Come prepared and things to know before you go.
To make sure you enjoy your Queen Charlotte Track experience as much as possible it is essential you plan, prepare and equip yourself well. Ensure you have the correct equipment and skills required for the trip and always check the latest information about regional weather conditions and facilities you plan to use. Download your Track Map here.
Be Environmentally Friendly
Please light no fires, no hunting, firearms or dogs, no motorised access.
Please no littering.
Think safety and courtesy.
Pass holders accept full responsibility to use the track at their own risk.
Walking / Biking Times
Boil any water before drinking or for cooking purposes.
Do not use soap in streams.
Please use water in the campsites sparingly. Water taps are provided at the DOC campsites and washing sinks are provided in the cooking shelters.
During dry seasons a water supply may be empty.
To ensure the toilet systems run efficiently and don’t smell, close the toilet lid after use, and close the toilet door. Do not put rubbish or food scraps in the toilets. For personal hygiene, walkers should carry hand-sanitising lotion.
Please use the toilets where they have been provided and avoid polluting bush margins and waterways. If you do need to go to the toilet away from a toilet facility, go at least 50 m (100 steps) off the track and bury your toilet waste in the shallow organic layers of the topsoil, well away from any flowing water.
Wasps & Insects
To maintain the goodwill of the landowners, visitors should respect all private property and not take vehicles, firearms or dogs on the track. Fires are a serious threat to private land and all forests. Open fires are not permitted anywhere on the track due to the high fire risk. Smoking is not permitted along the track.
Please remember: The Sounds Foreshore Reserve Public access to most bays and beaches in the Marlborough Sounds is guaranteed by the unique Sounds Foreshore Reserve. This is an approximately 20-metre wide strip of publicly owned land above the mean high water mark. If you use this reserve, please respect the rights of any nearby residents. Some landowners have riparian (private) rights to the foreshore.