Meretoto / Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet
Distance: 17 km Approx Time: 5.5 hr
There is no road to Meretoto/Ship Cove so you will need to arrange boat transport to start your walk there. Camping is not permitted at Meretoto/Ship Cove but there are toilet facilities. Most visitors take time to explore the historic site and enjoy reading the interpretation panels.
The track climbs away from the beach, passing through a largely unmodified forest, where the high canopy is complemented by a diverse understorey of shrubs and small trees. On the ridges higher up, beech trees dominate. After 1 hour walking, you will reach a lookout point at a saddle, where you will enjoy good views of both the inner and outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui. Beyond the saddle, the track drops into Resolution Bay, where there is a DOC campsite at Schoolhouse Bay and further along, private cabin accommodation.
From Resolution Bay the track follows a well-graded old bridle path over a ridge and into Endeavour Inlet. It winds downward and follows the shoreline to the head of the inlet, where interpretation signs recall the antimony mining era. Private accommodation is available along the way.
Pick up / Drop off Points
Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park, Resolution Bay Cabins, The Bluewater Lodge, Seaview Apartments, Furneaux Lodge, The Woolshed, Miner’s Farmstay & Campground
Schoolhouse Bay campsite (DOC), Miner’s Farmstay & Campground