QCT Day Walks

  • Family walking Queen Charlotte Track
  • Cougar Line docking at Ship Cove/Meretoto
  • Legs walking Queen Charlotte Track
  • Family waterfall Queen Charlotte Track
  • Couple walking Queen Charlotte Track
  • Furneaux Lodge on Queen Charlotte Track
  • Ship Cove/Meretoto on Queen Charlotte Track

QCT Day Walks

$90 adult | $50 child - explore the lush northern Queen Charlotte Track for a day

Cruise with Cougar Line from Picton to the start of one of four day walk options along the northern Queen Charlotte Track, and rejoin our afternoon boat for a scenic ride home.*

The Queen Charlotte Track offers scenery that will take your breath away including lush native forest and stunning vistas of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough's brilliant climate allows for good year-round conditions along the track. The northern section between Ship Cove/Meretoto and Punga Cove is an excellent section for day walks.

Choose from these day walks:

  1. Ship Cove/Meretoto - Furneaux Lodge (17km - 5.5hr walk). 11am boat drop off Ship Cove/Meretoto | 2.30pm boat pick up Furneaux Lodge (fit, fast walkers only for a day trip). 
  2. Resolution Bay - Ship Cove/Meretoto (6.5km - 2.5hr walk). 11.15am boat drop off Resolution Bay | 2.45pm boat pick up Ship Cove/Meretoto (suitable for all walkers for a day trip).
  3. Resolution Bay - Furneaux Lodge (10.5km - 3hr walk). 11.15am boat drop off Resolution Bay | 3pm boat pick up Furneaux Lodge (suitable for all walkers for a day trip).
  4. Furneaux Lodge - Punga Cove (12.7km - 4hr walk). 11.30am boat drop off Furneaux Lodge | 3.15pm boat pick up Punga Cove (best for mid-fast walkers for a day trip).

Depart Picton at 8 or 10am onboard Cougar Line and cruise onboard to your walking start point, and ensure you're at the boat pick up point by the departure time. 

A great way to get a bite-sized taste of the Queen Charlotte Track.


  • Departs daily except Christmas Day.
  • Child is aged 5-15 years. A child under 5 can travel free with a paying adult.
  • MTC Group cancellation policies apply.

Tour Overview

10am Cougar Line office, Picton Town Wharf, Picton

$90 per adult
$50 per child

Food and beverage purchases at Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove are charged separately.

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Check into Cougar Line office 30 minutes prior to departure - Picton Town Wharf, Picton
Depart Picton, Cougar Line boat trip through Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui to your choice of drop-off point
Get off boat at Ship Cove/Meretoto (5.5hr walk to Furneaux Lodge)
Get off boat at Resolution Bay (2.5hr walk to Ship Cove/Meretoto OR 3hr walk to Furneaux Lodge)
Get off boat at Furneaux Lodge (4hr walk to Punga Cove)
Boat pick up from Ship Cove/Meretoto
Boat pick up from Furneaux Lodge
Boat pick up from Punga Cove
4.30pm approx
Arrive Picton Town Wharf

Queen Charlotte Track Day Walks

  • Departs daily except Christmas Day.
  • Promotional price applies for bookings made by 31 August 2020 and travel before 31 October 2020. ???
  • Child is aged 5-15 years. A child under 5 can travel free with a paying adult.
  • MTC Group cancellation policies apply.


Fill out the form below, or email or call Cougar Line on 03 573 7925 to book your boat ride to your start point on the Queen Charlotte Track. 

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