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
Possum control operation
DOC undertook a 1080 operation on 29 May 2013 in the Ship Cove/Cannibal Cove area, including part of the Queen Charlotte Track. All tracks and camp/amenity areas were cleared of bait immediately after the drop.
Please follow the instructions on signs placed at normal entry points. These signs will remain in place, and the instructions on them must be followed, for 1 year. When the signs are removed, this means that you can resume normal activities in the area. Please report suspected vandalism or unauthorised removal of signs to the local DOC office.