Camping & Accommodation

A number of private accommodation providers offer hostel, cabin, motel and hotel lodgings, and tent sites. The private tracks that leave the main track to private accommodation are not constructed to the same standard as the Queen Charlotte Track and may be narrow, steep, and slippery when wet. Some private accommodation sites may not be signposted, so make sure you get clear directions when you book.

There are six Department of Conservation (DOC) managed, ‘self-registration’ campsites on the track, each with toilets and water supply. There are no cooking facilities at the campsites; you need to carry your own cooker. Avoid disposing of food scraps around the campsites as this causes visible pollution and attracts vermin. Remember there are no rubbish facilities: please take your rubbish back out with you.

Camping fees for DOC campsites are to be deposited in the self-registration box at each site or prepaid at the Picton i-SITE or at the DOC Office in Picton. These fees go toward the maintenance of the camp facilities.

DOC Campsites

Water taxi stop Time/distance from main track Approx. number of tent sites Cooking shelter Approx. altitude above sea level
Schoolhouse Bay Yes 10 min/800 m 6 No 5m
Camp Bay Yes On the Track 20 Yes 5m
Bay of Many Coves No On the Track 6 Yes 305m
Black Rock No On the Track 4 Yes 260m
Cowshed Bay No 10 min/1 km 30 No 5m
Mistletoe Bay (private)* Yes 15 min/1.2 km 20 Yes 5m
Umungata (Davies Bay) No 2 min/100 m 25 Yes 1m

– * Private, on land administered by DOC.
– Toilets provided at all campsites.
– Water generally available at all campsites. It should be treated, boiled or filtered, and used sparingly. In dry weather water may run out.
– No fires at all times anywhere along the track.