Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte Track



6 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

13 Picton / Marlborough Sounds

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One of the best multi-day rides in NZ! (71kms)

For you mountain bikers out there, this is one of the best tracks in New Zealand! Amazing views and wicked riding. You can ride this over 2-3 days depending on your level of riding and fitness.

Most of the track is fully ride-able, a few sections are incredibly steep and only single-speed Euro's seem to be able to go up them non-stop......

You need to organise a shuttle to drop you off at the start at Ship Cove, then back to where ever you left your car - lots of places offer this service which seem best organised from Picton.

The coolest thing is that you can get your packs taken from campsite to campsite - bring a beer for the post riding debrief - yeehaa!

There is a range of accommodation along the way from DOC campsites to flash bed and breakfasts. Well worth doing, there are hikers along the track so make sure you have a bell to warn them of your arrival so that they can get out of your way.


Feature Value Info


DOC Activities

Central government organisation


South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Cycling
  • Free


Dawn Dodd 's avatar

Dawn Dodd


Ranking: 8/10

Information is incorrect, it was given as 'no problems' - we had to push bikes to the top and could not ride down due to a poor track.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Marcel Felder's avatar

Marcel Felder


Ranking: 9/10

Worth the super views of the scenery. Great support by watertaxi with the luggage to the campsite.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jan Legein's avatar

Jan Legein


Ranking: 9/10

A very nice track with 21 fantastic viewpoints!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

AndreF's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

rode it in november 2011 from camp bay to picton in one day (68km) with a fully. i was a little bit irritated by the brochures which said that for both track-sections in sum 8h of cycling are recommended. as i´m a very fit rider i finished this section to anakiwa in 4:45h in dry conditions with short stops. some few steep sections must be walked but 98% was ridable. but be careful at each corner to avoid collision with walkers or other cyclists. the track it self was easy (for my skill level) and is well prepared, but might become difficult in some sections when wet. also at peak walking season it could become disappointing to pass the hikers. the water taxi transport was good, but they dropped me of last (10:30am) at camp bay.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Pieke's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic ride. Completed it over 2 days, the first day was short and a bit of a shock to the system it was very hilly, the next day was great, still lots of hills but it seemed easier. Our bags were carried from place to place, so we managed to bring a few treats along for the trip. I would recommend this to all, an intermediate level of fitness is required for sure. Bring lots of water, not many streams along the hilltops.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

Extremo's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I rode the track with a few friends last February, and what an amazing experience! Wicked views and pretty quiet. I felt a bit sorry for the walkers as having people on bikes coming up from behind must be a bit scary. Using the waster taxis to bring our packs around each night was definitely the way to go - primo having a well earned beer at the end of the day. The track itself was excellent, well groomed and almost all rideable. a few steep narrow parts meant walking, however I guess this would depend on your skill level as some people rode past me on single speeds....

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2010