for it's relaxing coastal walks. From fern fringed bays and lush green forest to stunning skyline vistas, it's easy to see why.
Top this with comfortable accommodation in luxury lodges, along with excellent three
course meals and you have all the requirements for a gourmet walking, or mountain
biking holiday in style.
Walked over four days, The Queen Charlotte Track (71 km, 40 miles) is well maintained,
with the majority of the streams bridged, and has a variety of gradients and surfaces with a wide compact base, hence stout footwear is advised.
A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk the Queen Charlotte Track, although
there are options available if you wish to travel by water taxi from each lodge, on any given
day of the walk. You only need to carry a light day bag containing your camera, lunch and
water bottle, as your overnight luggage is transferred by water taxi each day.
The beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track is that it can be walked any season as the
Marlborough Sounds enjoys a mild, temperate climate throughout the year. Winter is an
ideal walking time with clear, sunny days and fewer people than the more popular
This trip is perfect for couples, especially where one chooses to walk, while the other can
relax and travel to each lodge via water taxi.