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Queen Charlotte Track Trio 3D2N Adventure Walk, Cycle & Kayak, Partially Guided

Queen Charlotte Track Trio 3D2N Adventure Walk, Cycle & Kayak, Partially Guided

Queen Charlotte Track Trio 3D2N Adventure Walk, Cycle & Kayak, Partially Guided

$1,250.00

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At A Glance

Enjoy three days of glorious cycling, walking and kayaking on the Queen Charlotte Track, staying in two lodges in Marlborough Sounds. This is a great combination of relaxation and adventure. Explore the world famous Queen Charlotte Track in three authentic ways!

We have everything arranged for you so that you can just enjoy exploring the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track on foot, on wheels and on the water over 3 enjoyable days. Rest each night at the iconic accommodation available in Marlborough Sounds within access to the Queen Charlotte Track in a stunning setting.

The Queen Charlotte Track, a 70km long New Zealand walking and cycling trail, is renowned for its stunning views and contrasting landscape, historical landmarks and a wide variety of native bush and wildlife. The track is one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks and part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, one of the 22 Great Rides.

The spectacular trail, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through dense coastal forest, tranquil coves and inlets, and along awe inspiring skyline ridges offering breathtaking views. This comfortable itinerary takes in all the highlights of the famous track incorporating gorgeous coastal hikes, exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and admiring the lush native forest. This is a unique and spectacular walking trip through a renowned area of natural beauty and significance. As you pass through lush coastal forests, historic bays, and along dramatic ridges you'll learn of the region's heritage from your expert guides. The terrain is varied and the itinerary mixes easily manageable sections with more challenging routes. A moderate level of fitness is recommended to make the most of this exhilarating experience.

Each night you'll stay in superior ensuite rooms with guaranteed sea views at 4 - 4.5 star lodges, all within a superb setting. Your accommodation is on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense). Your tour also includes lunches and return transfers from/to Picton. Breakfasts and dinners are at your own expense. There are restaurants on site offering an a la carte menu.

Combining the best of New Zealand cycling, walking and kayaking experiences with iconic accommodation in Marlborough Sounds, Queen Charlotte Track Trio Adventure is utterly unique.

Walking - Guided
Cycling - Self Guided provided with map & trip notes
Kayaking - Guided

Departure Dates:
Departure daily on request.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

Queen Charlotte Track Gradient Map

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  • FEATURES

    Queen Charlotte Track: The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km long New Zealand walking track. The spectacular walking track, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. It offers a spectacular journey by foot through the Marlborough Sounds.




    Marlborough Sounds: Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. The area has three main bodies of water - Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorous Sounds. The Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds is known as the finest and most diverse coastal track in New Zealand.

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  • Accommodation

    2 nights' accommodation at two different locations (4 to 4.5 star).

    Punga Cove Resort
    Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.



    Explore the turquoise waters in our sea kayaks or visit nearby islands and cruise the sounds in search of playful Dusky Dolphins. Experience the leafy wonders of the Queen Charlotte Track or catch fish in the bay. Join an outer sound fishing charter or take a gourmet picnic lunch and a bottle of champagne to a secluded beach nearby. Enhance your holiday's relaxation with a meal in their restaurant situated to give breathtaking views of the Endeavour Inlet.

    Portage Hotel
    The Portage Hotel is nestled at the narrowest point between Queen Charlotte & Kenepuru Sounds with a wonderful view into Kenepuru Sound. This well-established hotel has a reputation for a fine restaurant and features natural timber chalets. This package includes accommodation in Hillside ensuite-style units. All have comfortable furniture, views overlooking the resort to the turquoise waters of Kenepuru Sound.



    Please contact us for room or accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    A freshly packed lunch (sandwich, home baking, fruit and a juice) will be provided.

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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided walking on the Queen Charlotte Track on day 1
    - Self guided cycling on the Queen Charlotte Track on day 2
    - Expert guided kayaking in Queen Charlotte Sound on day 3
    - 2 nights accommodation with iconic accommodation
    - 4 lunches
    - Water taxi transfers
    - Return transfer from/to Picton
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights' accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses).
    - 3 lunches
    - Self guided cycling with support team. Includes bike hire, trail maps with route notes
    - Guided walking & kayaking with experienced guides
    - Return transport to/from Picton
    - Water transport to and from track
    - Queen Charlotte Track Pass
    - Luggage transfers
    - Small group of 12 or less
  • walk/cycle/kayak distance & Cycling Route

    Day 1: Approximately 15 km, 5 hours (walk)
    Day 2: Approximately 23.6 km, 4 hours (cycle)
    Day 3: Approximately 12 km, 5 hours (kayak)

    Queen Charlotte Track 3 Day Trio Cycling Route on Day 2
  • Walking, Cycling & Kayaking GRADING



    Queen Charlotte Track is an intermediate to advanced trail with a lot of ups and downs. For experienced cyclers, you can ride on the trail. For people who don't have much experience with trail riding, you have the option to ride on the scenic Kenepuru Road.
  • FAQ's

    What is the pick-up and drop-off location and time?
    Pick up is around 7:30am from your Picton accommodation or other places in Picton per arrangement on Day 1. You’ll be transferred back to Picton by 4:00 to 4:30pm on the final day. If you are flying out of Blenheim Airport, be sure not to book any flight departing before 6:00pm. It is normally possible to catch a late ferry or Soundsair flight as long as this is not before 5:30pm.

    How much weight do we carry?
    Remember you only need to carry a day pack with your lunch, raincoat, something warm and water bottle/camera - this definitely makes the walk easier. Your over-night luggage is transported by boat each day. If you are on a guided walk, your guide will encourage you to walk at your own pace rather than walk always as a group - it is your holiday after all.

    How fit do I need to be?
    The enjoyment of any walk is better if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. If you take activities 2 or 3 times a week such as walking, golfing, running, gym, then this is an excellent base for you to take a Queen Charlotte Track multi-day walking tour.

    In the lead up to the trip, please try to do at least one long walk (up to 8 hours) to prepare. In addition, please also include some hill walking activities as the Queen Charlotte Track does have some steeper sections. However, keep in mind the longest day also has an optional boat ride for those who want a day of rest or an easier walk.

    What do I need to bring?
    We will provide you with a gear list after booking.

    Where I can park my car if I self drive to Picton?
    There are a few carparks in Picton.

    Where can I storage my excess luggage whilst I am walking?
    One luggage (max weight of 15kg) is limited per person when walking the Queen Charlotte as the luggage is transported by water taxi each day and lifted on and off boats. A suitcase with wheels or duffle bag is fine. We have room to store any excess luggage at the guide’s office. Alternatively, you can storage your excess luggage at your pre-trip accommodation in Picton. Be sure to pack just enough for the duration of your tour on the track and leave any unnecessary items in storage.

    What walking footwear do I need?
    We recommend sturdy walking shoes or boots at all times of the year. In the winter, boots are preferable particularly if there has been a lot of rain. In the height of summer, a strong walking shoe with a good tread is fine. Running shoes are not generally recommended although if this is all you have, at the height of summer, they would suffice. We would not recommend wearing new boots for a multi-day trip. Boots or shoes should be well worn in for maximum comfort.

    Do I need a walking pole?
    Walking poles are a useful accessory but not essential. Many walkers use them as a tool to preserve they back and knees. This is definitely a personal preference. In most places the Queen Charlotte Track is well-formed, wide and with a good surface although at times of heavy rain, the clay base to the track can become slippery and poles are welcome. A good Manuka stick picked up along the trail and re-turned to the bush at the end works just as well. We do have walking poles available for hire if you don’t wish to bring one from home (pre-booking of walking poles is essential).

    Can I catch a water taxi if I don’t think I can walk the long day?
    Yes. This is one of the wonderful appeals about the Queen Charlotte Track that on the long day, or any day for that matter, you can opt to travel by boat and take in the sights of the Marlborough Sounds from the water. The water taxi is an additional cost to package prices but we can assist with advice and booking before or during your trip. Payment is required prior to your trip.

    If your spouse or travelling partner does not wish to walk or bike and you do, water transport can even be arranged throughout for non-walkers.

    Is there Wi-Fi, Internet or mobile reception along the Queen Charlotte Track?
    Mobile reception is sporadic along the track. It is available on the first day on the boat journey out to the start of Queen Charlotte Track but from Ship Cove as far as Camp Bay (the first two days) there is no reliable coverage. The sections of the track which traverse the ridgelines (normally Day Three and Four) do offer good mobile coverage. All the lodges along the track have phone lines and some have limited internet access available for guests, either provided free or with a small charge. It is best to plan for limited or no internet coverage and some mobile coverage. If you have important messages or would like to give a contact number in case of emergency to family and friends, you are welcome to use your guides’ satellite phone.

    Are there washing/drying facilities along the Queen Charlotte Track?
    Most of the larger lodges along the Queen Charlotte Track either offer access to washing/drying facilities which are coin operated or they offer a laundry service for a fee. One or two lodges have a drying room but you should plan to take a change of clothes for each day in your overnight luggage.

    Can I use credit card and are there ATMs along the Queen Charlotte Track?
    All the lodges along the Queen Charlotte Track have credit card facilities and Eft-pos. Please have some cash as you may need it for the water taxi during the trip.

    What accommodation options do we have pre and post walk?
    Escape To Picton (5 star)
    Sited by the town’s waterfront, overlooking the marina. The boutique accommodation is a stone’s throw from regular boating tours of the Marlborough Sounds and connections to the famous Queen Charlotte walking track. A mere 20 minute drive separates us from the seemingly endless vineyards of the Wairau and Awatere valleys and the remarkable wineries dotted among them.

    McCormick House B & B (5 star)
    Set in a quiet sunny location, on half an acre (2000sqm) of private, established forest gardens. McCormick House is ideally located just 3 minutes drive from Picton Interisland ferry, bus stops and train station, or 20 minutes drive from Blenheim airport. Eco friendly McCormick House is also only minutes walk from Picton town centre, cafés, restaurants and galleries.

    The Sounds Retreat Lodge (5 star)
    In the stunning Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand's South Island, The Sounds Retreat Luxury Lodge is a spectacular paradise showcasing nature and luxury living at its finest. With a focus on unparalleled service and exquisite creature comforts, this award-winning private lodge is an ideal way to vacation in a most marvelous destination.

    Sennen House B & B (4 star)
    This accommodation is a 15 minutes walk from the beach. Built in 1886, the historic 2-storey Sennen House offers free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. All accommodation boasts ornate furnishings and décor. The property is ideally situated for exploring the Queen Charlotte Track. Surrounded by lovely manicured gardens, Picton Sennen House is less than a 5 minute drive from the Picton foreshore and the Picton Ferry Terminal.

    Picton Yacht Club Hotel (4 star)
    Set beside Picton Harbour, this stylish and modern hotel provides a great base to explore the dramatic local coastline and New Zealand's wine country. It features an award-winning restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool.
  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Picton New Zealand
    - There are a number of ways to get to Picton, which is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Depending on your point of origin, you may be coming from either Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch International Airport.
    - There are direct flights with Air New Zealand from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to Blenheim Airport, about 20 minutes' drive from Picton. Affordable shuttles are available or you can rent a car.
    - If coming from Wellington, you can also catch either the Bluebridge or Interislander ferry service across Cook Strait which berths in Picton. Or you can catch the small commuter airline, Soundsair, which has a base at Wellington Airport.
  • Weather and Climate

    Because much of the Marlborough region is sheltered by high country to the west, south and in some areas to the east, its New Zealand’s sunniest region, averaging 2,400 hours of sunshine each year.The Marlborough Sounds is blessed with a great year round climate – however, New Zealand weather generally is said to have ‘four seasons in one day’ so it is important to come prepared. Layered clothing is best including a thermal undergarment, fleece top, shorts, long trousers, warm jacket and rain coat.

    Summers are filled with warm, dry and settled weather. Typical summer daytime maximum air temperatures range from 20°C to 26°C, but occasionally rise above 30°C. High temperatures are sometimes accompanied by dry, hot winds from the northwest that create distinctive ‘wave’ cloud formations.

    Winter days often start with a frost, but are usually mild overall. Late winter and early spring is normally the most unsettled time of the year. Typical winter daytime maximum air temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C. Mean annual rainfall is around 1,200mm, with only 76 wet days on average per year; the micro-climate of the Marlborough Sounds has slightly higher rainfall.

    12 Apostle walk temperature

    (Data sourced from climate-data.org, monitored at Picton , Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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    reviews This was really a unique holiday. We loved the trio combination of exploring the Queen Charlotte Track. Our guides for the hike and kayaking were lovely. They were very caring and patient. They took us to some lovely spots where we saw some amazing scenery. We thoroughly enjoyed the bicycle ride as it was self guided with a map and trip notes. Our group were all lovely and we all got on very well. We had plenty of laughs over the 3 days. This had such a great time away.
    Review by Jerry / (Posted on 4/20/2018)
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