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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

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Picton, New Zealand
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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(888) 651-9785

Overview

If you’re planning to hike in the Marlborough Sounds, this local boat service ensures easy round-trip transport from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three self-guided walks of varying length and challenge. Hop on the boat in the morning to the start of your route at Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay, then be picked up at the other end of your hike in the late afternoon. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea on board as you take in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. 
  • Round-trip boat service and self-guided walk on Queen Charlotte Track, from Picton
  • Choose from three different routes according to your taste for an incredible experience of the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Explore historic Ship Cove before setting out on the trail (if option chosen)
  • Get spectacular views of the Queen Charlotte Sound, and various beaches and forests
  • Look and listen for native birds such as oyster catchers, weka and silvereye
  • Enjoy hiking one of the most popular tracks in New Zealand
  • Rejuvenate with purchased drinks at resorts near the ferry piers and complimentary coffee and tea aboard the boat
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Live commentary on board
Food and drinks (available to purchase on the track)
Guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
London Quay, Picton 7250, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This round-trip boat service from Picton makes a day hike on the Queen Charlotte Track an easy option for those short on time. The entire 44-mile (70-km) track normally takes a few days complete, but you can explore one of three sections in just one day. This popular tramping route is known for its astounding vistas over Queen Charlotte Sound, situated within the greater Marlborough Sounds. You’ll trek past lush native plants and historic landmarks while on the lookout for birdlife.

Leaving Picton in the morning, climb aboard the boat and cruise Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay to the starting point of your chosen hike. When you reach the other end, the boat picks you up in the late afternoon for the return trip to Picton, which includes complimentary tea or coffee on board. 

Choose from three options in the Itinerary for your day hike along the Queen Charlotte Track. 

You can purchase a drink or bite to eat at the lodges at the end of each walk, but it is recommended that you bring your own snacks and drinks to keep you fortified throughout the day.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to consume on board
  • Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
  • Not accessible for motorized wheelchairs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 9:00am
  • Please note that day walk departure and pick up times are at a set schedule and returns at 5:30pm
  • Not suitable for guests visiting by cruise ship due to timings conflicts
  • You must have a good level of fitness to achieve the walks in the allotted time
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beachcomber Cruises

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton.

Traveler Tips


  • "Great opportunity to experience hiking the Queen Charlotte Track on a day trip with a very convenient drop-off and pick-up at certain points of the track ." See review

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Great day trip, beautiful sights and even dolphins
Sarah_A
, Feb 2021
Wonderful boat trip, good knowledge and humour from captain, spent time with dolphins playing alongside boat, Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge was great, lovely bush, good track, stunning views over coast. Definitely recommend this day trip
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Beautiful hiking experience
Maria
, Mar 2020
Great opportunity to experience hiking the Queen Charlotte Track on a day trip with a very convenient drop-off and pick-up at certain points of the track . The boat ride there through the Sounds is also very nice, we had the opportunity to see some seals and dolphins on the way.
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Unable to complete due to timing
willoe2019
, Nov 2019
Unfortunately we could not complete our walk booked through viator as we would not have made it back to the cruise ship in time for departure. Luckily beachcomber tours suggested a cruise on the ‘mail boat’ around Wieen Charlotte Sound to Ships Cove which was great and we then did a nice walk in the Bobs Bay and Harbourview tracks after a lovely lunch in Picton. Think viatour should provide more info to cruise passengers the times. Picton was a beautiful township though!
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Wonderful trip, particularly walk...
Marie J B
, Apr 2018
Wonderful trip, particularly walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. Boat trip great, on time and enjoyable, thank you.
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Well organised trip with the most...
Merril T
, Jan 2018
Well organised trip with the most amazing views you will ever see. We chose the 15km/9mile tramp. There was a lot of UP some steep in places but it was well worth the effort there was plenty of time and even enough time for a beer or a swim, at Furneax Lodge while you wait to be picked.
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The boat-ride to and from Ships...
Tina S
, Jan 2017
The boat-ride to and from Ships cove/Furneaux lodge was cool, with the person at the helm providing info on the area and interesting and funny banter. I enjoyed the walk, and although I am not that fit I found it easy enough to do in the time provided. Also, there were a reasonable number of people on the track which was pleasant. The scenery was beautiful!
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Great walk. A good welcome at...
Pam B
, Dec 2015
Great walk. A good welcome at Furneaux Lodge who kindly helped me dry out. Great trip with Bruce to and from the walk. Bruce was great and managed for us to see dolphin, a family of Orca whales and a seal! What a bonus!
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