The Queen Charlotte Track is neither easy nor
difficult. For walkers and bikers alike a moderate
level of fitness and experience is required.
enjoy your walk you need to be able to carry a
medium sized backpack containing your personal
belongings weighing 5 - 7kg (10 - 14lbs) for 6
- 8 hours over 15 - 21kms (9 - 13 miles) of track
If you are not a regular walker we suggest you
begin a daily walking regime 6-8 weeks before
departure. Carry a backpack and gradually increase
the distance you walk. Staircase or hill climbing
will leave you even better prepared for your challenge.
Thousands of walkers enjoy the Queen Charlotte
Track each year without any problems. The average
age of walkers is 40+ while many of those who
enjoy the track are in their 60s and beyond.
is of utmost importance. It is advised that all
walkers carry a first aid kit with them along
The track surface varies from smooth well-formed
paths to rough terrain broken by rocks and tree
roots. There are steep rocky downhill sections
and you may have to cross small streams and wade
in deep water after heavy rain. We encourage you
to walk at your own pace, enjoy the scenery and
serenity of the track.
In the event of the weather deteriorating along
the track there is the option of an early exit
or transfer by boat to the next accommodation
point. This must be pre-arranged however and extra
costs will be incurred.