Queen Charlotte Walk / Boat Stay

Living the Experience!

The Queen Charlotte Walk / Boat Stay 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 ship Affinity for a journey that will leave you with a lifetime of memories and new friends. Discover secluded coves and native bird sanctuaries as you explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Take advantage of the unique benefits of a walk where your accommodation follows you and is there at the end of your day with a hot shower and the same bed. All your meals are cooked for you.

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Duration

6 days / 5 nights

Fitness

Price

NZ$1,849

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  • November 4, 11, 2019
  • January 6, 2020
  • February 1, 10, 2020
  • March 6, 13, 2020
  • April 16, 2020

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Tour Itinerary

Price: NZ$1,849

Day 1

Bay Cruise

On board the Affinity

Welcome aboard for the beginning of your walk and boat stay in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Once all passengers are onboard and we’ve had a safety briefing by the Captain, we take a leisurely cruise 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

Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet

15 km

On board the Affinity

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.

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

From Ship Cove you will head off on the track and walk to Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet being the first section of the track. 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

11.5 km

On board the Affinity

This morning after breakfast you will go ashore at Furneaux Lodge and walk to Camp Bay where Affinity will be awaiting your return.

On this section of the track you’ll 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 favourable you might like to try your hand at catching a fish for dinner.

Day 4

Camp Bay to Torea Bay

23.7 km

On board the Affinity

Day 4 of the Queen Charlotte Walk and Boat Stay 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 to Anakiwa

20.5 km

On board the Affinity

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 7.6 km

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 to Picton

Congratulations! You have walked 70kms on the Queen Charlotte Track.

After breakfast there will be a 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.

What's included?

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

 

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
*This tour is run in conjunction with another operator

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