Queen Charlotte Track Walks

Queen Charlotte Track Walks

Track Walk Options » Torea Bay to Punga Cove

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Torea Bay to Punga Cove

Duration: 6-8 hours walking

Distance: Approximately 23.6 kms.

Route: From Torea Bay to Punga Cove

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Things you may find useful on your trip:
  • Q.C.T.L.C. Pass if crossing private land
  • Food and water (some nearby lodges do meals and snacks; check opening hours)
  • Eftpos card/money (means & snacks at some lodges)
  • Queen Charlotte Track brochure. Download PDF
  • Sunhat, warm clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Bike repair kit (if biking)
  • Warm layer of clothes and hat
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • First aid kit: insect repellent, personal medication (e.g. antihistamine for allergy to wasp stings)
  • Track elevation map PDF
  • Track Accommodation Guide PDF
  • Camera (recommended)
Track Safety

More information on Track Safety can be found on the Department of Conservation website

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.

This full day walk from Torea Bay to Punga Cove is the most challenging and rewarding section of the Queen Charlotte Track. After a steep climb out of Torea Bay you will climb through native bush to the ridge which divides the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.

The track weaves in and out of regenerating forest along the undulating ridge line. At your feet, you will see the bays and coves of the intricate coastline stretching into the distance. Sometimes you will see the opaque green waters of Kenepuru Sound, at other times the sparkling blue sea of Queen Charlotte Sound. Watch out for weka and you may hear the liquid notes of bellbirds and other native New Zealand birds.

Please note a good level of fitness is required to get you to Punga Cove in time to meet our boat at approximately 4.20pm. You can buy meals and drinks at the Boatshed Bar, beside the wharf.

Route Map for Torea Bay to Punga Cove