We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

  • Round-trip boat service and self-guided walk on Queen Charlotte Track, from Picton
  • Choose from three different routes according to your taste for an incredible experience of the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Explore historic Ship Cove before setting out on the trail (if option chosen)
Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton
From US$ 59.80
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Lodge to Lodge WalkMost Popular
Walk from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cave Resort. 7.9 miles (12.7 kms), approximately 3 - 4.5 hours walking time. Departs at 8am from October to April or at 9am from May to September
From US$ 59.80
Top of the World
Walk from Torea Bay to Punga Cove. Full-day walk, approximately 15 miles (24km). Departs at 8am from October to April.
From US$ 59.80
Nature's Best Walk
Walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. 9 miles (14 kilometers), approximately 5 hours walking time. Departs at 8am from October to April or at 9am from May to September
From US$ 59.80
If you’re planning to hike in the Marlborough Sounds, this local boat service ensures easy round-trip transport from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three self-guided walks of varying length and challenge. Hop on the boat in the morning to the start of your route at Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay, then be picked up at the other end of your hike in the late afternoon. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea on board as you take in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. 
What to Expect
This round-trip boat service from Picton makes a day hike on the Queen Charlotte Track an easy option for those short on time. The entire 44-mile (70-km) track normally takes a few days complete, but you can explore one of three sections in just one day. This popular tramping route is known for its astounding vistas over Queen Charlotte Sound, situated within the greater Marlborough Sounds. You’ll trek past lush native plants and historic landmarks while on the lookout for birdlife.

Leaving Picton in the morning, climb aboard the boat and cruise Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay to the starting point of your chosen hike. When you reach the other end, the boat picks you up in the late afternoon for the return trip to Picton, which includes complimentary tea or coffee on board. 

Choose from three options in the Itinerary for your day hike along the Queen Charlotte Track. 

You can purchase a drink or bite to eat at the lodges at the end of each walk, but it is recommended that you bring your own snacks and drinks to keep you fortified throughout the day.
Reviews (15)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent day out

Did the Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove walk. Excellent commentary both ways, bonus seeing a pod of dolphins frolicking in the sea, birdlife and a couple of penguins. Unexpected time at Ship Cove allowing us to explore for 30 minutes before heading to Furneaux Lodge....More

Thank jessiev25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Phil Rocks

Great water taxi service with scenic and informative guidance. Plenty of maps and helpful information up at the front as well. Phil made my day.

Thank Kansas T
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile
Transport to and from the Queen Charlotte Track

We got our transfer to Ship Cove and pick-up from Anakiwa with Beachcomber and were super satisfied. The girls in the office were super friendly and helpful as were the skippers. Also they include free luggage transfers between accomodations. As we were camping on the...More

Thank estherboe
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Hi Estherboe, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased to hear you had a wonderful time on the Queen Charlotte Track. It really is a fantastic trip and those bag transfers just help make it the little bit easier. Thank you again and...More

Reviewed 6 September 2018
Challenging sea conditions -Ships Cove to Picton

Picked up by Phil on time and had an exciting ride back to Picton. Phil worked hard to find the quieter toughs through pretty strong southerly winds. Good trip with an experienced helmsman.

Thank SandraF5684
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile
Five Star Service

We booked Beachcombers to do the transfers and baggage transfers for Queen Charlotte Track. I got the date wrong, 5 Jul instead of 6 Jul. Beachcombers were happy to overlook my error and provided a top class service. Front office staff at Picton Terminal was...More

Thank Mani M
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Kay M
22 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from mrcrdeacon | Reviewed this property |
We did the walk which ended at the lodge but I would be very surprised indeed if the walk you are proposing is not steep at times. The views of the Marlborough Sounds are stunning so if you are able to then I highly... More