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Experience of the Week: New Zealand Hiking tour - Queen Charlotte Track
You won't forget this 4 day New Zealand hiking tour on the Queen Charlotte Track with Wilderness Guides in a hurry. Take in breath-taking coastal views and changing landscapes, as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets.
What is the Experience?
This guided 4 day New Zealand hiking tour on the Queen Charlotte Track with Wilderness Guides is an amazing experience. It offers you breath-taking coastal views and changing landscapes, as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets.
The track will take you through New Zealand’s native bush and beautiful farmland. Native birds will also sing some background music, so no need for your iPod! You will have the opportunity to experience extraordinary birdlife encounters as well as the possibility of seeing dolphins and other marine wildlife along the way.
At the end of your long day, you will enjoy the comfort and hospitality of resort accommodation, in your superior hotel style rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Strategically located along the track, these resorts provide a comfortable bed, delicious meals and a spa pool for you to relax in. What better way to rest those weary feet?
Where is it located?
You will begin the Queen Charlotte Track in Picton, a small town located in the heart of the Queen Charlotte Sound, at the top of the South Island. Picton can easily be reached from both North and South Islands.
Picton has a good range of cafes, restaurants and bars – something for all tastes. For those wanting to make an early start to the track breakfasts in town are available from as early as 7.00am.
Who would enjoy this?
The track is a ‘long’ track not a ‘steep’ track. Therefore, distances each day, especially between Camp Bay and Anakiwa can be long and challenging. If you are moderately fit, however, you should be able to achieve this walk especially as you don’t have to carry your pack. You’ll be provided with a light daypack and your luggage will be transported by water transport each day.
What should I pack?
Other than your clothing we would recommend packing some broken in walking shoes, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, insect repellent, rainproof jacket, warm jersey, bathing wear, nightwear, toiletries and if your travelling in winter some woollen socks, hat and gloves.
The track is 70km long and was first opened in 1983. In 1987 the maintenance of the track was taken over by Department of Conservation (DOC) who had help from 150 men from the New Zealand Air Force to assist in a major three week clean-up project.