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3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

Best of the Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand

A Pack Free guided 3-day walk

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 waterfront Furneaux Lodge offering magnificent views,  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.

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A Pack Free Walk

Carry as little as your water, camera and lunch

One of the biggest drawcards of this walk is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire walk. This is a big advantage in you’ll avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back every day. With Life’s An Adventure, carry as little as your water, camera and lunch.

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.

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Furneaux Lodge

2 night stay

Spend 2 nights at charming Furneaux Lodge located on the waterfront at Endeavour Inlet. Built-in the early 1900s at the foot of Mount Furneaux, the lodge is set on three acres and surrounded by native forest. After a day’s walking you can relax in the main homestead building with its bar, restaurant and superb views. Guests will stay in the newly built luxury suites with choice of king or twin beds. The Howden Room restaurant serves fresh, seasonal cuisine with local produce such as king salmon delivered daily.

Alternative Accommodation for Private Groups

Bay of Plenty Luxury Retreat

For Private Groups you also have the opportunity to upgrade to the Bay of Many Coves Resort.

This is a high priced accommodation (see pricing page for details).

They say location is everything, and the Bay of Many Coves Resort certainly delivers. Set on the waterfront in a secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds, this idyllic retreat is a unique experience like no other.  The only Five-star luxury lodge in the Marlborough Sounds, the resort features a heated pool, hot tub and award-winning restaurant featuring fine dining accompanied with Marlborough Sound world famous wines.

Apartment Configurations
Guests will stay in architecturally designed two bedroom apartments, featuring a shared lounge area, with kitchenette, dining table and balcony, with two separate bedrooms each room with its own ensuite.

Each room is twin share and features a king size bed or two twin beds with ensuite.

Take a Sneak Peek
Walk through the apartments by clicking on the link below and navigating through each room by moving the blue circle icon for 360-degree views.
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Single Supplements
Solo travellers not wishing to share with another solo traveller can upgrade to have their own room in a 2 bedroom apartment. You will still share the apartment with two others but have your own bedroom with ensuite. Add $575.

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Flexible and Personalised Tours

We have designed our walks to be flexible as we understand each person is different. Guests have the choice of longer or shorter walking days and also the freedom to opt-out of any day’s walking and enjoy free time to explore the towns we visit en-route. All tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

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Superb Guides

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.

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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.

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Why Choose Us

Tour Itinerary

Inclusions
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

Your 3-day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry as little as your water, lunch and camera
  • 2 nights accommodation at Furneaux Lodge overlooking Marlborough Sounds
  • Private Boat transfers to the trail Heads each day
  • 3 delicious lunches
  • A la carte dining in Restaurant every evening featuring local produce
  • Fine New Zealand Marlborough Sounds wines with evening meals
  • 2 x Hot and cold breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Professionally guided – 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 one guide a local to the area with great local knowledge.
  • National Park Fees
  • Return transfers to and from Picton
Day One: Queen Charlotte Track - Walk Punga Cove to Bay of Many Coves
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

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 7:30am at London Quay Wharf Picton this morning. From here we join our scenic boat cruise to pretty Punga Cove to start our day’s walk where 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 the water. From here we transfer by water to Furneaux Lodge where we’ll spend 2 nights. Enjoy time to relax in your room or simply soak up the views. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and delicious cuisine.

Day Two: Queen Charlotte Track - Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a 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 we’ll make our way back to Furneaux Lodge. Enjoy time to relax in your suite soaking up the views, or take a swim in the Sound before meeting the group for a sensational a la carte dinner featuring local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines.

Day Three: Queen Charlotte Track - Walk Torea Bay to Lochmara Lodge - Celebratory Lunch - Nelson
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

After breakfast, travel by water taxi from Furneaux Lodge to Torea Bay where where we’ll enjoy our walk for the day to Lochmara Lodge. The track starts with a steep climb from the Torea Saddle to the highest point on the Queen Charlotte Track. The climb takes about 45 – 60 minutes. After a spot of morning tea and taking in the sensational views we’ll follow the track to Lochmara Lodge. The views are magnificent, looking out over both the Kenepuru Sound and the Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy some time looking round the wild life centre at Lochmara Lodge before a celebratory lunch at the cafe at the Lodge. We will then join a private water taxi 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.

Tour Availability

We run regular tours from October to April every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Private Groups
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 10 or more people. Also choice of Furneaux Lodge or Bay of Many Coves Resort (see price difference). Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Please note your tour price does not include flights to / from the countries visited.  We are offering our clients a service to book their international flights and any other travel plans during their holiday. If you would like our Flights Specialist to organise these requirements, please email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au with your requirements.

 


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Tour Prices

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BEST TIME TO BOOK - HURRY OFFER ENDS 30 JUNE 2024!
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Spot Special saving of up to $500 per couple or $250 per person available on specific departures when you pay in full at time of booking - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE!
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of their choice. Subject to availability.
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INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS:
Please note your tour price does not include flights to / from the countries visited. We are offering our clients a service to book their international flights and any other travel plans during their holiday. If you would like our Flights Specialist to organise these requirements, please email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au with your requirements.


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Super Earlybird prices available when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Hurry offer ends 30 June 2024. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 100 days prior to departures. Past passengers $100 extra saving also available on normal priced fares. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras. See full ticket conditions below under Discount information.

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SOLO TRAVELLERS
WILLING TO SHARE

If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 12 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost of $370 extra.

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WANTING THEIR OWN ROOM

For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost of $370 extra will be charged at the time of booking

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TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

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PRIVATE GROUPS
10 – 12 participants

Departure date of your choice

PRICES
Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Staying at Furneaux Lodge.

ALTERNATE ACCOMMODATION:
Bay Of Many Coves Resort

Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

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Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 13 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. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 120 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • 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.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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