Queen Charlotte Track
|Queen Charlotte Track|
Te Mahia Bay, a typical view from Queen Charlotte Track
|Length||70 km (43 mi)|
|Location||Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand|
|Designation||Walking Track and "Great Rides" Cycle Trail|
|Trailheads||Ship Cove, Anakiwa|
|Highest point||Ridgeline near Bay of Many Coves 470 m (1,540 ft)|
|Lowest point||0 m (0 ft)|
|Trail difficulty||Easy (walking), Grade 3-4 (Mountain biking)|
|Sights||Sounds, sandy beaches, lush coastal native bush|
|Website||Department of Conservation and Queen Charlotte Track Inc|
The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km long New Zealand walking track between Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough Sounds. It extends from Ship Cove in the north to Anakiwa in the south. For most parts, the track leads through native bush along the ridgeline of hills between the sounds, offering good views either side.
The track is maintained by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) and is well formed and easy to follow. It is one of the most popular tramping tracks in New Zealand, and is also open to mountain biking all year round except for the section from Ship Cove to Kenepuru Saddle, which is closed for mountain biking from December to February.
The walking track leads over mainly clay soil, with bridges over all major streams, and reaches from sea level to 470m high. It is not a difficult track, however, it is a long track, with the section between Camp Bay and Torea Saddle over 23 km long. The entire one-way trip can be completed in 3–5 days by foot, or 13 hours by bike (typically split over two days). Queen Charlotte Track is also popular for day walks, with road access points at Camp Bay, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle, and Anakiwa, and boat transfer access at Ship Cove, Resolution Bay, Endeavour Inlet, Camp Bay, Torea Bay, Mistletoe Bay, and Anakiwa. Boat transport is available from and to Picton.
Queen Charlotte Track passes several Department of Conservation campsites, as well as private accommodations, as it crosses private land on some sections. Side tracks lead to the Bay of Many Coves and Lochmara Bay. Adults walking or biking the track require a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C.) Pass on Q.C.T.L.C. private land between Kenepuru Saddle and just past Mistletoe Bay. The fee contributes to track maintenance, enhancement and access.
(links to map & photo sources)
|Camp Bay/Kenepuru Saddle|
|Torea Saddle/Portage Bay|
|Mistletoe Bay/Te Mahia Saddle|
- "1 Mar: Queen Charlotte Track opening". New Zealand Cycle Trail Website. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
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