Bike the Queen Charlotte Track

The longest dual purpose track in New Zealand, broad enough to handle both mountain bikers and walkers with ease, and with scenery that will take your breath away it's no wonder that the Queen Charlotte Track is regarded by many bikers as the best track ride in New Zealand! It's a great way to do the track in 2 - 3 days, depending on your fitness.

Mountain bikers of all levels will revel in the undulating landscape of the 71km Queen Charlotte Track. The track can be comfortably ridden from Ship Cove to Anakiwa in two days by people with a reasonable level of fitness or three days if more time is available. There are challenging climbs and descents for the experienced. It's safe too for novice riders and there are easy exit points for those not wishing to ride the most technical sections, take the road or cruise ahead with us.

And while you're pedalling in freedom, we'll transfer your packs daily between accommodation.

Round Trip Track Pass for mountain bikers

Round Trip Track Pass

  • Choice of many pick up and drop-off points
  • Bike transport to track & free daily luggage transfer
  • enquire about our group discounts

Price per person

$ adult return, + $ or $ for each bike transfer
$ (5-15 years) return, + $ or $ for each bike transfer
Free child (under 5 years)
Please Note:
  • Excludes QCTLC Track Pass fee, purchased separately to access privately-owned sections of the track beyond Punga Cove.
  • We understand the great investment you have made when purchasing your bike and we will ensure your bike is stowed carefully while in transit.
  • Queen Charlotte Track from Ship Cove/Meretoto to Camp Bay (beside Punga Cove) is closed to mountain bikes between 1 December and 28 February every year. During this period you can start riding the Queen Charlotte Track from Punga Cove onwards.

It is easy to plan a bike trip with Cougar Line. A Round Trip Track Pass will take you and your bike to and from the track. Cougar Line will transfer your bike safely in bike racks on board the boats to the beginning of your Queen Charlotte Track adventure and will transfer your luggage daily on to your choice of accommodation.

We can package together a top mountain bike hire and boat transfers. Combination biking and kayaking trips and transfers are also packaged to make planning a breeze. Free transfer of luggage to accommodation each day means you have no bulk to carry and freedom to move.

Round Trip Track Pass for mountain bikers

Track Distances & biking times

Track Distances and biking times

The table below shows suggested biking times and is intended as a general guide only.

The stated times do not include stops for rests, refreshments or photos - please add on an allowance for these.


Track Section
Approx. biking times
Ship Cove to Punga Cove*
approx 5 hours
Punga Cove to Portage
20.5 kms
approx 4 hours
Portage to Anakiwa
20 kms
approx 4 hours
* The full track is open to bikers from 1 March to 30 November, and year-round from Punga Cove to Anakiwa.

Bike hire

For bike hire visit Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company . This New Zealand Tourism award winning company (next to to ours) can provide you with top quality equipment and advice necessary to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience.

Experience the Queen Charlotte Track with Cougar Line

  • Free daily luggage/pack transfer between accommodation
  • Full choice of drop-off and pick-up points along the Track
  • Swift smooth transfers in a modern luxury catamaran
  • Experienced skipper and crew, knowledgeable commentary
  • Free tea and coffee as you cruise
  • View abundant sea and bird life as you cruise
  • Freedom walk or guided walk packages

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Cougar Line

Marlborough Sounds premier water transport company, has more than 25 years experience transporting people and goods to and from the Queen Charlotte track, resorts and private homes along the Marlborough Sounds. You can trust Cougar Line to ensure your Marlborough Sounds experience goes to plan.

Cougar Line, The Waterfront

PO Box 238, Picton, New Zealand
Freephone: 0800 50 40 90 (within NZ only)
Phone: + 64 3 573 7925
Fax: + 64 3 573 7926