Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

Trip Code: PHXQ

Why we love it

Hike sections of the Queen Charlotte Track with an expert local leader, weaving through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island while learning about its history., Venture from the historic site at Meretoto to the beautiful Endeavour Inlet where you’ll have the chance to explore the bay in a kayak or on a stand up paddleboard., Wander along the coastline through gorgeous native bush and listen for the calls of fantails and bellbirds before arriving at the picturesque seaside settlement of Punga Cove., The scenery may be wild but your accommodation couldn’t be more comfortable – rest your head each night in well positioned lodges with modern amenities.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

Important information

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 9am on Day 1 at Cougar Line at Picton Marina on the corner of London Quay & Wellington Street under the 3 purple flags. It is very important you will be at the pick-up point on time as the group will take a ferry to Meretoto at 10am. Please note, departures from May to September will run on Winter ferry timetable, therefore Welcome Meting will start at 8am, and ferry departure will take place at 9am.

2. You are expected to arrive back in Picton on Day 4 in mid-afternoon. There is no accommodation included on the last day in Picton, however we can request any additional nights should you need them.

3. A single supplement is available for this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

4. Please note, there may be no or very little time to organise your lunch on Day 1. We suggest you prepare and bring your own picnic style lunch for that day.

What to bring/pack

Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., ESSENTIAL

Refillable water bottle - minimum of 1 litre.
Waterproof raincoat
Sturdy footwear for tramping (this is what hiking is called in New Zealand!)
Shorts for walking
T-shirts for fine weather
Fleece jacket or microfleece top
Warm, protective clothing
Thermal underwear (for cooler months)
Warm hat – fleece or woolen (for cooler months)
Gloves (for cooler months)
Woolen or thermal socks
Sunscreen / Sun protection
Insect repellent
First aid kit
Torch & Batteries (for winter months)
“Second Skin” / plasters for blisters
Waterproof/plastic pack liner

- Pack all your clothing in plastic bags inside your pack liner for added rain protection.
- Keep your pack as light as possible while still taking the essentials – a lighter pack for walking during the day will enhance your experience. Remember that a pack transfer service is offered to ensure a completely enjoyable walk.
- Remember there are restaurants along the way to buy meals and you may find some of the accommodation operators sell extra provisions as you go along but if you require specific provisions, you are advised to carry all provisions with you., WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating


The walking on this trip is over easy to moderate terrain and distances covered can vary from 5 to 20 km (please check day descriptions for details). Some of the walks are circular but some can be out-and-back walks. Be prepared for daily ascents and descents, sometimes with short, steep sections. Terrain can be rocky with loose gravel, or with roots, which may become slippery when wet. This tour is ideal for nature lovers and the leaders set an even pace, providing time to take photos and to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.

Joining your group

Picton Marina - Cougar Line, Corner London Quay & Wellington Street Under the 3 Purple Flags, Picton, NEW ZEALAND

Joining instructions

Pickup will be at 9am at Cougar Line at Picton Marina on the corner of London Quay & Wellington Street under the 3 purple flags.

Finishing your trip

Picton Marina - Cougar Line, Corner London Quay & Wellington Street Under the 3 Purple Flags, Picton, NEW ZEALAND

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 3

Lunches included: 1

Dinners included: 1

New Zealand is renowned for its fresh air and clean waters. Fresh food, including dairy (amazing cheese and milk), produce, seafood and meat - especially lamb. From high end restaurants and gastro pubs and cafe's to local restaurants and suburban dairies there is plenty of choice for all budgets. Wine is also done extremely well in NZ and not just sav blanc, but excellent pinot's and cool climate red's.

Vegetarians and Vegans are well catered for in New Zealand and most restaurants and cafe's will have a good selection of vegetarian meals. Gluten and Lactose free diets are also well catered for. 

Tap water is safe and delicious in cities and towns. Further out of town its best to check with your guide if in doubt. Please bring a reusable bottle and drink tap water where you can. You'll use less plastic, saving both the environment and money.

New Zealand has strict laws regarding arriving with fruit and veg into the country. Please pay attention to signs when arriving internationally.

Please budget approximately $15 per lunch, and $20 - $40 for each dinner, perhaps a little more if you intend to also enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your meal.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: +64 9 520 5593



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