Queen Charlotte Track - 4 Day Deluxe Independent Walk - Furneaux Lodge, Mahana Lodge & Raetihi Lodge
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: QCT4DDeluxeIndepFMR
Day 1 - Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge (approx. 14km/5 hours)
We collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join Beachcomber Cruises service to Ship Cove where your walk begins. This scenic & historic reserve was a favourite anchorage for Captain Cook during his explorations in the 1770s. Experience virgin beech forest at its best plus stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take time to explore the waterfall walk and the Captain Cook memorial and then set off on the track proper.
Accommodation - Furneaux Lodge
Furneaux Lodge comprises an original 1906 homestead with a popular restaurant/bar and offers upmarket studio units in a delightfully picturesque setting.
Day 2 - Furneaux lodge to Mahana Lodge (approx. 4 hours/12km)
Today’s mainly coastal walk takes you around the inlet through regenerating native bush to the call of bellbirds, fantails and other NZ native birds. Pause at the head of the bay to learn more about antimony & the mining industry that thrived there in the 1880s. Follow the main track onwards and into Big Bay before working your way towards Camp Bay and, 15 minutes on from there, Mahana Homestead (past Punga Cove).
Accommodation - Mahana Lodge
Mahana Lodge is nestled in the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, on the Queen Charlotte Track far from the hustle and bustle of city life. The clear waters of Endeavour Inlet stretch out towards bush covered mountains and often the only sound is the gentle lapping of the waves, and the song of the bellbird. Mahana is an oasis for the weary with its delightful and lovingly restored historic homestead where you dine on the verandah looking out into the bay to the purpose built lodge with four new ensuite rooms and shared guest lounge. Visit the extensive organic vegetable garden, enjoy free range eggs and test your hosts' knowledge of the local flora and fauna - you won't be disappointed! A stay at Mahana while walking the Queen Charlotte Track is always memorable . . . people search the world over for a respite such as this . . .
Day 3 - Mahana Lodge to Torea Saddle/Portage Bay – Raetihi Lodge (approx. 8 hours/24.5km)
NB. Optional boat trip to Portage Bay for non-walkers - at own cost.
It’s a challenging day walking on the ridgeline between Mahana Lodge & Torea Saddle near Portage. Truly grand vistas abound round every corner – a wonderful reward indeed. Those who feel like a day’s rest can opt for a boat ride around the bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Portage Bay.
Kenepuru Water Taxi’s will meet you at Portage Bay and will bring you to Raetihi Lodge.
Accommodation – Raetihi Lodge
Nestled in a secluded bay of extraordinary natural beauty in the Kenepuru Sound is Raetihi Lodge. Since the 1930s, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Marlborough Sounds. Extensively rebuilt, its accommodation and facilities are rated 4 star plus Hosted Qualmark with luxury and comfort set amidst the serenity and nature of the Marlborough Sounds. A water's edge retreat, Raetihi Lodge sets its own standards for gracious and unsurpassed hospitality. Rooms feature a fridge, mini-bar, ensuite, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe; all the comfort you'll need. There is complimentary email and internet facilities and wireless internet throughout the property. Dine on an ever changing feast of seafood and fresh local produce, themed to suit the season and complemented by the finest regional wines in New Zealand. Everyday dining at Raetihi Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is informal but elegant and relaxed, the epitome of fresh New Zealand cuisine...
Day 4 - Raetihi Lodge to Portage Bay/Anakiwa (approx 7 hours)
won’t want to leave but today you depart Raetihi Lodge and begin this morning with a water taxi
back to Portage Bay and then return to the ridgeline to continue your hike
along the Queen Charlotte Track. Beautiful views are to be had back
towards Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound and further into
the Kenepuru Sound.
Open farmland and a grand native bush section to finish is a fitting finale. Today you return by boat from the Outward Bound wharf in Anakiwa by joining Beachcomber Cruises service back to Picton.