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6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

Best of the Queen Charlotte &
Abel Tasman Tracks, New Zealand

A Pack Free guided 6 day walk

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 beautiful lodges, amazing award-winning wines and local produce and you have the perfect combination for a sensational walking holiday.

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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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Wow Factor!

Helicopter to the top of our Kepler Track walk

Accessing the Kepler Track will be truly inspirational. We take off from lakeside Te Anau by helicopter and fly over the lake and up the face of the mountain to Luxmore Hut. From here we disembark and start our walk to Mt Luxmore for magnificent mountain views from the top. What a day, what an adventure!

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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.

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Awaroa Lodge

2 night stay

Tucked away on the edge of a forest is the secluded Awaroa Lodge. As this remote and charming lodge is not accessible by road, we will arrive spectacularly by boat, before disembarking for a walk to the lodge along the beachfront. The main lodge features a bar, library, cosy log fireplace, outdoor courtyard and the superb Harakeke Restaurant.

Our guests will stay in Superior Suites, with large spacious rooms, private deck overlooking the native bushland or wetlands, ensuite and sofa lounge to relax and soak up the tranquillity of this unique location.

Room Configurations:
Twin share. King or two twin beds available

Single Supplements
Solo travellers not wishing to share with another solo traveller can pay a single supplement.

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Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

1 night stay

Our first night is spent at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Centrally located, the hotel is close to the city’s art galleries, shopping and iconic Cathedral.

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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 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.

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Why Choose Us

Tour Itinerary

Inclusions
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

Your 6 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry as little as your water, lunch and camera
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Furneaux Lodge overlooking Marlborough Sounds
  • 2 nights accommodation at the secluded Awaroa Lodge
  • 1 night accommodation at the sylish Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
  • Private Boat transfers to the trail each day
  • Guided kayaking tour
  • 6 delicious lunches
  • A la carte dining in the award-winning Restaurant every evening featuring local produce
  • Fine New Zealand Marlborough Sounds wines with evening meals
  • 5 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
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman 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
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman 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
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman 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. 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.

Day 4: Able Tasman National Park - Walk from Totaranui to Awaroa Inlet
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

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.

Day Five: Able Tasman National Park - Morning Kayak with the seals. Walk Awaroa to Bark Bay
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

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.

Day Six: Able Tasman National Park - Walk Anchorage to Apple Tree Bay
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

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 6.45pm. The end of a remarkable journey.

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:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au


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10-12 participants
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Normal Price………………. $3995

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Single Supplements:

Singles wanting their own room  $840
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 and refunds 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 Covermore Insurance.

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.
  • 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.

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

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    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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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