Walk the Track

Grade: Easier Tramping Track

Moderate day or multi-day tramping/hiking.
Track is generally well formed, may be steep, rough or muddy.
Suitable for people with moderate fitness.
Limited backcountry (remote areas) experience required.
Track has signs, poles or markers.
Major stream and river crossings are bridged.
Light tramping/hiking boots required.

Track Section Distance Walk times
MERETOTO / SHIP COVE to ENDEAVOUR INLET 15 kms 5 hrs
ENDEAVOUR INLET to CAMP BAY 11.5 kms 4 hrs
CAMP BAY to TOREA SADDLE 23 kms 8 hrs
TOREA SADDLE to MISTLETOE BAY 8 kms 4 hrs
MISTLETOE BAY to ANAKIWA 12.5kms 4 hrs
– times are approximate only

The spectacular walking track, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

Regarded as one of the classic New Zealand walkways the Queen Charlotte Track is a long track, not a steep track. This means that the distances walked each day (particularly on day 3 and 4), are challenging. The terrain is regarded as undulating with hills ranging from sea level to a maximum of 400 metres.

The Queen Charlotte Track is part of Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail, a 3000km walking trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff which officially opened in 2011. Te Araroa is called “the ultimate 5 month New Zealand experience” but walking sections of the trail, such as the Queen Charlotte Track, is an excellent way to enjoy part of the adventure.

It is best to start the Queen Charlotte Track from Meretoto/Ship Cove. If you wish to have your pack transferred between your accommodation, you can arrange this with the boat operators.

The track is graded as an easier tramping track. You can walk the entire track over four days or enjoy a short walk depending on your timetable.

The walking times listed are to be used as a guide only and lean more towards a person with a slow walking speed.