Winter rates for New zealand guided walks on the Queen Charlotte track are now available please click on Guided Walks In New Zealand on The Queen Charlotte Track with Natural Encounters
Here are a few questions that i have been getting a lot lately that I thought I would answer. I am about to add a frequently asked questions page to www.natural-encounters.com so stay tuned for that.
How fit do I need to be?
A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk the full length of the Queen Charlotte Track. The maximum amount of walking on the longest day, Punga Cove to Portage Bay is 7 hours. This day also involves walking to the highest point on the track which is 424 meters, 140 feet. Don't forget that you have the option of taking a water taxi at no extra cost from lodge to lodge if you feel like a rest at any time during the 4 day walk.
When is the best time of year to walk the track?
Any time of year is a good time to walk the track as each season has its good and bad points throughout the country. Summer is warm and sunny with little rain but as this is the busiest time of year in terms of visitor numbers to New Zealand there are a lot more people around than other seasons. Autumn is still quite warm during the day and during the night however expect some rain during this time. Winter in the Marlborough region is renowned for clear sunny days, cool nights with little rain although shorter day light hours and spring can be a little windy and can rain quite heavily at times (normally in short sharp bursts) yet the native flowers such as the Rata and Clematis are in full bloom at this time of year along with the native orchids.
What is the accommodation like?
The lodges/resorts that we stay on the Queen Charlotte Track are amongst some of the best in the country. They are all qualmark endorsed accommodation providers meaning that you can expect quality service and excellent facilities. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the restaurants are suburb, serving a range of local fare. two of the resorts we stay at even have swimming pools and saunas.