• Location: Picton, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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If you’re planning to hike in the Marlborough Sounds, this local boat service ensures easy round-trip transport from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three self-guided walks of varying length and challenge. Hop on the boat in the morning to the start of your route at Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay, then be picked up at the other end of your hike in the late afternoon. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea on board as you take in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. 


  • Round-trip boat service and self-guided walk on Queen Charlotte Track, from Picton
  • Choose from three different routes according to your taste for an incredible experience of the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Explore historic Ship Cove before setting out on the trail (if option chosen)
  • Get spectacular views of the Queen Charlotte Sound, and various beaches and forests
  • Look and listen for native birds such as oyster catchers, weka and silvereye
  • Enjoy hiking one of the most popular tracks in New Zealand
  • Rejuvenate with purchased drinks at resorts near the ferry piers and complimentary coffee and tea aboard the boat

What You Can Expect

Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

Walking the Queen Charlotte Track

This round-trip boat service from Picton makes a day hike on the Queen Charlotte Track an easy option for those short on time. The entire 44-mile (70-km) track normally takes a few days complete, but you can explore one of three sections in just one day. This popular tramping route is known for its astounding vistas over Queen Charlotte Sound, situated within the greater Marlborough Sounds. You’ll trek past lush native plants and historic landmarks while on the lookout for birdlife.

Leaving Picton in the morning, climb aboard the boat and cruise Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay to the starting point of your chosen hike. When you reach the other end, the boat picks you up in the late afternoon for the return trip to Picton, which includes complimentary tea or coffee on board. 

Choose from three options in the Itinerary for your day hike along the Queen Charlotte Track. 

You can purchase a drink or bite to eat at the lodges at the end of each walk, but it is recommended that you bring your own snacks and drinks to keep you fortified throughout the day.


Customer Reviews

Marie J B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful trip, particularly walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. Boat trip great, on time and enjoyable, thank you.

Merril T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Well organised trip with the most amazing views you will ever see. We chose the 15km/9mile tramp. There was a lot of UP some steep in places but it was well worth the effort there was plenty of time and even enough time for a beer or a swim, at Furneax Lodge while you wait to be picked.

Sophie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent trip. beautiful trail.

Pam B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great walk. A good welcome at Furneaux Lodge who kindly helped me dry out.
Great trip with Bruce to and from the walk. Bruce was great and managed for us to see dolphin, a family of Orca whales and a seal! What a bonus!

Tina S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

The boat-ride to and from Ships cove/Furneaux lodge was cool, with the person at the helm providing info on the area and interesting and funny banter. I enjoyed the walk, and although I am not that fit I found it easy enough to do in the time provided. Also, there were a reasonable number of people on the track which was pleasant. The scenery was beautiful!

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