Queen Charlotte Track Packages
Gorgeous coastal views, the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and native bush – the Queen Charlotte Track is utterly unique. Combining the best of New Zealand walking and biking with a seamless network of cruise and pack transfers, resorts and lodges and great food and wine, whether you’re here for one day or five, the 73.5 km Queen Charlotte Track is brilliant every day.
Stretching between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds lies the Queen Charlotte Track, unique partnership between the Department of Conservation (DOC), Marlborough District Council and private landowners.
Visitors to the Queen Charlotte Track, will find this journey is as much about a walking/biking holiday as it is an environmental, cultural and lifestyle experience.
A brief history
The Queen Charlotte Walkway and the surrounding area is part of the special history of the Sounds. The track itself is based on a network of pioneer day bridle paths – a humble beginning for what has become such an outstanding walking track in New Zealand.
The Queen Charlotte Walkway has been in development, as a public walkway, since the early 1980’s. After initial work by local landowners to create a walk-able track from 1981 – 1983 a rough walking track was opened for the public to use in early 1983.
With the Track growing in popularity over the years it now has a worldwide reputation as a great New Zealand hiking and biking trail. Today walkers and mountain bikers from all over New Zealand and around the world enjoy the 73.5 km of the Queen Charlotte Track.
The Queen Charlotte Track is OPEN.
Please check for or any track updates before you leave.
The Queen Charlotte Track in its entirety is OPEN!
Please note that whilst the QCT is open, parts of the QCT are newly formed and are extremely soft, muddy and narrow in places. Please access the QCT with caution, and there are still ongoing repairs and machinery in some areas. Cyclists may need to walk the QCT in some sections due to being slippery terrain and narrow pathways.
- Accommodation providers on the Kenepuru side who have confidence their guests will not access the closed road area are able to operate.
Come prepared and things to know before you go. If you are staying overnight on the track it is essential to prebook your accommodation on the track or take a tent.
- Fees- a QCTLC Pass is required for all Queen Charlotte Track private land between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa.
- Walking / Biking Times - These are recommended times ONLY and do not include stops along the track.
- Travel Light -simple supplies, meals & drinks can be purchased along the way.
- Pack Transfers - Arrange for your luggage to be transferred to your daily destination.
- Water - Always carry drinking water.
Picton Cruise Ship Information
Planning on walking the track when your cruise ship is here in Picton for the day? Check Shore Excursion Tours for availability.