1. QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK
A track for all seasons
The Queen Charlotte Track is a 71km long walking track between Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough Sounds. It extends from Ship Cove in the north to Anakiwa in the south. For most parts, the track leads through beautiful lush native bush along the ridgeline of hills between the sounds, offering amazing views either side.
From early 2013 on, the Queen Charlotte Track also has become one of the New Zealand Cycle Trails, accessible for mountain bike riders.
The track is maintained by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) and is well formed and easy to follow. It is one of the most popular tramping tracks in New Zealand, and is also open to mountain biking all year round except for the section from Ship Cove to Kenepuru Saddle, which is closed for mountain biking from December to February.
The walking track leads over mainly clay soil, with bridges over all major streams, and reaches from sea level to 400m high. It is not a difficult track, however, it is a long track, with the section between Camp Bay and Torea Saddle over 23km long. The entire one-way trip can be completed in 3-5 days by foot, or 13 hours by bike (typically split over two days). Queen Charlotte Track is also popular for day walks, with road access points at Camp Bay, Torea Saddle, Te Mahia Saddle, and Anakiwa, and boat transfer access at Ship Cove, Resolution Bay, Endeavour Inlet, Camp Bay, Torea Bay, Mistletoe Bay, and Anakiwa. Boat transport is available from and to Picton.
For more information on the Queen Charlotte Track please go to – http://www.qctrack.co.nz/
2. The Link Pathway
Inner Marlborough Sounds
The Link Pathway is a community project to create a 42 kilometre walk / cycle path that links between Picton and Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ.
The Link Pathway project began in 2005 with a desire by Inner Marlborough Sounds residents to see pathways established between local communities. As initial pathways were created the vision grew to build a continuous high-standard pathway on public land between Havelock and Picton, that included Anakiwa. This will effectively extend the existing popular Queen Charlotte Track, and link it directly to Picton and the inter-island ferries, and thus the Link Pathway project took on regional and national significance.
3. ESSONS VALLEY WALKWAY
A peaceful & beautiful walk
The track starts off at Garden Terrace at the end of Devon Street near Alexanders Motor Camp.
There are two tracks to the Upper and Lower Dams each about 40 minutes. A pleasant three kilometre walk through native bush. The reservoirs contain the emergency water supply for Picton. By night glow worms may be seen at various points approximately halfway along the walk.
Picton & the Marlborough Sounds are rich in walking tracks and hiking options. Make your own plan or be guided by one of Picton’s specialist guide companies and get amongst some of New Zealand’s most amazing coastal scenery.
Here are a selection of other local Picton walks.
4. Shelly Beach to Bob’s Bay, Picton
Easy grade walk from Picton Marina – 15 minutes each way – great for a picnic!
5. Picton Marina to Waikawa Marina
Moderate Grade – Allow one hour each way – start at the Picton Emergency Centre located behind the Picton Marina – Food available at both ends!
6. The Snout Walkway
Moderate grade walk – Allow 2 hours each way – toilet half way – Start at Bob’s Bay, Picton.
7. Tirohanga Walkway and Hill View
Moderate to energetic grade walk – Amazing Views over Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound – Allow 50 minutes each way – Starts at Newgate Street, Picton.