The Queen Charlotte Track The Queen Charlotte Track runs almost the entire length of New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Sound. The track stretches from Ship Cove to Anakiwa: 71 kilometres (approximately 45 miles) of spectacular walking track passing through historic sites, secluded bays and lush coastal bush. Start your trip to Furneaux Lodge by walking or biking from Ship Cove or Resolution Bay, past the beautiful Tawa Cove, and on to Furneaux Lodge situated at the head of Endeavour Inlet.
Although the Queen Charlotte Track can be walked from either end, the recommended start is at Ship Cove. Enjoy unbeatable views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru SOunds as you enjoy this environmental, cultural and lifestyle.
While most people think of walking as a summer activity, the Marlborough Sounds enjoys a wonderful, temperate climate all year round, making the Queen Charlotte Track an ideal spring, autumn or even winter experience. The most popular season is November to May.
The Queen Charlotte Track is also regarded as one of New Zealand's premier single-track mountain bike rides. Throughout the year, bikers are allowed on the Kenepuru Saddle to Anakiwa section of the track, while the Ship COve to Kenepuru Saddle section can be ridden from March 1 to November 30 annually. Bikers of reasonable fitness can be ridden the 71km track in two days, but why not take some extra time to stop along the way and enjoy a leisurely ride?
Travelling from Wellington or Christchurch to Picton? Take the afternoon boat to Ships Cove and you will ride through to Furneaux Lodge comfortably for your first night stay.
The Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge section of the Queen Charlotte Track
This is an outstanding day walk: starting with a scenic boat ride through the outer Queen Charlotte Sounds, you are then left to discover the history of Ship Cove, before experiencing some great views over Resolution Bay, Tawa Cove and Endeavour Inlet on your walk along the track. After arriving at Furneaux Lodge you will have time for a late lunch or coffee in the Furneaux bar prior to catching the afternoon water taxi back to Picton. Alternatively, stay the night and spend the afternoon exploring the inlet on one of Furneaux Lodge's kayaks.
This section of the track generally follows the coastline around Endeavour Inlet, much of which consists of regenerating native bush. Once farmland, this part of the walkway has reverted to nature and the forest is again resplendent. Alongside the track see groves of tree ferns in the gullies, some wearing "skirts" of old fronds and others standing unadorned such as the tall black tree fern (mamaku). A wonderful predominance of manuka, kanuka and broadleaf species such as five finger can also be seen on the slopes. Small stands of original beech and patches of kohekohe/mahoe remain near the sea.A wide range of birds inhabit the bush including silvereyes, tomtits and grey warblers.You may also catch site of a friendly fantail or a native tui as you stroll through the trees.
Your first stop on the Queen Charlotte Track, our historic lodge, suites and cabins are situated right on the peaceful shores of Endeavour Inlet.
Self-contained two bedroom cottages are great for family groups and people hiking the track
Relaxing and peaceful, the Lodge is family-owned and operated. Our attention to guests and passion for Furneaux and the Marlborough Sounds will ensure that your time here is enjoyable and memorable.