Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

Marlborough’s brilliant climate allows for good year-round walking conditions along the Queen Charlotte Track. A stay on the Queen Charlotte Track can take as many days as you want (most hikers tend to choose a four day / three night option).

With the freedom to arrange your accommodation along the way from comfortable lodges or back-packers rooms, friendly homestays or campsites planning a hike on the Queen Charlotte Track is easy and the Cougar Line is the best transport to help you move along the track with ease.

Round Trip Track Pass for independent hikers

Round Trip Track Pass

  • Choice of many pick-up and drop-off points
  • Free daily luggage transfer to accommodation
  • Free transfer across Endeavour Inlet from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove
  • Enquire about our group discounts.

Price per person

$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
*Excludes QCTLC Track Pass fee, purchased separately to access privately-owned sections of the track beyond Punga Cove.
Please limit the pack weight to 20kg max. Travel light – supplies, meals and drinks can be purchased along the way. Arrange to leave excess luggage behind at your Picton accommodation.

The Round Trip Track Pass is the easiest and most economical way to walk the Queen Charlotte Track. This ticket will take you to any entry point on the track and return you from any exit point.

Included in this pass is a free transfer across Endeavour Inlet from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove and the free transfer of your luggage to your accommodation along the way. You need only carry a day-pack as you enjoy the spectacular Queen Charotte Track each day!

Round Trip Track Pass for independent hikers

Packaged & guided walk options

In association with The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company we offer a packaged walk with standard or luxury twin-share accommodation, boat transfers and daily lunches included. This is the popular 4 Day Freedom Walk.

Track Distances & walking times

Track Distances and walking timesThe table below shows suggested walking 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.

At these points along the track there is access to the Queen Charlotte Sound. This allows sections of the Track to be missed out by taking boat transfers (extra charges apply). You can finish your walk at any of these points and take the boat back to Picton.


Track Section
Approx. walking times
Ship Cove to Resolution Bay
1hr 25min to 2hrs
Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge
10.5 kms
2hrs to 2hrs 45min
Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove
12.7 kms
2hrs 45min to 4hrs 30 mins
Punga Cove to Portage
5hrs 30min to 7hrs 30min
Punga Cove to Bay of Many Cove*
12 km
4hrs to 5hrs
Portage to Mistletoe Bay
2hrs 25min to 3hrs
Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa
2hrs 30min to 3hrs 45min
* Bay of Many Coves Resort is accessed by side track off the main Queen Charlotte Track and is approximately 1½ - 2 hours walking (steep) off the Track.
A Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (QCTLC) Pass is required to access privately-owned land along the track between Kenepuru Saddle, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle and Anakiwa as marked on the Queen Charlotte Track map (PDF, 787K). The Pass fee contributes to track maintenance, enhancement and access.
This table of suggested walking times 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.

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

Round Trip Track Pass

You can enter and exit the track at any point along the way. Your luggage will be transferred each day to your accommodation of choice along the track. You need only carry a day-pack each day.

Cougar Line reserves the right to amend or cancel sailings in the interest of passenger safety and comfort. While we take all reasonable care of your luggage please understand luggage passes through a number of different hands a day - luggage therefore is transferred at owner’s risk.
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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
Email: info@cougarline.co.nz