NZ: QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK CHALLENGE
You are invited to join Big Heart Adventures on our most popular 5 star experience.
A whole-hearted exploration of one of the most picturesque landscapes in New Zealand, on the Queen Charlotte Track walking tour, exploring the beautiful Marlborough region.
Up to 11 female explorers, will take on the 72km Queen Charlotte Track, resting along the way to enjoy local water activities and finishing their journey with a rejuvenating stay in Picton, where additional activities including day spa experiences, winery tours with lunch or water activities can be arranged for those wanting to extend their experience.
Secure your spot today!
AUD $1,000 deposit.
Small group, active challenging trek involving hiking on the Queen Charlotte Track, staying in well appointed, comfortable 4 star accommodation.
21/03/19 – 31/03/19
Wise Women Walking
Up to 11 incl Host
$4,999 per person
Date 21/03/19 – 31/03/19
Start Wellington, New Zealand
Finish Wellington, New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Type Wise Woman Walking
Physical Rating ♦ ♦ ♦
Group Size Up to 11 incl Host
Investment $4,899 per person | twin share
Part proceeds from this tour and funds raised by our Big Heart Adventurers will support Catherine House.
Their mission is to offer recovery-oriented support that works with women accessing their emergency accommodation and services, helping them to achieve greater personal well-being, social and economic participation and a meaningful and satisfying life:
No flights included.
Can be arranged separately, please contact us for more information.
All meals provided as per the itinerary in New Zealand
B x 9 | L x 7 | D x 5
All ferry and land transfers between Wellington and Picton
Luggage service & transfers
10 nights accommodation
5 day Queen Charlotte Walk
Zest Foodie Tour in Wellington
Private guided Maori Highlights Tour at Te Papa Museum
Please note itinerary can be subject to change at anytime.
Once we have collected our bags from the luggage carousel in Wellington, we will be transferred to our hotel. As this is a longish travel day with an early start, we will be adjusting to a new time zone. We will have an opportunity to dine in at the hotel (own expense).
(breakfast + tour tastings)
Today we will also make the crossing from North Island to South Island so we will return by 1pm to the hotel to collect our luggage and be transferred to the Wellington Ferry Terminal.
The Interislander Ferry offers exclusive entry to the Premium Lounge for a more comfortable crossing. A small buffet is available as well as cool drinks, beer, wine and WIFI.
The crossing will take around 3 and a half hours, this will be an ideal time to read, chat and enjoy the scenery as we head into the spectacular Sounds for sunset before our arrival in to Picton. Have your camera ready!
Our motel is a 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal however we will have our luggage collected by our hosts so we can wander freely and take our time before checking in to our accommodation.
Breakfast is not included in our stay here but a small supermarket is located nearby so you may stock up for the next morning or if you have forgotten any essential items for our trek, this is the last opportunity to make any last minute purchases.
Tonight we will have our pre-walk briefing ready for Day 1 on the Queen Charlotte Track tomorrow!
After walking to the harbour, we will board a catamaran or water taxi in Picton and enjoy a 1 hour journey to Ship Cove – be on the lookout for dolphins! Ship Cove is the one place that Captain Cook visited five times to re-provision his ships. As we sweep into Ship Cove you will understand why.
A steady climb out of Ship Cove provides unsurpassed views to the North Island. We follow the track down into Resolution Bay and through to Endeavour Inlet where we spot Furneaux Lodge, our chalet accommodation, with its broad sweeping lawns. We enjoy a magnificent 3 course dinner tonight.
As this is a shorter day of walking, Punga Cove can be reached before their rooms are ready for check-in. We can enjoy a leisurely morning once checked out of Furneaux, with optional side tracks on offer to extend the walking time.
This gentle coastal part of the track provides a good opportunity for us to enjoy a leisurely lunch and stop to enjoy the plentiful bird life along the way. Punga Cove Resort features individual chalets set amongst bush-clad hillside providing stunning views across the Endeavour Inlet. Enjoy the spa and solar heated pool. Views here from the bar at the jetty for a pre-dinner drink and the restaurant up top are sensational. We enjoy another magnificent 3 course dinner tonight.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
This section of the track is the most challenging but also the most rewarding. Climbing away steeply from Punga Cove, the stunning sweeping views being to appear as we walk along the ridge between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. The track is undulating and can be challenging in the early half of the day.
One of the best lookouts today will be on offer – this will add a 45 minute walk to the day as a sidetrip but is absolutely worth it. Lochmara Lodge is located by boat a short distance from the Torea pier. We will be collected here by boat at 4.30pm and taken to our lodgings, offering chalet and hotel style accommodation. Again, a well earned 3 course dinner awaits us this evening.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today is a great opportunity to recharge and reflect, enjoy a swim and some free time.
Lochmara Lodge has many facilities you may wish to make the most of but you may just want to pick one of the 40 odd hammocks on offer and soak it in. We finish our stay with a 3 course meal offering us all the energy we need for our final day of walking.
The Queen Charlotte Track IS accessible from Lochmara Lodge, but rather than skip any sections we will return to our finish point by boat and head back up the hill to Torea Saddle. We have a few uphills on the ridge line and climb to the Track’s highest point of 407 metres. From the summit we will enjoy unsurpassed views into the surrounding Sounds.
Winding down to sea level we will encounter some particularly beautiful native bush reminding us of what must have been before humans arrived. The village of Anakiwa comes into view by mid afternoon and so does the end of our walk on the track. Water transport will collect us and transfer us to Picton at 4pm.
We will enjoy a celebratory dinner as a group at a nearby eatery (own expense).
Stay in Picton for two nights.
Today we have our optional day spa and winery lunch experience at Marlborough Day Spa and Alan Scott Winery for a 3 course lunch with a wine match followed by tea or coffee. We return to Picton later in the afternoon after being thoroughly pampered and spoilt. (own expense)
Your evening is at your leisure as we have no planned activities.
A meal will be served in the Premium Lounge for us and again we can enjoy the spoils of coffee, tea or something stronger and free WIFI. After our 3 and a half hour journey, we will be transferred from the ferry terminal in Wellington to our hotel. The rest of our afternoon is at leisure in Wellington. We will share our final dinner together (own expense) either along the waterfront or in the trendy inner city lane ways.
- Non refundable deposit is AUD$1,000pp payable within 7 days of booking, final balance due 60 days before departure.
Payment plan available, please enquire.
- Limited Single Rooms available on request – add supplement $1295 to twin share price
- A minimum of 6 women must be booked for this trip to depart with a host. Itinerary and price subject to change at any time. See full terms and conditions on our booking form.
A good level of fitness is required to complete the Queen Charlotte Track.
You should able to walk up to 8 hours (25km of hilly terrain) with a 35 litre backpack weighing up to 7kg, however non-walker options are also available for this tour (additional cost and terms and conditions apply).
A completed medical form is required and in certain circumstances a doctors clearance may be requested.
- 10 nights twin share accommodation*
- 5 Day Queen Charlotte Walk – including most meals, twin share accommodation, luggage service and transfers
- All ferry (Premium Lounge) and land transfers between Wellington and Picton
- Zest Foodie Tour in Wellington
- Private guided Maori Highlights Tour at Te Papa Museum
- 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
- Pre-trek training and preparation program
- Wise Women Walking IOMerino Top, journal and pen.
- Big Heart Adventures host, Lisa Murphy
- Items of a personal nature such as medications, phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
- Optional activities offered outside of the inclusions
Meet your host
Lisa is the founder of Big Heart Adventures and brings an extensive portfolio of personal adventure travel as well as boundless enthusiasm & proven expertise in travel planning. Lisa’s attention to detail and passion for curating unique experiences has allowed her to plan travel, adventures & holidays for an extensive demographic of clients over many years.
An experienced adventure traveller, having completed expeditions including the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, Inca Trail in Peru, Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Overland Track in Tasmania, Milford and Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand to name a few, Lisa knows first-hand the challenges and amazing reward that exploring the outdoors adds to your life.
Departure March 2018
Secure your spot today with a
AUD $1,000 deposit.