There are many ways to get to the Queen Charlotte Track however, most visitors coming to walk or cycle the track begin their journey by arriving at Picton, a lovely little town nestled in the heart of the Queen Charlotte Sound, reminiscent of small town New Zealand. For our packages, we often begin the holiday picking you up from Picton, or from Wellington Airport, which is a ferry ride across the Cook Strait away from Picton.
You'll find that Picton, while having all of the best modern touches and amenities, it maintains a unique fishing port charm and is the perfect place to peacefully relax and explore. Many visitors to the Queen Charlotte Track enjoy beginning their trip or ending theri trip enjoying all that Picton offers. Despite being small, there are many things to do in Picton.
One way to get to the Queen Charlotte Track is via private transport. Anakiwa, Mistletoe Saddle, Torea Saddle and Kenepuru Saddle are all accessible by car. Anakiwa, Mistletoe Bay, Torea Bay, Camp Bay, Endeavour Inlet, Resolution Bay and Meretoto/Ship Cove can be accessed by boat. These locations also connect to many beautiful shorter walking trails, which are popular to check out in addition to the Queen Charlotte Track.
In order to get to and from the Queen Charlotte track, there are several transport operators that provide boat transport to guests in nearby hotels to particular points of the track and back. In all of the packages we offer, transport to and from the track is included, and we deliver the guest's luggage to their hotels, so that they don't need to carry a giant hiking backpack. Instead a small daypack will suffice, making the walk all the more enjoyable, and less laborious. This way, guests can focus on the natural beauty of their surroundings rather than carrying their lives in a bag.
Privately owned jetties are also popular for getting to and from the track, many of which are privately owned such as the Outward Bound New Zealand one at Anakiwa. To make sure that the land and the views of it are protected, boats are not allowed to be tied up and left at any jetty in the area.