Queen Charlotte Track - 5 Day Deluxe Guided Walk - Furneaux Lodge, Mahana Lodge and 2 nights Raetihi Lodge

Queen Charlotte Track - 5 Day Deluxe Guided Walk - Furneaux Lodge, Mahana Lodge and 2 nights Raetihi Lodge
From NZD $2,995.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Product code: QCT5DDeluxeGuidedFM2R
  • Day 1 - Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge

  • (approx. 14km/5 hours)

  • We will collect you from your accommodation in Picton to join the boat trip to Motuara Island for a bird sanctuary tour en route to Ship Cove. Learn about the fascinating marine life of this area and, if we are lucky, see dolphins as well!  Enjoy a short warm up walk on Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary to the lookout – this affords spectacular 360deg views of the Marlborough Sounds – and  see many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species. Arrive late morning at Ship Cove to begin our walk. 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 throughout today’s walk. NB. Our visit to Motuara Island is weather dependent – this is due to the fact there are no toilets or shelter on the island.

  • 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 - Rest Day at
    Raetihi Lodge –
    a wonderful chance to relax


    Day 5 - Raetihi Lodge to Portage
    Bay/Anakiwa (approx 7 hours)

    You 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.