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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.

Walk the stunning Queen Charlotte Track

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 Furneaux Lodge
Enjoy 2 nights at the the waterfront Furneaux Lodge. This unique accommodation is set on the waterfront at Endeavour Inlet offering stunning views of the Sound. Guests will stay in luxury suites.

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.

Personalised Tours
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.

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.

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

3 Day Queen Charlotte Track Walk Inclusions

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
  • NO Credit Card Fees

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Tour Itinerary

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

Queen Charlotte Track guided 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 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 our destination. We spend 2 nights here at the waterfront Furneaux Lodge. Enjoy time to relax in your suite soaking up the views, or take a swim int he Sound before meeting the group for a sensational a la carte dinner featuring local produce and superb Marlborough Sounds wines.

Day Two
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

Walk Punga Cove to Bay of Many Coves

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 the water. From here we transfer by water back to Furneaux Lodge. 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 Three
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

Walk Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay - Celebratory Lunch

After breakfast, our walk sets out from 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.

Tour Accommodation

3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

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.

3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk
3 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte Track walk

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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Apartment Upgrades
Couples can upgrade to a one bedroom apartment for an additional $1030 per couple

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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Tour Availability

We run regular tours from October to April every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a saving. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecials / Notes
24 April 2020Limited places availableSpot Special Saving
NEXT SEASON:
16 October 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds
26 Nov 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds
27 Jan 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds
19 March 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds
16 April 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Private Groups Dates
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 8 or more people. Also choice of Furneaux Lodge and 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: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

 

 


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Tour Prices

Great Savings on this seasons or next season's departures.

THIS SEASON:
Spot Special Discount of $150 per person are available on some departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See our departure dates page for applicable dates. Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $100 per person extra. (see conditions below).

NEXT SEASON:
Book for next season Sept 2020 to May 2021 and take advantage of Super Earlybird Savings of $300 per person (Past Passengers Save $400 per person). Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive this special offer. Super Earlybird 30 April 2020.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can save $50 per person off Normal Prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Or enjoy a $200 savings if you book and pay in full at time of booking. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


THIS SEASON From
$ 1945 /p

Prices for those doing their first walk with us

Prices in Australian dollars.

THIS SEASON’S DEPARTURES
Oct 2019 to Apr 2020

Spot Special Price*………. $1945
Normal Price………………. $2095

*Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full. Normal Price requires $250 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Staying at Furneaux Lodge

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THIS SEASON - PAST PASSENGER
$ 1845 /p

For guests that have travelled with us before

Prices in Australian dollars.

THIS SEASON’S DEPARTURES
Oct 2019 to Apr 2020

Spot Special Price*………. $1845
Normal Price………………. $1995

*Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full. Normal Price requires $250 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Staying at Furneaux Lodge

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Private Groups From
$ 1895 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

Prices in Australian dollars.

If you have a private group of 10 or more people we can organise a special departure. Private Groups can choose from two accommodation options:

FURNEAUX LODGE
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Group Special Price…. $1895
Book & Pay in full at time of booking.

Group Normal Price…. $2045
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

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NEXT SEASON’S DEPARTURES:
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Group Price*…. $1745
Normal Group Price………………. $2045

Furneaux Lodge
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$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously. Email us for your special code.

*Special Group or Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking by 30 April 2020. Normal Price requires $250 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously

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OPTION TO CHOOSE:
BAY OF MANY COVES RESORT

10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Group Special Price…. $2795
Book & Pay in full at time of booking

Group Normal Price…. $2945
Deposit of $250 per person.Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously

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Make an Enquiry

BOOK NOW FOR NEXT SEASON From
$ 1795 /p

Super Earlybirds Out Now

Prices in Australian dollars.

NEXT SEASON’S DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*…..$1795
Normal Price………………. $2095

$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously. Email us for your special code.

*Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you book and pay in full by 30 April 2020. Normal Price requires $250 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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Single Supplements:

Singles wanting their own room              Add $370
Subject to availability at time of booking.

Discount Information

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: 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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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 90 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.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • 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

Before you book please read our Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.

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Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.

    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
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    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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