Marlborough region

Queen Charlotte Track. Photo: Gideon Climo.

Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough region map.

The Queen Charlotte Track is a unique partnership between the Department of Conservation, Marlborough District Council and private landowners.

Deep in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, South Island, New Zealand, the Queen Charlotte Track stretches 70 km from the legendary Ship Cove to Anakiwa. The track is easier tramping track standard and is suitable for both walkers and mountain bike riders, taking 3-5 days to complete walking, or 2-3 days for mountain bikers.

There are many places to stay along the way, either in private accommodation or in Department of Conservation campsites. Road and boat transport services (who will carry your pack for you each day) are available from Picton. Mountain biking is allowed on the track all year round except for the section from Ship Cove to Kenepuru Saddle, which is closed in the busy summer season between 1 December and 28 February.

View the Queen Charlotte Track brochure (3,560K).

Pass required: A Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass is required for all Q.C.T.L.C. private land between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa.

More information on the Q.C.T.L.C. Pass

Alert/Important notice

 Pest control operation

DOC has hand laid 1080 toxic baits on the Bottle Rock Peninsula between Ship Cove and Resolution Bay. Bait will not be applied within 5 m of the Queen Charlotte Track, which passes through the area, or within 20 m of the Schoolhouse Bay campsite. 

Warning signs are in place and dogs are to be kept out of the area until the warning signs are removed. The signs will be in place for at least 4 months and up to 8 months depending on monitoring results. 

This is part of a project to develop our ability to prevent rats and possums reinvading an area without the use of predator fences.

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3-5 days one way


70 km

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Nelson/Marlborough track update

Stop the spread of didymo
Check, Clean, Dry
all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Marlborough places


For more information about the Queen Charlotte Track, contact:

Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:      +64 3 520 3002
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Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 546 9339
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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