:
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Book now for Next Summer!



2018/2019



We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.     

Shoulder Season Dates are: 
1 - 31 October, 20 - 31 January, 1 - 30 April

Pricing
Shoulder Season   NZD$3970
Regular Season   NZD$4120
 
 
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What's Included

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Walking Tours 7 to 12 days







Qualmark smallGold-423

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.
 

Accommodation

  • Day One: Lodge
  • Day Two: Lodge
  • Day Three: Lodge
  • Day Four: Comfortable Motel
  • Day Five: Comfortable Motel
  • Day Six: Private Lodge
  • Day Seven: Private Lodge

Single Supplement: NZD$495  Queen Charlotte Walk Only
 



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. Alcohol is not included in the tour cost, but is available for purchase with your evening meal. Dinner is at your expense on Night 4 and 5.
 


 

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 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
  • Tuatara Tours brochures
  • Field & History Guide of the area
  • Bag of Tuatara scroggin
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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
  • Dressing gown
  • 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 and charger
  • Small personal first aid kit including blister block or similar, Motion sickness medication, anti-histamines for bee stings
  • Casual attire for the evenings
  • Any other personal items
  • Your sense of humour
   

 

All transport

 


Access and Concession fees

 


NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)

 

 

Safety and Risk Management


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!



2018/2019



We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.     

Shoulder Season Dates are: 
1 - 31 October, 20 - 31 January, 1 - 30 April

Pricing
Shoulder Season   NZD$3970
Regular Season   NZD$4120
 
 
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Photos

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Walking Tours 7 to 12 days








 

Book now for Next Summer!



2018/2019



We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.     

Shoulder Season Dates are: 
1 - 31 October, 20 - 31 January, 1 - 30 April

Pricing
Shoulder Season   NZD$3970
Regular Season   NZD$4120
 
 
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Queen-Charlotte download
 
 


History

For dates, availability & customisations Enquire

Walking Tours 7 to 12 days








Qualmark smallGold-423

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.
 

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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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Tree Fern - Koru
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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.


 

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National Park

Perrine Moncrieff, a Nelson conservationist, campaigned to have crown land made into a national park after she became concerned at the prospect of logging along the beautiful coast. Abel Tasman National Park was formally designated as a National Park in 1942.


People


For at least 500 years, Maori have lived along the Abel Tasman coast , gathering food and growing kumara.

Abel Tasman anchored his two ships near Wainui (Golden Bay), in1642. He lost four crew in a fight with the local maori, Ngati Tumatakokiri.

European settlement began around 1855. The settlers logged forests, built ships, quarried granite and fired the hillsides to create pasture.

For a time there was prosperity but soon the easy timber was gone and the hills were invaded by gorse and bracken. Little now remains of their enterprise and the ravaged landscape is slowly healing.
 
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Little Blue Penguin
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Flora and Fauna

Flora: Black beech covers the dry ridges and headlands, with hard beech where more moisture is available. Kanuka grows where there has been windfall fires. Manuka occurs where repeated burning has taken place.

Areas covered by the highest tides are salt marsh vegetation: rushes, glasswort and sea primrose.

Fauna: Bellbird, fantail, pigeon and tui are the main forest birds. Around the beaches, estuaries and wetlands, pukeko are common.

Wading birds prowl the estuaries, while, gannets, shags and terns can be seen diving offshore. Little penguins feed at sea and return to burrows on the park's islands at night.

Fur seals are found along the coast of the park, particularly on the more remote granite headlands of Separation Point, Tonga Island and Pinnacle Island.

 

Book now for Next Summer!



2018/2019



We can build a tour especially for your group, please enquire for dates available.     

Shoulder Season Dates are: 
1 - 31 October, 20 - 31 January, 1 - 30 April

Pricing
Shoulder Season   NZD$3970
Regular Season   NZD$4120
 
 
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