Camping on the Track


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.


Our Members have campsites at Miner’s Farmstay & Campground and at Mistletoe Bay Eco Village.

Department of ConservationThe Department of Conservation (DOC) operate campsites within the Queen Charlotte Track. These are basic non-powered sites. Check individual listings for more detail.

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 On the Track 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.
    Note: In dry weather water may run out.
  • No fires at all times anywhere along the track.

Walk the Track

You can walk the track in 3-5 days, set your own pace.
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Bike The Track

The Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand's Great Rides with 72km of continuous single track.
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Enjoy all the Queen Charlotte Track has to offer

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