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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.

Walk the stunning Queen Charlotte and Abel Tasman Tracks

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
In Queen Charlotte Sound enjoy 2 nights at 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.

2 nights at the waterfront Awaroa Lodge
Whilst in Able Tasman spend 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.

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 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

6 Day Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track Walk Inclusions

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
  • NO Credit Card Fees

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Tour Itinerary

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

Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet

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

Walk Endeavour Inlet to Camp Bay - Celebratory Lunch - Nelson

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

Walk from Totaranui to Awaroa Inlet

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 FiveAble Tasman National Park guided walk
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

Morning Kayak with the seals. Walk Awaroa to Bark Bay

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 SixAble Tasman National Park guided walk
6 Day Best of the Queen Charlotte & Abel Tasman Track walk

Walk Anchorage to Apple Tree Bay

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.

Tour Accommodation

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

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

Awaroa Lodge

2 nights accommodation

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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1 Night at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
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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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 Spot Specials savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecials / Notes
NEXT SEASON:
16 Oct 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds save $300
26 Nov 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds save $300
27 Jan 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds save $300
19 Mar 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds save $300
16 Apr 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds save $300

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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


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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
$ 3945 /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*………. $3945
Normal Price………………. $4095

*Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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THIS SEASON - PAST PASSENGER From
$ 3845 /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*………. $3845
Normal Price………………. $3995

*Spot Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Email us for your special code.

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Private Groups From
$ 3895 /p

Your own Private Group of 10-12 guests

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.

THIS SEASON’S DEPARTURES:
Oct 2019 to Apr 2020

Group Spot Special Price*…. $3895
Normal Group Spot Special Price… $4045

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NEXT SEASON’S DEPARTURES:
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Group Price*…. $3745
Normal Group Price………………. $4045

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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 $500 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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BOOK NOW FOR NEXT SEASON from
$ 3795 /p

Super Earlybirds Out Now

NEXT SEASON’S DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

Super Earlybird Price*…..$3795
Normal Price………………. $4095

$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 $500 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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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 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

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Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

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

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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
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  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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