Queen Charlotte Track - 4 Day Upgrade Independent Walk - Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove & Portage Hotel
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: QCT4DUpIndepFPP
Day 0 - A pre-tour briefing is conducted the day prior in Picton at 5pm.
Day 1 - Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet
(Approx. 5 hours/14km)
After collection from your Picton accommodation, catch the water taxi for your trip to Ship Cove where the walk begins. Hike around the scenic bays and coves of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet. Furneaux Lodge comprises an original 1906 homestead with a popular restaurant/bar and offers both fully self-contained chalets and upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting.
Day 2 – Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove, Endeavour Inlet
(Approx. 4 hours/12km)
Travel the coast around Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other New Zealand native birds. Nestled amidst a profusion of punga ferns, Punga Cove’s well-appointed standard and upgrade units are a welcome respite. The restaurant with its impressive ridge top view across the bay completes a perfect day.
Day 3 - Punga Cove to Portage/Torea Saddle
(Approx. 8 hours/22.5km)
A challenging but rewarding day on the ridgeline between Punga Cove & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas feature round every corner with views back to Picton and over both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. Portage is a well-established accommodation place with a fine restaurant, relaxed cafe & comfortable natural timber chalets.
Day 4 - Torea Saddle
(Approx. 7 hours/20.5km)
Farewell Portage Bay and ascend to the ridgeline once again, enjoying stunning views. Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale. Today you return to Picton by around 4-4.30pm by water taxi from Anakiwa to compete your journey.