Marlborough region

Queen Charlotte Track. Photo: Gideon Climo.

Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough region map.

The Queen Charlotte Track is a unique partnership between DOC, Marlborough District Council and private landowners.

Deep in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, the track stretches 70 km from the legendary Ship Cove to Anakiwa. It 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 DOC 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

 Total fire ban / Track work / Pest control project

There is a total fire ban in the Marlborough area. 

Tree clearance

Marlborough Lines will be clearing a large windfall and associated vegetation near the Queen Charlotte Track in Endeavour Inlet close to Furneaux Lodge on 11 February 2015 (alternate day 12 February). Marlborough Lines staff will be onsite and at times will need to close the track. Delays will usually be 5 to 10 minutes however a longer delay may be needed while the main tree is cleared. Follow  instructions of staff and allow additional walking time to allow for the delays.

Track upgrade

DOC staff will be upgrading the Queen Charlotte Track in Endeavour Inlet between The Pines and Furneaux Lodge using a digger and other machinery. Signage will be in place and staff will be onsite to assist track users. Delays are possible but unlikely. Please follow the directions of staff at all times.

Pest control project

The Bottle Rock Peninsula between Ship Cove and Resolution Bay is part of a project to prevent rats and possums reinvading an area without using predator fences.

The project uses traps, some of which can be seen from the Queen Charlotte Track and toxins (including diphacinone, pindone and cyanide). 1080 toxic baits were also handlaid on 2 September 2014 (except within 5 m of the Queen Charlotte Track or 20 m of the Schoolhouse Bay Campsite).

Warning signs are in place and dogs must be kept out of the area until these are removed (up to 8 months depending on monitoring results).

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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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