5 Day Standard Independent Walk
Like the idea of having everything arranged for you but walking independently - and on the date that suits you? Our 5 Day Unguided Walking Package includes organised accommodation, luggage transfers, daily lunch and Picton drop off/pickups for walking the Queen Charlotte Track.
Day 1 - Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet
(approx. 5 hours/14km)
We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the water taxi to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic & historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s. Experience virgin beech forest at its best plus stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track proper.
Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge
Built early this century, Furneaux Lodge comprises the original homestead, restaurant, bar, fully self-contained chalets and upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting. Furneaux Lodge has an excellent restaurant for dinner and/or breakfasts.
Day 2 - Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay/Punga Cove
(approx. 4 hours/12km)
Today’s mainly coastal walk takes you around the inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other NZ native birds. Pause at the head of the bay to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay before working your way towards Camp Bay and, five minutes on from there, Punga Cove.
Accommodation - Punga Cove
Nestled amidst the native bush, Punga Cove’s well-appointed individual chalets are a welcome respite. The gourmet restaurant with its impressive view caps off a perfect day and is also open for breakfasts overlooking the bay.
Day 3 - Punga Cove to Torea Saddle/The Portage
(approx. 8 hours/22.5km)
NB. Optional boat trip to Portage for non-walkers – book at the Punga Cove office (at own cost).
A challenging day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner - a wonderful reward indeed. Those who feel like a day’s rest can opt for a boat ride around the bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Portage.
Accommodation - The Portage Resort Hotel
Nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds, The Portage Hotel is a well-established accommodation place with a fine restaurant, relaxed cafe & comfortable, recently upgraded natural timber chalets. Breakfasts are available as well in the restaurant from 7am.
Day 4 - Rest Day at The Portage Resort Hotel
Today is your chance to rejuvenate and relax at The Portage Resort Hotel. We can arrange guided sea kayaking tours for those interested. Lunch is not included today unless on an organised tour that has been pre-arranged.
Day 5 - Torea Saddle/The Portage to Anakiwa
(approx. 7 hours/20.5km)
Farewell Portage and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale. Today you return by boat from the Anakiwa Jetty to Picton to complete your journey.
Five Day Standard Package
$960NZ per person based on twin share
- Daily departures year round subject to accommodation availability - min. two persons
- 4 nights standard twin share accommodation (Chalet at Furneaux Lodge;Tui at Punga Cove; Hillside at Portage Hotel)
- Water transport to and from track
- Luggage transfers
- Packed lunch each day
- Picton accommodation transfers to and from water taxi
- Queen Charlotte Track Land Pass
- Information pack incl. track guide
- Single room occupancy an additional $485NZ
- Child rate $470NZ (5-12 years)