Mainland Island native wildlife sanctuary located in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.
Wilderness hiking, Accommodation, Marine activities. Where humans and nature work in harmony.

Queen Charlotte Track

Walk the whole length of Queen Charlotte Sound

There is a public track (Queen Charlotte Track) starting at Ship Cove  which ends at Anikiwa at the southern end of Queen Charlotte Sound. If this track is combined with our Outer Queen Charlotte Track this 90km walking experience takes about six to seven days to complete. An unusual feature though is that a well serviced waterway runs alongside the entire length, allowing walkers to design their experience to suit the time available by using a launch service to drop them off and pick them up from almost any point along the way. The launch service will also carry packs between overnight stops.

If you would like to do this is it is far more efficient in terms of launch costs and time to walk the Outer Queen Charlotte Track first. After this is complete the launch service will return the walkers to Ship Cove to continue the journey south.

Suggested Itinerary

Day one

  • Travel from Picton leaving 9am Picton Town wharf Tuesday or Friday. Travel to Ship Cove to get to the Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park Lodge at Anakakata Bay by walking the Outer Queen Chalotte Track. Or stay on the launch to get to Anakakata Bay direct. 

Day two

  • Explore northern Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park by walking a circular route via the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Jackson, returning to the Lodge at Anakakata Bay. Consider adding extra day.

Day three or four

  • The launch will take you from Anakakata bay to Ship Cove to walk on to either the Furneaux Lodge area or Tawa Cove in Endeavour Inlet. Several accommodation places, from backpackers to hotel.

Day four or five

  • Walk from Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove area Several accommodation places, from backpackers to hotel.

Day five or six

  • Walk from Punga Cove to Torea Bay. Several accommodation places, from backpackers to hotel.

Day six or seven

  • Walk from Torea Bay to Anakiwa. Launch will return you in the late afternoon to Picton.


Prices for Outer Queen Charlotte Track as on prices page plus cost of travel and accommodation of your choice Ship cove south.


Contact us for bookings or enquiries


Contact us for bookings or enquiries

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