Our Classic Upgraded Package differs from the Classic and includes upmarket accommodation (en suite, private rooms) daily luggage transfers, all water taxi transfers, a visit to a bird sanctuary island, daily packed lunches and a full information kit. We will even pick you up from you accommodation in Picton and take you back there when you finish your walk. The accommodation is in Studio suites at Furneaux Lodge and private en suite rooms at Punga Cove and Lochmara Lodge. Your lunch is included every day and evening meals and breakfasts can be purchased from the restaurants at the lodges.
DAY 1 - Picton - Ships Cove to Furneaux Lodge Approx walking time- 14.5Km's - 5 hours Pick up from local accommodation. Boat cruise from Picton- A full commentary is given as you make your way along the Queen Charlotte Sound, before stopping to visit a protected, predator free island to see rare saddleback birds. Begin the walk at Ships Cove and learn about the historical and natural aspects of this area. Fabulous 360 degree vistas as you walk amongst tree ferns and Nikau palms to your accommodation for this evening at Furneaux Lodge, an historic lodge that has been greeting guests for many years. Studio suite accommodation.
DAY 2 - Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Resort Approx walking time- 11.5Km's - 4.5 hours After a relaxed breakfast you make your way around Endeavor Inlet to Punga Cove Resort. Discover the fascinating antimony mining history of this area. The highlight of this afternoons walk is the abundance of native bird life along this section of the track. You may even have the opportunity to meet one of New Zealand's cheekiest native birds, the Weka. Enjoy a drink at the Boatshed Bar on arrival or maybe a relaxing soak in the Lodge's hot tub.
DAY 3 - Punga Cove Resort to Lochmara Lodge via Torea Bay Approx walking time- 23Km's - 7.5 hours Todays section of the track involves expansive ridge top walking with stunning views for the majority of the day. Considered the most challenging day of the trip yet extremely well rewarding.. Tucked beside the water's edge in Lochmara Bay, the Lodge has its own sandy beach and is surrounded by the bush clad hills of the Marlborough Sounds. Unique and breathtakingly beautiful, Lochmara Lodge offers a total experience. Well-appointed rooms all with sea views this is the perfect place to enjoy your last night on the track. Guests walk 23km's on this day to Torea/Portage Bay and then get a scheduled water taxi (included in package) around to Lochmara Lodge arriving around 4.30pm. There is the option of going by water taxi (extra cost) from lodge to lodge if guests wish to if they do choose not to walk this section.
DAY 4 - Lochmara Lodge to Anakiwa - Picton Approx walking time- 20Km's - 7 hours Begin the day by walking up the lodges side track to rejoin the main track. A mixture of established native beech trees and regenerating forest makes up todays walk. In the afternoon it is an easy stroll down to Anakiwa where you water taxi will take you back to Picton returning about 4pm. We will meet you off the boat and return you to your accommodation in Picton. The five day option has two nights at Lochmara Lodge with the 4th day considered a rest day where you can go kayaking or exploring their extensive grounds with nature and art trails. Includes: Picton accommodation transfers Visit a bird sanctuary Island All water taxi transport Daily luggage transfers All accommodation - en suite bathrooms, private balconies Packed lunches Information pack plus map 5 day includes an additional nights accommodation at Lochmara Lodge Accommodation Furneaux Lodge – Suite, Punga Cove Resort - Private room, Lochmara Lodge – Chalet.