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Reviewed 3 days ago

Took bikes by Arrow water taxi from Anakiwa to Torea Saddle and cycled back to Anakiwa. Torea Saddle to Te Mahia a tricky grade 4, but can be avoided by taking the road via Portage. Te Mahia to Anakiwa grade 3, with lot of roots...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DrJools
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This track came with outstanding reviews from friends. Said friends have done the whole walk 6 times. 6 times. We had planned to walk the 71km in 4 days. We pulled the plug after 2. Every cnr had pretty much the same view. Don't get...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tracey C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great 1/2 day walk, 15km with a water taxi to/from each end arranged with Cougar Line from Picton, which was first class.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RogerH1000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the water taxi from Anakiwa to Mistletow Bay and walked back to Anakiwa. Total distance was 15 km which took us 4hrs. We walked slowly enjoying the scenary an sounds of nature. The view to the sea was sometimes blocked by vegetation but...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Juri A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tougher walking than expected, with some steep hills, the Queen Charlotte Track was nonetheless stunning. We walked it at the end of January/February and did it the easy way, with accommodation arranged by Natural Encounters and our luggage moved from lodge to lodge. For us...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Clearhorizons
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Did the walk in sections, travelling back to Picton each night. This is a great option as you don’t have to unpack your bag each night and you can vary walk days pending weather conditions

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Airsails
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

I absolutely recommend this walk. The views are amazing. The beautiful landscape changes a couple of times which makes the walk even more interesting. We did the 71km in 3 days and carried all camping gear with us. This meant min. 8 hours of walking...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Danielaworldtraveler
Reviewed 10 February 2019

We walked the track by staying two nights in Akaroa (took the water taxi to Torea bay, the Portage stop, and walked back, technically two sections), and two nights in Portage (water taxi to Punga Cove and walked back to Portage). We loved this more...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Granduelle
Reviewed 9 February 2019

We booked a trip out on Cougar for a four hour walk. Drop off and pickups on time. One and a half hour sail both ways with super scenery and a delightful walk from lodge to lodge, with just enough time at the end for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lynneandkeith
Reviewed 8 February 2019

My wife and I returned yesterday after thoroughly enjoying our 4 days on the trail. The first day from Ships Cove was disappointing as it was mainly through dense bush with brief glimpses of the sounds. We thought if it was all going to be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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5 February 2019|
Response from diampe | Reviewed this property |
Yes for sure. It’s about an 800m walk up hill to get to the track and then you can head either way along the track for as long as you wish.
Polly A
19 January 2019|
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Response from qhere | Reviewed this property |
It actual TRACK appears to be an "all year" operation. I'm sure in the middle of the Southern Hemisphere winter (basically June-Aug, maybe some of September) some of the smaller accommodations might be "on holiday" or... More
Ana C
16 December 2018|
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Response from QCTInc | Property representative |
Hi Ana C, All accommodation and transport options can be found at the Queen Charlotte Track Inc web page. qctrack You can arrange luggage transport with your boat transport. Below are the long term car parks found in... More