At the top of the South Island lies two of the best coastal walks of New Zealand, the Queen Charlotte Track and the Abel Tasman Track. This 6 day Pack Free walk combines the highlights of both of these walks in one walking experience, with boat transfers taking us to the best sections of the trails each day. Each region is unique in its own way, from the ancient beech forests and fern-fringed coves of Queen Charlotte to the spectacular beaches and rich forests of Abel Tasman. Add to this two remarkable lodges, amazing award-winning wines and local produce and you have the perfect combination for a sensational walking holiday.
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.
2 nights at the waterfront Awaroa Lodge
Enjoy 2 nights at the secluded Awaroa Lodge. Not accessible by road, this unique accommodation is surrounded by pristine beaches and native forests and is simply paradise. Located in the northern end of Abel Tasman National Park this superb accommodation is warm and inviting with a lounge area, library and bar in the main lodge, to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
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.
Wow Factor – Abel Tasman Kayaking experience
The wilderness reserve of Abel Tasman National Park reaches from Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. As well as the many beautiful walking trails of this area, the coves and waters of this area are just as fascinating and home to New Zealand fur seal colonies. For an up-close experience, we have included a guided kayak tour from our accommodation for the chance to see these playful creatures.
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 creative cuisine offered each night in the resort’s fine dining restaurants is sourced from local produce from the land and sea. A la carte dinners are expertly matched with 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. From here we head to the city of Nelson. Our accommodation tonight is at the stylish Rutherford Hotel. Enjoy time to relax before dinner in the Oceano Panorama Restaurant featuring a selection of modern cuisine including fabulous local seafood and wonderful local wines.
After a hot breakfast, transfer by minibus to the charming seaside town of Kaiteriteri. We join our boat and cruise along the stunning coastline of Abel Tasman National Park, taking in spectacular views of crystal clear aqua water, pretty coves and picturesque beaches along the way. We reach the golden beach of Totaranui where we disembark to start our walk. We cross a stunning granite headland above Skinners Point to reach Goat Bay and then head on to pretty Waiharakeke bay, the track crosses a substantial headland to the north end of Awaroa inlet, the largest in Able Tasman National Park. We walk into our accommodation, the secluded Awaroa Lodge, surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest. Enjoy time to relax before joining the group for a fabulous a la carte dinner in the Lodge’s restaurant featuring creative local produce, accompanied with fabulous New Zealand wines.
After breakfast, there is the option to kayak from the lodge on the stunning waters of this spectacular marine park. Local New Zealand fur seal colonies can often be seen frolicking in the waters on this journey, and it is one of the most memorable kayak tours of a lifetime. For those not wanting to join the kayak enjoy time to relax or enjoy a sleep in.
We then all head from the lodge on our walk to Bark Bay. We reach Tonga Bay by climbing over Tonga saddle, reaching Onetahuti, a stunning beach surrounded by imposing granite headlands. We continue on, passing a historical Granite Quarry site. Beyond the quarry, the track once again climbs over another forested headland, descending to beautiful Bark Bay. Afterwards, we are met by our boat for the return boat ride back to Awaroa Lodge. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and modern creative cuisine.
After an enjoyable breakfast, we transfer by private boat to Anchorage. Anchorage is one of the most popular parts of the Able Tasman. We take a detour to Pitt Head for a picnic lunch and the exquisite Te Pukatea Bay, arguably the most appealing of all the beaches in the Park. We allow 90 minutes for the side track and then head back on the coastal track crossing a forested saddle, descending to the sea beyond Yellow point and to our final destination at Apple Tree Bay. From here we join our boat transfer back to Kaiteriteri before joining our minibus back to Nelson arriving at approximately 6.00pm. The end of a remarkable journey.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
| 6 day walk from|
$ 4995 /p
|Pack Free Walk|
|2 nights accommodation at the 5 star Bay of Many Coves Resort, overlooking Marlborough Sounds|
|2 nights accommodation at the remote and charming Awaroa Lodge|
|1 night accommodation at the stylish Rutherford Hotel, Nelson|
|Kayaking experience with the opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals|
|Private Boat transfers to the trail each day|
|A la carte dining in the award-winning Restaurant every evening featuring local produce|
|Fine New Zealand Marlborough Sounds wines with evening meals|
|2 x Hot and cold breakfasts|
|3 delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking|
|Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk|
|Trail mix & fresh fruit|
|Professional and passionate guides with at least one Local Guide|
|Return transfer to and from Picton|
Group Normal Price…. $5345
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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.