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Queen Charlotte Track

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Experience the spectacular Marlborough Sounds whilst walking or biking the Queen Charlotte Track.

The track stretches 70 km from historic Meretoto/Ship Cove through to Anakiwa in the Grove Arm of Queen Charlotte Sound.

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You can walk or ride the track in either direction, but it's best to set from Ship Cove.

If starting from Ship Cove, boat operators are available to carry your pack between accommodation places.

Walking the track;

The walking times mentioned below are only a guide and lean more towards a person with a slow walking speed. A day walker with a light day pack will take less time than a tramper with an overnight pack.

Sections of the track are on private land and a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass is required to walk or ride the track in these sections which are between Kenepuru Saddle and Davies Bay near Anakiwa.

Mountain biking the track;

Mountain biking is a great alternative to walking the Queen Charlotte track. Biking is permitted on the track all year round except for the section between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle, which is closed to bikes over the busy summer season, from 1 December to 28 February each year.

Allow two to three days to ride the entire track, but sections of the track make good day rides, particularly between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle (27 km) and between Mistletoe Bay and Anakiwa (12.5 km).

New Zealand's outdoors offer participants an experience like nowhere else in the world. With changeable conditions and remote areas to explore, it is essential to prepare for every excursion. Planning has been made much easier with the help of resources provided by the NZ Mountain Safety Council and their friends, who want you to have an enjoyable experience and make it home. #MakeItHomeNZ.


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Info via DOC NZ