As you walk out of the back gate here at Furneaux Lodge, within a few steps you’ll find yourself standing on the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track.
Walking or biking the entire 72km stretch of this amazing scenic track is the reason why many people come to stay with us, but if that seems a bit daunting, there are plenty of other ways to experience the route. Some guests base themselves here at Furneaux Lodge and walk a section or two of the track then return here for the night, and still others just enjoy the peace and quiet of the forested track in our backyard.
Using water taxi transfers to get to your chosen start point of the track and/or back at the end is an easy and fun way to see the slices of Marlborough you want to. Here are some walking options from Furneaux Lodge:
Hug a tree
Furneaux Lodge to anicient rimu tree
Walk 10 minutes one way
Visit the 1000-year-old rimu tree near Furneaux Lodge, and give it a hug. From the lodge gates, turn right and look for the sign directing you to the tree.
Furneaux Lodge - Resolution Bay
Walk 2.5-3 hours one way - 10.5km
For a walk through lush native bush with excellent sea views this is a great option. Water transfer companies regularly drop and collect passengers from Resolution Bay, so you can easily arrange a pick up and drop back to Furneaux Lodge.
Heritage and nature
Furneaux Lodge - Resolution Bay - Ship Cove/Meritoto
Walk 4-5 hours one way - 17km
From lush bush and beech forest alongside coastline, Resolution Bay, beautiful views of outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui and the historically significant Ship Cove/Meretoto, this section of the track has arguably the most variety in one day of the whole route.
The official start of the track, Ship Cove/Meretoto is a chance to learn about the long Māori history in this area and the landing of Captain James Cook on the Endeavour. Read the interpretive panels, stroll to the waterfall or enjoy a picnic before carrying on towards Furneaux Lodge.
Water transfer companies regularly drop and collect passengers from Ship Cove/Meretoto, so you can easily arrange a pick up and drop back to Furneaux Lodge.
The Waterside Stroll
Furneaux Lodge – Punga Cove
3-4 hours one way – approx 12.5km
Follow the scenic Queen Charlotte Track as it meanders around the coastline of beautiful Endeavour Inlet to our sister resort at Punga Cove. Without any challenging climbs, this section of the track is easy going, and all about enjoying the beautiful bush-clad coastline, regenerating forest, the birds, trickling streams and the sparkling sea.
Either stay for lunch or a cold drink at Punga Cove’s jetty cafe and walk back, or ask us to arrange a water taxi to pick you up and bring you back to Furneaux. Another option is to catch the Cougar Line in the morning to Punga Cove, have lunch and walk back to Furneaux in the afternoon.
For the more information on the southern sections of the Queen Charlotte Track, please head to www.qctrack.co.nz.
Note: Walkers and mountain bikers who use the Queen Charlotte Track between Punga Cove and Anakiwa are required to purchase a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (QCTLC) Pass. The fees are $12 for a day pass or $18 for a five-day pass. School children are free. Please see reception for more details or to buy a pass.