Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte Track



250 Rankers Reviews

243 Face-to-Face

414 Walking

35 Picton / Marlborough Sounds



Amazing vistas along the Queen Charlotte
Native bush - Queen Charlotte
View of bay at dusk


Time: From 1 hour to 5 days one way, Total Distance: 70 km

The Queen Charlotte Track is less fashionable that its Abel Tasman neighbour but with less people and killer scenery, traveller feedback suggests its a sleeping giant worth visiting. Most people walking the whole track start at Ship Cove (see map) which is only accessible by water taxi. Many people also choose to take water taxis or drive to access a short walk along other parts of the track from places like Anakiwa. You can also get your gear transported by boat leaving you to walk or bike in comfort, this also means you can skip some sections if you want a rest! Accommodation along the track ranges from campsites to 5 star resorts so its an experience for everyone.

Do realise that this track is also open to mountain bikers all year. Remember they can get just as much of a fright as you when you encounter one another. There are no bikes allowed on the section between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Head between December and February.

You need to buy a Track Pass to access the private land sections of track. Please see www.qctlc.com for more information on the Pass and where to buy it.

$10 for a day pass
$18 for a multiday pass
$25 for a yearly seasonal pass


Feature Value Info


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


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Benedikt Lorenz


Ranking: 7/10

We could not start early enough to take the boat to Ship Cove, so we just did the first little section of the walk from Anakiwa - there could be maybe boats for late people.......

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Theresa Flach


Ranking: 9/10

The walk is quite nice even if you are doing just a day walk. And, I think the DOC huts are quite cheap, you also have a great view over the bay.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jonas Neumann


Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful walk, did not expect it to be so beautiful on top of the mountains after walking through the forest.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Andy's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We only did a short track to the lookout but it had nice views and good sign postage all along the way.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Malcolm's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A straightforward hike but some areas through regrowth bush and less pristine areas. Also busy as part of the Te Araroa trail.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Bettina Enigl


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful forests and great lookouts over the Marlborough Sounds.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Gabriel Prerot


Ranking: 8/10

We did a small return trip to the first lookout. The path is nice and fresh and offers a very nice view at the lookout. A well chosen idea if you only want a 10km track.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Mikulas and Dominika

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

We have paid for a water taxi, it took us to Ship Cove, we have split the trek into three days, 27, 25, 22km, campsites are really cool. The water taxi could take your luggage during the trip (included in the fare), very beautiful multi day trip with astonishing views, water taxi was a little bit too expensive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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