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Queen Charlotte Track One Day Guided Cruise and Walk

This is a great trip for those who have limited time or don't want to walk the whole 71-kilometre trail but do want to get a snapshot into some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. Enjoy a rewarding walk along the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track and enjoy the stunning views across the Marlborough Sounds.

Your adventure starts with a scenic boat cruise from Picton, past salmon farms and seabirds on a beautiful voyage to Ship Cove, a historic and scenic reserve that Captain Cook visited several times during the seventeenth century.

From there, enjoy a guided walk along a 14 kilometre stretch of what is generally considered the premier section of the Queen Charlotte track. The walk takes around 5 hours. The bush is mainly a mixture of stunning podocarp and beech forest with punga ferns and other New Zealand native foliage.

Take in the many beautiful views across the Marlborough Sounds while your informative, local guide explains the European and pre-European connections of this significant historical area, as well as providing detailed information on flora and fauna. At one of the viewing areas, stop for a gourmet picnic lunch before continuing on to meet the boat and return back to Picton.

Experience Includes

  • Boat cruise from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Guided walk along the premier section of the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds
  • Informative local guide
  • Gourmet picnic lunch
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Picton hotels


Daily, year round.

Departure location


Start times

7.30am. Pick-ups commence up to 30 minutes before this time.


Approximately 10 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
  • Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
  • The walk is only of moderate difficulty so a basic level of fitness is required.
  • Please note, the weather in New Zealand can be changeable even at the height of summer – please dress according to the weather for the day. A windbreaker, thick socks and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.