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Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough Sounds, Picton, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Picton
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Trails, Biking Trails
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We walked track in mid-January many years ago (can't remember back that far!) and the weather was awesome - a little too good for the section between Punga Cove and Portage - we saw yachties diving off their boats into the water and were jealous. :-) The climb out of Punga Cove is long and the switchback into Portage is... More

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Osnabruck, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It hitchhiked the my way to Nelson through this track and I drove with a local who had an amazing speed which was kind of scary but also kind of funny. As a nonlocal it might be a street which is not the easiest to drive. But this is fun. And the views are just stunning. GO THERE!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We did the Queen Charlotte hike from Ships Cove to Torea Saddle. We also started with a 2 hour stop at Motuera Island (bird sanctuary). The Cougar Line Taxi will drop you off there and then pick you up two hours later. It was great to do the hiking and have someone carry most of your gear. The accomodations along... More

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Glen Waverley
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80 reviews 80 reviews
50 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A benefit of doing sections of the walk is you can choose ideal weather conditions and section you would like to attempt. As we had a car and comfortable accommodation overlooking the harbour in Picton, we walked the Te Mahia towards Torea Saddle section and the Anakiwa to Te Mahia section of the QCT on different days. The first day,... More

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The walk is not too difficult, but we were not too happy with the accommodation at each stop. At Furneaux Lodge there was a private function and we were treated as second class guests. Punga Lodge was fantastic.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We have lived in Wellington for 30+ years and this is our first time on the Track. It was amazing a beautiful, varied and sometimes challenging walk in paradise. We will be going again soon.

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Hugo, Minnesota
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104 reviews 104 reviews
45 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I loved the well maintained trail with the rolling hills. This track is not for the person who hikes once a year. This is a moderate to difficult track with long days. I loved the scenery, wildlife, and of course the flora. A fit person who hikes often can hike this very easily in half of the suggested time. I... More

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Alexandra
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic 4 days we had with friends on this track. Although it was extremely muddy and required some extra leg muscle control,😜😳this was truly a part of our country that wowed us at all stages. Good footwear is essential. A medium fitness level, sense of humour and interest in chatting to people on the way adds to the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We absolutely love this hike! We would warn that the track was at times muddy and the time allocation on the signs are at times a bit over exaggerated. We hiked the first part in less than four hours, the second in a little over three hours, and the third day in about six hours. The views from along the... More

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Hastings, New Zealand
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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Often written off by 'real' trampers as a soft glamping option for tourists, the QC track was a very pleasant surprise. Easily walked in three days (day 1 6.5 hours, day 2 7 hours, day 3 4.5 hours) if you're reasonably fit, the track takes you through areas of great historical significance and offers a real cross section of the... More

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