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“A beautiful walk”

Queen Charlotte Track
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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Picton
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A beautiful walk”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

We booked our unguided trip through Greg at Natural Encounters. Everything was organised for us. After carefully explaining the walk to us the night before Greg picked us up at 7.30am & dropped us off at the water taxi along with our luggage & lunch that he provided. We had an enjoyable trip out through the Sound to Motuara Island - a bird sanctuary. Then it was off to Ship's Cove to begin our 4 day journey. Our first day was about 15km to No Road Inn in Endeavour Inlet. Gary & Barbara were great hosts & the accommodation was first class as was Gary's food. One highlight being the Eggo maker for perfect soft boiled eggs ( & yes we did get one before leaving NZ). Day two was a relatively easy day of only 11km walk to Camp Bay & our next night at Mahana Lodge. Mahana Lodge was lovely - we especially enjoyed sipping champagne on the lawn overlooking the bay. Ann's homemade cooking was great as was John's homegrown salad. Don't miss the amazing glow worms after dinner!
We set off early for the big day 3 - 23km and a water taxi deadline at 4pm! After a steep start the views were not to be missed. On this day we got beautiful views of both Queen Charlotte Sound & Kenepuru Sound, topped off by Ann's beautiful packed lunch. We made it easily to Torea Bay in the allotted time & were whisked away to Lochmara Lodge in their water taxi. This was the largest of the three places we stayed in on the track. It was less personal than the other two but our room was good with great views. Day 4 was our last day - 18km to Anakiwa. Again we had to be there for the water taxi at 3.30pm. We arrived in Anakiwa in plenty of time to enjoy an ice cream at the kiosk! All in all it was the most lovely four days- great walk, spectacular views & great food & wine - topped off by seeing a pod of dolphins on the way back to Picton.

Visited March 2013
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Regina, Canada
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“A great walk!”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Experiencing this track is something to remember for many years ahead. Whether you do a small portion of the walk or much more to even all of it, the views, atmosphere and just life experience is worth it.

Visited November 2012
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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“first hour of track from Anakiwa”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

If you do only want to walk a short distance, say an hour or so one way, I can recommend doing the first part of the Queen Charlotte track, from Anakiwa. It is a comfortable shady path, and not very steep. It has nice plants/trees and beautiful views at the Malborough Sound. You will pass one or two small beaches. Do not forget to smell; the plants/trees gave a very nice smell.
On the way to Anakiwa there are some nice beach places.

If you have to choose between the Abel Tasman track or the Queen Charlotte Track, I would recommend the QCT, as the views at the Malborough Sound are just so absolutely gorgeous!

Visited March 2013
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“A relaxing two night trip, complete with great food and drink.”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We did a two day walk of what I would say is the more scenic end of the track. A few years ago I biked the first two days of the track and wasn't nearly as impressed (from Anakiwa). I would thoroughly recommend the trip we did as a taste of the best QC Sounds' scenery, with the added bonus of good food and beer on the way.

This is how we did it: Cougar Line dropped us at Ship Cove, and our bags at the Woolshed. The Wool Shed is what it says. A wool shed. The basic single room, provides an extremely comfy bed, basic kitchen facilities. and a clean bathroom outside. The main attractions here are the isolation, the farm views and the lovely host, Adreinne.

We took a few goodies from Picton Village Bakkerij for lunch on day one (a must!). We walked the track in pretty quick time to the Wool Shed. We bought fresh eggs off Adrienne for dinner rather than walk back 10 minutes to Furneaux Lodge as we had intended. The next day we caught a ferry from Furneaux to Punga Cove Resort around 11am. After an amazing lunch and one too many local beers, we walked back to the Wool Shed. Taking time to have a quick swim with the Stingrays at Miners Wharf. We had another meal in, that night. The ferry picked us up at 11am the next day and dropped us at Picton Ferry Terminal. We were back home in Wellington by 6pm.

Walking was on the easy side, but there are some hills the first day that will test you should you have a pack on.

Visited January 2013
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“Intermediate Track”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

You need to be experienced to do this track. Single Track. Did combo of road and trail. Trail maintenance is fantastic

Visited February 2013
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