At the top of the South Island of New Zealand in the Marlborough Sounds lies the stunning Queen Charlotte Track, stretching 70kms from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Our spectacular 3-day walk showcases the best of this walking track through ancient beech forests, along fern-fringed coves and traversing ridgelines revealing breath-taking views of Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. By private boat we reach the best sections of the trail each day, whilst at night we stay at the 5-star waterfront Bay of Many Coves Resort offering magnificent views, stunning local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines. With so much natural beauty, it’s no wonder the Queen Charlotte track attracts travellers from all over the world.
Note: This journey can be combined with our 3-day Abel Tasman National Park walk to create a 6 day New Zealand walking experience.
Pack Free Walking Holiday
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience where everything is taken care of for you. Our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch every day.
2 nights at the waterfront Bay of Many Coves Resort
Enjoy 2 nights at the luxury five-star retreat of the Bay of Many Coves Resort. This unique accommodation is a sanctuary in every sense, set on the waterfront and surrounded by bushland with breathtaking views of the bay. With a heated swimming pool, cedar hot tub and a superb restaurant featuring world-class chefs, this will be an unforgettable stay.
Wow Factor – Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound by Private Boat
The highlight of this journey will be travelling to the start of your walks by private boat. Cruising the Marlborough Sounds to the track heads each day is an amazing way to start your walk, allowing you to discover by water the intricate maze of inlets, coves and bays with their backdrop of lush forested mountain ranges.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.
Our guides which we refer to as “CEO – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with at least one guide a local to the area.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
Each evening will be an unforgettable celebration for your taste-buds. The world-class cuisine offered each night in the resort’s fine dining restaurant is sourced from Marlborough’s land and sea using only the finest ingredients. A la carte dinners with expertly matched local wines making dinner time truly memorable.
Note: Guests will be required to arrive into Picton the day before the tour starts. Picton can be reached by flying into Wellington and then either flying from Wellington to Picton (30-minute flight) or taking the ferry from Wellington to Picton (a 3-hour cruise through the Cook Straits). Suggestions for Picton Hotels are included in our pre-departure information.
Meet your guides at 8.00am London Quay Wharf Picton this morning. From here we join our private boat for a water transfer through the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound to the start of our walk at Ship Cove. Today we walk in the footsteps of explorer Captain James Cook. Walking through magnificent virgin rainforests, you will emerge at the ridgeline for breathtaking views of Cooks Strait and Resolution Bay before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavor Inlet.
From here our private boat awaits to take us to our accommodation for the next 2 nights the luxurious Bay of Many Coves Resort. Even from the water, as we first glimpse this lodge you can tell that this place is very special. Enjoy time to relax in your waterfront apartment soaking up the views, or take a swim before meeting the group for a sensational a la carte dinner featuring local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines.
After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic boat cruise to pretty Punga Cove to start our day’s walk, today we will traverse the ridge and walk into our accommodation. This is the most rewarding section of the journey, from the top of the ridge you will take in magnificent panoramas of the Sounds. We start our gradual climb out of Camp Bay to Kenepuru Saddle and follow the ridge separating Queen Charlotte Sound from Kenepuru Sound. The last section of our walk down to our accommodation is challenging, but we take our time and are rewarded with a Five-star resort waiting for us. Enjoy time to relax in your room, take a swim or simply soak up the views. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and modern creative cuisine.
After breakfast, we join our private boat for our transfer to Endeavour Inlet, named after one of Captain James Cook’s ships. From Endeavour Inlet the track stays near the shoreline and wanders through regenerating forest rich in small bird life. The track continues around Big Bay, passing through native forest and traversing over low saddles offering amazing vantage points for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to Camp Cove.
Enjoy a late lunch at Furneaux Lodge while waiting for our private boat transfer through the Marlborough Sounds back to Picton, what a magnificent way to finish our 3-days of walking.
Note for those catching a ferry to Wellington tonight, the boat can drop you directly at the ferry terminal.
For those wanting more walking why not add on our 3-day Abel Tasman National Park walk.
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Private Groups Dates
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 8 or more people. Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: email@example.com
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$ 2595 /p
Group Normal Price…. $2945
Upgrade to a one bedroom Apartment. Based on 2 people twin share Add $1030
Singles wanting their own room in a two bedroom apartment. Add $575
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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.
We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.