Queen Charlotte Track runs almost the entire length
of New Zealand's Queen
The track stretches from Ship Cove to Anakiwa
- 71 kilometre (approximately 45 miles) of spectacular
walking track passing through historic sites,
secluded bays and lush coastal bush.
While the Queen Charlotte Track is not a steep
track it is a long track. This means that the
distances walked each day (especially from Camp
Bay to Anakiwa) can be challenging.
The terrain of the track is regarded as undulating
with hills ranging from sea level to a maximum
of 400 metres. Most of the track is wide (1 to
1.5 metres in width), and all major streams have
been bridged. The surface, being mainly clay soil,
is hard and firm in dry conditions but can often
be slippery when wet.
For walkers, the track requires boots and a good
level of fitness, and the 71 kilometre trip can
be done in 3-5 days while the entire Queen Charlotte
Track is open to mountain biking from March 1
to November 30 each year. The trip takes about
While most people think of walking as a summer
activity, the Marlborough
Sounds enjoys a wonderful, temperate
climate all year round, making the Queen Charlotte
Track an ideal spring, autumn or even winter experience.
The most popular season being November to May.