• SELF-GUIDED
  • 4 DAYS
  • Moderate
PRICE FROM $ 815 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $ 300 per person

OVERVIEW

The Queen Charlotte walk is one of New Zealand's best, and most picturesque, walks.  The much-celebrated views over the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound, stunning native forest, and the well-deserved gourmet reputation of the Marlborough work together for a one-of-a kind walking experience. Walk in and out of your accommodation each day, walking from the beginning of the track at Ship Cove all the way to the end at Anakiwa.

Famous for its wine and food, the Marlborough region does not disappoint. This is a magical encounter for all the senses both on and off the track. The accommodations are all excellent and are to be found right next to the track, snuggled up to Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the Queen Charlotte track end-to-end from Ship Cove to Anakiwa
  • Astonishing coastline, stunning coves, and old-growth forest
  • Lush rainforest gullies sheltering massive tree ferns
  • Spot rimu trees, waterfalls and glow worms at night
  • Eatwell lookout with sensational, 360-degree views over Endeavour Inlet and Bay of Many Coves
  • Stay in comfort on the edge of the Sounds each night, whilst enjoying nature at its best

AT A GLANCE

TRIP LENGTH
4 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate
PRICE FROM
$ 815 per person twin/double share
SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 300 per person

ITINERARY

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort
  • 3 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • 3 walkers lunches
  • Comprehensive Stroll tracks notes

ACCOMMODATION & DINING DESKTOP

The highlight of the Queen Charlotte walk is staying in accommodations right next to the track itself. The accommodations are all excellent and are further enhanced by their position right on the water. At night, marvel at the incredible beauty of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural areas and the peacefulness of the Sounds. It’s the First-World luxury of these accommodations, together with the wonder of the walk itself, that makes the Queen Charlotte Track as popular as it is.

You will be warmly welcomed by all of our hosts, who are ready to assist in any way they can.

Each accommodation has their own onsite restaurants. You will need to pay directly for lunch on the first day, all dinners and all breakfasts on this walking holiday. A packed lunch is included on days 2, 3 & 4. If you would prefer a package with most meals included please see our 6 Day Self Guided Queen Charlotte Walk or the 5 Day Self Guided Queen Charlotte Walk. 

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available all year round. We do however suggest you try to avoid January and February when the area gets very crowded with holidaymakers. There is a surcharge at this time and the walking temperature is slightly warmer. However New Zealand is generally cooler than Australia, so there’s no need to worry unless you are really susceptible to heat.  Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk from a temperature perspective.

WALKING

This track is mostly undulating but well-graded. Walks on average about 17 km a day, with some elevation, so please consider this when choosing this walk. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it. There’s also time to relax and enjoy all of the lodges and hotels, and the gorgeous surroundings of the Sounds. 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

There are many ways to get to and from the track. If you have time, it might suit you best to mix the methods of travel to facilitate the best experience.

  1. By car, you can drive to Picton from anywhere on the South Island. It makes the most sense to fly to Christchurch in order to facilitate a ‘drive and explore’ of the east coast, namely Kaikoura and Akaroa (Banks Peninsula). From the North Island, simply take the ferry across from Wellington.
  2. Fly to Wellington and get an onward flight to Blenheim where you can get picked up for an extra cost. This is the fastest way of getting to the start of the Queen Charlotte Track.
  3. Fly to Wellington and take the ferry across Cook Strait which arrives right next to your hotel in Picton.
  4. Fly to Christchurch and catch the famous Coastal Pacific train to Picton. This train journey is touted as one of the greatest in the world. From the train station, it’s a short 3 to 4-minute walk to your hotel.
  5. Get an onward flight to Nelson from all New Zealand’s major centres, where it is possible to get a private transfer at your own cost. This is one of the best transport options for the Queen Charlotte walk. If you do the Abel Tasman walk with us as well, we will handle all the transfers for both trips to and from the tracks to Nelson or close by. 

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. As mentioned earlier, book well in advance for January and February due to the summer School Holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays. However, we know that you’ll still have many questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@Stroll.com

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    Details
  • 1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
    AVAILABLE

    from $ 815

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $ 300

    No availability Jan-Mar.

  • 1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILABLE

    from $ 850

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $ 315

sections

Overview

The Queen Charlotte walk is one of New Zealand's best, and most picturesque, walks.  The much-celebrated views over the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound, stunning native forest, and the well-deserved gourmet reputation of the Marlborough work together for a one-of-a kind walking experience. Walk in and out of your accommodation each day, walking from the beginning of the track at Ship Cove all the way to the end at Anakiwa.

Famous for its wine and food, the Marlborough region does not disappoint. This is a magical encounter for all the senses both on and off the track. The accommodations are all excellent and are to be found right next to the track, snuggled up to Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Walk the Queen Charlotte track end-to-end from Ship Cove to Anakiwa
  • Astonishing coastline, stunning coves, and old-growth forest
  • Lush rainforest gullies sheltering massive tree ferns
  • Spot rimu trees, waterfalls and glow worms at night
  • Eatwell lookout with sensational, 360-degree views over Endeavour Inlet and Bay of Many Coves
  • Stay in comfort on the edge of the Sounds each night, whilst enjoying nature at its best
Itinerary
What’s Included
  • Full access to the Queen Charlotte track in superb comfort
  • 3 nights accommodation in beautiful lodge accommodations
  • Walk the entire track end to end pack free
  • 3 walkers lunches
  • Comprehensive Stroll tracks notes
Accommodation & Dining

The highlight of the Queen Charlotte walk is staying in accommodations right next to the track itself. The accommodations are all excellent and are further enhanced by their position right on the water. At night, marvel at the incredible beauty of one of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural areas and the peacefulness of the Sounds. It’s the First-World luxury of these accommodations, together with the wonder of the walk itself, that makes the Queen Charlotte Track as popular as it is.

You will be warmly welcomed by all of our hosts, who are ready to assist in any way they can.

Each accommodation has their own onsite restaurants. You will need to pay directly for lunch on the first day, all dinners and all breakfasts on this walking holiday. A packed lunch is included on days 2, 3 & 4. If you would prefer a package with most meals included please see our 6 Day Self Guided Queen Charlotte Walk or the 5 Day Self Guided Queen Charlotte Walk. 

General Info

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available all year round. We do however suggest you try to avoid January and February when the area gets very crowded with holidaymakers. There is a surcharge at this time and the walking temperature is slightly warmer. However New Zealand is generally cooler than Australia, so there’s no need to worry unless you are really susceptible to heat.  Spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) are excellent times to walk from a temperature perspective.

WALKING

This track is mostly undulating but well-graded. Walks on average about 17 km a day, with some elevation, so please consider this when choosing this walk. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it. There’s also time to relax and enjoy all of the lodges and hotels, and the gorgeous surroundings of the Sounds. 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

There are many ways to get to and from the track. If you have time, it might suit you best to mix the methods of travel to facilitate the best experience.

  1. By car, you can drive to Picton from anywhere on the South Island. It makes the most sense to fly to Christchurch in order to facilitate a ‘drive and explore’ of the east coast, namely Kaikoura and Akaroa (Banks Peninsula). From the North Island, simply take the ferry across from Wellington.
  2. Fly to Wellington and get an onward flight to Blenheim where you can get picked up for an extra cost. This is the fastest way of getting to the start of the Queen Charlotte Track.
  3. Fly to Wellington and take the ferry across Cook Strait which arrives right next to your hotel in Picton.
  4. Fly to Christchurch and catch the famous Coastal Pacific train to Picton. This train journey is touted as one of the greatest in the world. From the train station, it’s a short 3 to 4-minute walk to your hotel.
  5. Get an onward flight to Nelson from all New Zealand’s major centres, where it is possible to get a private transfer at your own cost. This is one of the best transport options for the Queen Charlotte walk. If you do the Abel Tasman walk with us as well, we will handle all the transfers for both trips to and from the tracks to Nelson or close by. 

WEATHER

December through February is usually warm to hot with excellent swimming weather. As mentioned earlier, book well in advance for January and February due to the summer School Holidays. March through May and September to November is usually cooler, with long sunny days, perfect for walking.

See the New Zealand Meteorological Service for information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays. However, we know that you’ll still have many questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form or email us at info@Stroll.com

Map
Departure Dates
  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • Date
    1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from $ 815
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $ 300
    DETAILS

    No availability Jan-Mar.

  • Date
    1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025
    AVAILIBILITY
    AVAILABLE
    PRICE
    from $ 850
    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $ 315
    DETAILS

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