Hiking the Queen Charlotte Sound track

This 70km track takes you from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and can be walked in 3 – 5 days, or if you’re short on time you can do a day trip, hiking a small portion of the track with a boat trip at either end. It’s a great way to see the stunning coastline and historic landmarks if you don’t have the time or the equipment for more than a day hike.

Picton is a tiny town nestled deep inside the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound and it’s the perfect base for this multiday treck. Here you can hire or buy equipment or book yourself onto a tour for a day trip, which is exactly what we did with very limited time.

We started our day early, waiting in the misty Picton harbour for our ferry to arrive. The journey was pleasant, passing 5* resorts on the side of mountains and following a pod of dolphins for a little while. Our starting point was Ship’s Cove, discovered by James Cook when his ship, The Endeavour, anchored there to replenish supplies.

It’s a gorgeous and relatively easy 5km walk to the next port of call, Endeavour Inlet. You climb the rolling hills with incredible views of the Sound, make your way through the forest and eventually back to the water where you’ll find a hotel and pub by the water, the perfect spot for a beer while you wait for the ferry back to Picton. If you’re doing the whole walk it’s a good place to spend the night.

Check out the Queen Charlotte Sound website for more information.

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