Queen Charlotte Track Walks

Queen Charlotte Track Walks

Track Walk Options » The Great Track & Pack Pass

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The Great Track & Pack Pass

Duration: Approximately 4 days walking time, or at your own leisure

Distance: 71km (approx 45 miles)

Route: From Ship Cove to Anakiwa

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Things you may find useful on your trip:
  • Q.C.T.L.C. Pass if crossing private land
  • Food and water (some nearby lodges do meals and snacks; check opening hours)
  • Eftpos card/money (means & snacks at some lodges)
  • Queen Charlotte Track brochure. Download PDF
  • Sunhat, warm clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Bike repair kit (if biking)
  • Warm layer of clothes and hat
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • First aid kit: insect repellent, personal medication (e.g. antihistamine for allergy to wasp stings)
  • Track elevation map PDF
  • Track Accommodation Guide PDF
  • Camera (recommended)
Track Safety

More information on Track Safety can be found on the Department of Conservation website

The Great Track & Pack Pass

The Great Track and Pack Pass offers the ultimate Queen Charlotte Track experience - 71 kilometres from Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Choose your walking/ cycling distances and accommodation stopovers and enjoy verdant New Zealand forest (bush) with its vocal birdlife, and accommodation to suit your budget.

Your adventure will begin as you cruise north from Picton on one of the Beachcomber’s fleet through the drowned river valleys of the Queen Charlotte Sound, past idyllic bays where jetties jut into silken water. If you are lucky you may see some of the rich wildlife of this unique region: dolphins, orcas, seals, penguins, albatross and gannets.

Your skipper will talk about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and – if there is time- will get closer to any passing wildlife, including dolphins who like to play in the wake of the boat.

At Ship Cove, you will learn about the historically significant bay which provided safe anchorage, food, water and timber for explorer Captain James Cook and his ship crews on five separate occasions in the 1770s.

The Queen Charlotte Track, which is part of the Te Araroa pathway, offers a variety of experiences. You will walk/bike through cool native trees and ferns which open out to reveal stunning views, follow the shoreline around Endeavour Inlet, up and along a ridge which divides the sparkling blue waters of Queen Charlotte Sound and the opaquely green sea of the sheltered Kenepuru Sound, and down to secluded beaches where you can swim or rest.

We recommend that the track is walked or biked from north to south and your accommodation booked prior to your departure from Picton.

The Great Track & Pack Pass includes the following:

  • A drop-off at Ship Cove (the beginning of the track) on one of our 3 scheduled boats.
  • A pick-up from Anakiwa at 3:30pm with an approximate arrival back in Picton of 4:00pm/4:30pm.
  • Free luggage transfers along the track

View Queen Charlotte Track accommodation here.

Route Map for The Great Track & Pack Pass