Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 16th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3hj1jxhf/
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Queen Charlotte Track, in the Marlborough Sounds, should be a must for all tourists visiting the South Island New Zealand. It offers both guided and unguided walks, a touch of history and some of New Zealand's most spectacular views.

Marlborough Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand is an area of incredible beauty. The Sounds are the gateway to the South Island if you are travelling from the North Island to Picton on the inter-island ferry. Queen Charlotte Sound has one of the most popular walking tracks in New Zealand. Because of its spectacular views, unique forest and bush, native birds and walker friendly track, thousands of visitors walk all or part of the track each year.
The track starts at Ship Cove and travels across to Anikiwa. Visitors can choose to walk the entire track, best done over four days, or walk parts of the track as I did.

A Walking Track Suitable for All

One attraction of the Queen Charlotte Track is that it is a suitable walk for all ages, providing the walker has a good level of fitness. I walked parts of the Track with a group of people the year I turned 60, and was the youngest in the group.
You walk at your own pace, stopping to admire the view and get your breath back whenever you need to. Apart from reasonable fitness, walkers should wear strong walking shoes or boots and carry a day pack with snacks and plenty of water. If you're walking the whole track, you can arrange to have your main pack transported from each destination daily.
Queen Charlotte Track starts at Ship Cove and finishes at Anikiwa. It is a 71 km track, usually walked in four or five days. Although the distance may not seem long, it is an undulating track with magnificent scenery, so most walkers cover only one section a day, averaging about seven to fifteen km a day. This may not sound far, but each section does take several hours, depending on your age.
There is a range of accommodation along the way, including tent sites, cabins, and lodge accommodation. These really need to be pre-booked, especially in the high season between November and March, as they are incredibly popular.

History as well as beauty

Queen Charlotte Track, named by Captain James Cook after the wife of King George 111, was developed from the many bridle paths developed during New Zealand's pioneering days in the 1800s.
It is an area rich with both Maori and European history, as well as having bird life, native plants and wonderful scenery. Captain James Cook made his base at Ship Cove in 1770 and returned there each of his subsequent trips. The above picture is one of the cannons from Captain Cook's ship presented by the Admiralty, as part of the memorial to Cook at Ship Cove.

Incredible Beauty at Ship Cove

Walking all or part of the Queen Charlotte Track is something that should be on the itinerary of every visitor to New Zealand. It is a wonderful way to experience some of the beauty New Zealand has to offer.

If you'd like to read more about New Zealand, try:
Cruise Holiday in The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Aotearoa New Zealand – Maori Discovery, British Colony, Dutch Name
T.S.S. Earnslaw: Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
New Zealand - the Upside Down of the World
Autumn in Central Otago, New Zealand


Capt James Cook, Marlborough Sounds, Native Bush, New Zealand, Nz Forest, Nz Walking Tracks, Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Track, Ships Cove, Tourism, Travel, Walking Tour

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author avatar Val Mills
16th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for the quick publication and the Star, Steve.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Good work. And congratulations for the Star. New Zealand is a beautiful country, I understand.

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author avatar mistyleaf
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting article and nice pictures. Thanks for sharing,

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author avatar Hickory Cottage
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Very interesting.

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author avatar Buzz
17th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, Val. Enjoyed reading your star page.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
17th Apr 2012 (#)

I simply must get to New Zealand and go on this walk. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Apr 2012 (#)

how wonderfully relaxing and beautiful...thank you Val...

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author avatar Tess Irons
20th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice article, Val. I would like to go to New Zealand someday.

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