The Great Track and Pack Pass offers the ultimate Queen Charlotte Track experience - 71 kilometres from Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Choose your walking/ cycling distances and accommodation stopovers and enjoy verdant New Zealand forest (bush) with its vocal birdlife, and accommodation to suit your budget.
Your adventure will begin as you cruise north from Picton on one of the Beachcomber’s fleet through the drowned river valleys of the Queen Charlotte Sound, past idyllic bays where jetties jut into silken water. If you are lucky you may see some of the rich wildlife of this unique region: dolphins, orcas, seals, penguins, albatross and gannets.
Your skipper will talk about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and – if there is time- will get closer to any passing wildlife, including dolphins who like to play in the wake of the boat.
At Ship Cove, you will learn about the historically significant bay which provided safe anchorage, food, water and timber for explorer Captain James Cook and his ship crews on five separate occasions in the 1770s.
The Queen Charlotte Track, which is part of the Te Araroa pathway, offers a variety of experiences. You will walk/bike through cool native trees and ferns which open out to reveal stunning views, follow the shoreline around Endeavour Inlet, up and along a ridge which divides the sparkling blue waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the opaquely green sea of the sheltered Kenepuru Sound, and down to secluded beaches where you can swim or rest.
We recommend that the track is walked or biked from north to south and your accommodation booked prior to your departure from Picton.
The Great Track & Pack Pass includes the following:
- A drop-off at Ship Cove (the beginning of the track) on one of our 3 scheduled boats.
- A pick-up from Anakiwa at 3:30pm with an approximate arrival back in Picton of 4:00pm/4:30pm.
- Free luggage transfers along the track
View Queen Charlotte Track accommodation here.